New albums added to our Flickr photo site:
Thames Path North Bank – Hammersmith to Vauxhall
Thames Path North Bank – Vauxhall to Island Gardens
Walks July to October 2017
Walks November 2017 to February 2018

Old Chalk New Downs Project
In July 2017, this Kent County Council project to improve, restore and reconnect threatened chalk grassland habitats in and around the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding National Beauty was given permission to begin by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For full details of this project please see the Heritage Lottery Fund press release at

Plantlife will be leading a 3½ mile walk on Sunday 22 July to find and identify butterflies of Ranscombe’s downland meadows and woodlands.  For more details please visit

A range of workshops teaching practical skills, species identification and survey techniques is being offered. These will include an annual workshop for owners and managers of land within the project area on how to manage their land for the benefit of bees and other pollinators. There will also be a variety of free training sessions for anyone interested in helping care for our precious chalk downland – with subjects such as pollinator survey techniques, invertebrate and wildflower study and more practical topics such as brushcutter training.

Details of the available courses can be obtained from the Project Outreach Officer on 03000 419486. You can also sign up to the Explore Kent newsletter – if you tick your interest in Old Chalk New Downs you will be sent monthly inspirational ideas, priority events and details of the free workshops.

Subs for 2017/18 were due on 1 September 2017
If not already paid, we’d be grateful if you could send a cheque (£5 per person) to: Glen Sharman, Bushfield, New Barn Road, Longfield, DA3 7LT.
Cheques should be made payable to Meopham and District Footpaths Group and clearly endorsed on the back with your name and address. Or pay by bank transfer quoting the reference SUBS.

Strawberry Fayre
This year we will again be holding our annual Strawberry Fayre, walk and games afternoon for members and their guests on Saturday 23 June. Please see the Spring 2018 Newsletter for details.

We will be having an awayday to Hastings on Sunday 8 July. Full details are in the Summer 2018 Newsletter.

2018 AGM
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 12 October at 7.30pm at Meopham Village Hall, when our speaker will be Kev Reynolds, who lectures and writes about some of the most scenically spectacular places on earth. He has produced more than two dozen guide books for walkers and trekkers. His talk A Walk in the Clouds is based not only on the delights of mountain scenery but also on the variety of flowers, animals and people found there.