Catha’s Seat is a remote, quiet place on National Cycle Network Route 18 and the Stour Valley Walk that looks out over the fields to Chilham Castle. Featuring two sculptural solid oak benches with in-built cycle parking, it’s a perfect rest stop for tired legs or a destination for a day out.
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 our annual picnic provide opportunities for people to discover this route as well as the joys of cycling and walking in the glorious Kentish countryside.
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The opening of Catha’s Seat
Catha’s Seat was developed by her son Nick and husband Patrick, and 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.