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Fifth Annual Catha’s Seat Picnic Saturday 5th May Supported by Local Businesses

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Catha's Seat

Celebrate cycling, walking and local food at the Catha’s Seat Picnic

Cyclists, walkers and runners from all over Kent are getting ready for the fifth annual Catha’s Seat Picnic (Saturday 5th May 1-3pm). Gathering at a peaceful rural spot in the Stour Valley overlooking Chilham Castle, all are welcome to join and enjoy live music from Ashford Folk, original poetry from Robert Graham and a locally sourced picnic donated by Wye Bakery, Wye Butchers, The King’s Head, Ripple Farm, Perry Court Farm, The Wooden Spoon, Wye Co-op and the Cheesemakers of Canterbury.

Local cycling and walking organisations – Spokes East Kent Cycle Campaign, Cycle Circle and the Wye Footpaths Preservation Society – have got together with Catha’s Seat to guide you to the picnic. The nearest train station is Chilham, from where you can walk just 1 mile to Catha’s Seat with a friendly local guide. For a longer walk (6 miles) meet at Wye Farmers Market. Cycle rides start from Wye (5 miles), Canterbury (7 miles) and Ashford (11 miles). If you feel like running, join us at Wye (5 miles). The walks, rides and run are at participants’ own risk. All details and start times at http://cathas-seat.org/picnic/

For the picnic food and drink, small donations will be invited, and proceeds will go to the Catha’s Seat Awards. The awards provide a total fund of £1,000 annually to encourage safety and increased use of National Cycle Route 18 between Ashford and Canterbury. Local groups, schools and individuals can apply for funding for equipment and expenses. For this year’s awards expressions of interest are open until 14th May. Find out more at http://cathas-seat.org/awards/

At the picnic there will be an opportunity to get inspired and discover what last year’s Catha’s Seat Awards winners have been doing to promote cycling in the area:

Wheel Potential CIC put their award towards vital spare parts to support them to provide bespoke bicycles and open-air cycling experiences for less able adults in the Canterbury district.

2nd Wye Scouts ran their second cycling treasure hunt on National Cycle Route 18 with funds supporting cycling themed prizes, refreshments and hi-viz vests.

Cycle Community CIC’s ReCycle project at Goldwyn School gets students involved in refurbishing bicycles that are then offered for sale at affordable prices and used by the School. Their award funded a pressure washer to help them establish a wash station, which saves time when recycling donated bikes and maintaining their fleet.

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