Catha’s Seat

28th April 2015

This Saturday 2nd May welcomes the second annual Catha’s Seat Picnic when those on foot and bicycle will travel from the surrounding villages, towns, and further afield to congregate on a stunning destination overlooking the Stour Valley and Chilham Castle. This remote, quiet place adjacent National Cycle Route 18 and the Stour Valley Walk is known as Catha’s Seat, and features two hand crafted solid oak benches with in-built cycle parking. Between 1 and 3pm the gathered will enjoy their picnics and some light live music.

This place is named after Catharine ‘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 Kentish countryside.

If you would like to get involved with the picnic, as well as the organised walks or cycle rides please see (Please note all walks and cycle rides are at your own risk).

Catha’s Seat has been supported by Kent County Council, Ashford Borough Council, Godmersham Parish Council, Chilham Parish Council, Councillor Andrew Wickham and over 70 private donors. Catha’s Seat was built by ARC Creative Design.

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