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Learn about and experience nature with Gini from Wild with Wheels on this accessible nature scoot through Kings Wood as part of the Heart of Kent Walking Festival 2023.

  • 30 Mar 2023
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm
  • Challock

Kings Wood lies in the heart of Kent Downs Area of Natural Beauty.  A section of the 153 mile North Downs Way, passes through these woods, which has been used as an ancient pilgrimage route and local folk since medieval times.

Wild with Wheels provide Accessible Nature Experiences throughout Kent. Our experienced Disabled Walks Leader Gini Mitchell and North Downs Way Ambassador Michael Harden will be guiding this walk, which aims to encourage those with mobility limitations who rely on wheeled equipment, to access the beautiful wild spaces in Kent.  We will be following the accessible track alongside the North Downs Way, which hosts one of many Art Installations in the area.

To mark International Forest Day on 21st March, we will be immersing ourselves in the Wood, to celebrate and appreciate all that trees  and the life within them, have to offer.  We will learn more about the native wildlife and discover the nurturing benefits of trees.  We will spend a moment forest bathing, as well as offering a chance to find out more about your Birth Tree.

Ensure you have a full battery, which is in good condition and can manage at least 9 miles range (just in case).  The terrain should be good for most boot scooters / power chairs and is suitable for wheelchair users too (who can manage the distance).  Any questions on the accessibility, then please get in touch as we are happy to help.  We have 2 routes, so depending on the ground conditions, we will decide which way to go nearer the time, as we will avoid any mud if it’s been wet recently.  We shall send pre wheeled-walk information after receiving your booking confirmation.

Walk Details

Walk Leaders: Gini Mitchell & Michael Harden
Distance: 4 miles approx (TBC)  (Allow for 9 miles capacity on mobility battery)
Duration: 2 hours
Grade: 2 – Suitable for Mobility Scooters, All Terrain Wheelchairs, Power Chairs.  No sit spots.  Hard surfaced, but maybe muddy patches and some uneven terrain depending on weather.  Mainly flat and no steep inclines
Walk Type: Circular
Accessibility Grade: A1 – Easy access
Age Suitability: All Ages, Accompanying Carers and family allowed
You will need: Bring mobility equipment with fully charged, well maintained battery, you will need a range capacity of ideally 9 miles. Bring snacks and drink and suitable clothing for the weather conditions. Allow extra layers if you are a seated participant.
Toilet Facilities: No Toilet facilities on route,  Nearest Public Toilet is a public disabled toilet  at Taylors Hill, Chilham Carpark  CT4 8BZ (closes at 5pm)  and a disabled toilet at Perry Court Farm Cafe, Canterbury Road, Wye, Ashford, TN25 4ES (A28)
Rest Stops: No rest stops on this route, Suitable for Wheeled users only.
Are there stiles on route? No
This event is dog friendly, please keep on leads.
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