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Beating the Bounds 9th October

Join in a tradition that has been kept alive in Ash every five years by the parish council.  ‘Beating the Bounds; will take place on Saturday 9th October 2021 and is a walk around the boundary of the parish.  In the past this was done by ecclesiastical parishes to check the boundaries had not been moved. Although modern surveying techniques have made the traditional purpose obsolete, Beating the Bounds is continued as a way of giving the community a sense of place.   In Ash, part of the tradition is to ‘bump’ the youngest participants on the boundary stone at Pluck’s Gutter.

The boundary of Ash is about 19 miles long and several miles are formed by the River Stour. The complete walk takes about 10 hours.

The walk will start at 7am from the centre of the village and usually finishes by 5pm.  If you would like to join, you must register with the Clerk before the start of the walk.  It is possible to travel the stretch from Pluck’s Gutter to Richborough Roman Fort by river boat and places are reserved on a first come basis.  If needed, a mini-bus also will be available.  From Richborough Roman Fort  all participants complete the walk back to the village.  The walk is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.

To book or if you have any questions, please ring the Clerk on 01304 832 909 or email on clerk@ashparishcouncil.gov.uk