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Catha's Seat Picnic 2017

29 Apr 2017

Now in it's fourth year the Catha's Seat Picnic is a great opportunity to shake off winter with a walk, run or cycle ride in the glorious Stour Valley, gathering at a peaceful rural spot overlooking Chilham Castle.  If you make the trip you will be rewarded with some light live music from Arlet and Ashford Folk, whilst enjoying sandwiches filled with locally sourced produce from Ripple Farm, the Wooden Spoon and Wye Butchers & Delicatessen.

This year you can join an organised ride, walk or run to the picnic from more starting points than ever - Ashford, Wye, Chilham, Canterbury and Faversham.  Trip leaders include local bike shop and online retailer Biketart, the UK's first cycling pub The Freewheel, walking group Wye Footpaths Preservation Society, cycle training organisation Cycle Circle and Wye Breeze, a women's cycling initiative from British Cycling.

At the picnic there will be a chance to find out about what last year's Catha's Seat Awards winners - Wheel Potential and Wye Scouts - have been doing to promote cycling in the area.  This years awards will be open for expressions of interest between 5th April and 15th May; a total fund of £1,000 is available to applications from local groups, schools and individulas for equipment and expenses as part of projects to encourage safety and increased use of National Cycle Route 18 between Ashford and Canterbury.  

Catha's Seat is a remote, quiet place on National Cycle Route 8 and the Stour Valley Walk, and features two handcrafted solid oak benches with built in cycle parking.  The place is named after Catherine "Catha" Keegan, a dedicated cycling campaigner who lived in Wye and who was involved in planning the Ashford to Canterbury section of National Cycle Route 18.  Her mission was to create safer cycling routes and encourage their use, so Catha's Seat and the annual picnic provide opportunities for people to discover or re discover this route as well as the joys of cycling and walking in the glorious Kent countryside.

The Catha's Seat picnic is open to all.  make your own way there or join an organised walk, cycle ride or run.  More details at http://cathas-seat.org/picnic/ (Please note all walks, runs and cycle rides are at your own risk).