Walks : Kent in WWI 100 Miles for 100 Years

HERNE BAY GUIDED WALKS on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February 2018

Saturday 24th February 12 noon from Heritage Centre, 81 Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 7HE
Sunday 25th February 12 noon from Herne Bay Railway Station, CT6 8PJ

What is the project? - The Kent in WWI 100 Miles for 100 Years is an HLF funded project. Over the last 18 months they have been developing; with the assistance of local communities; 30 self-guided, First World War themed walking trails for Kent.

What are the trails? – The stops on the trails locate men and women from the First World War at their homes, schools or places of work, making it easy to imagine them walking out of a certain house; bringing the people from the past to life and making them more relevant today. They also feature local places where events happened, such as air raids, or that were used for specific purposes, such as hospitals, and information about the Home Front with insights into topics such as the role of the Post Office, rationing and schemes like the National Egg Scheme. The trails vary in length, with the longest just over three miles.

Where can they be accessed? – All the trails are available as a downloadable pdf leaflet or can be followed directly on a phone from the Kent WWI website under the 100 miles tab, there is also an app. For more detailed information there is also a booklet covering each trail, again available on the website.

Where are the trails? - The locations are; Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Isle of Sheppey, Lydd, Maidstone, Margate, Ramsgate, Sevenoaks, Southborough and High Brooms, Tenterden and Tonbridge

The final event for the whole of Kent – This will be held over the last weekend of February, i.e. Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February 2018. Each community can choose whether their event is held on the Saturday or the Sunday. We want to bring all of the communities in Kent together to enable people to participate in a county-wide First World War commemoration.

What is going to happen?
  • The aim is for 100 local people to walk their community’s trail, making 3,000 people in total. Each trail will be guided once, for 15 participants. Otherwise the trails are self-guided.
  • For Herne Bay trails each individual participant will need to register to take part in the event by email via this link heading up their email with the location where they wish to walk or visit The Heritage Centre, 81 Central Parade, Herne Bay Wednesday 21st February to sign up.
  • Along each trail there will be 3 poppies placed at random locations.
  • Upon evidence of having walked the trail by showing photos of themselves with the poppies, each participant will receive a special edition pin badge.

For more information about this project, visit the Kent WWI website.