Walk or cy­cle to pic­nic party in mem­ory of Catha

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

Peo­ple are in­vited to take part in the fourth an­nual Catha’s Seat Pic­nic on Satur­day, April 29.

It in­volves a walk, run or cy­cle through Stour Val­ley be­fore gath­er­ing at a peace­ful spot over­look­ing Chil­ham Cas­tle.

It is in mem­ory of Cather­ine ‘Catha’ Kee­gan, a keen cy­clist who was com­mis­sioned by char­ity Sus­trans to sur­vey the sec­tion of Na­tional Cy­cle Route 18 be­tween Ash­ford and Can­ter­bury to make it a safer path.

Catha died in 1998 and in 2013 a resur­faced sec­tion of the route be­tween God­mer­sham and Chil­ham opened, where the seat in her mem­ory is lo­cated.

There will be live mu­sic from Ar­let and Ash­ford Folk and sand­wiches with pro­duce from Rip­ple Farm, the Wooden Spoon and Wye Butch­ers and Del­i­catessen.

This year, the spon­sored event has more start­ing points than ever, in Ash­ford, Wye, Chil­ham, Can­ter­bury and Faver­sham.

Groups al­ready tak­ing part in­clude bike shop Bike­tart, the UK’s first cycling pub the Free­wheel, Wye Foot­paths Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety, cy­cle train­ing group Cy­cle Cir­cle and Wye Breeze, a women’s cycling ini­tia­tive.

To find out more about Catha’s Seat, con­tact Nick Kee­gan at cathas­seat@gmail.com, on 07708 523994 or visit www.cathas-seat. org

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