Red Lion rambling route in Chelwood Gate wins Shepherd Neame contest

A walking route, which starts and ends at The Red Lion in Chelwood Gate, has been immortalised in Shepherd Neame’s Pub Walks series.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 6:18 pm

Thomas Parkhouse, 26, who used to work at the pub in 2013, had his route chosen from more than 50 entries in the competition.

“I love walking,” said Thomas, who now lives in London and works for drinks company Teapigs.

“I’ve done a lot with my family over the years and they often involve pub visits,” he added.

Thomas Parkhouse with Red Lion licensee Angelena Churcher. Picture: Frankie Julian

Thomas said he walked the Pilgrims Way with his housemates last year and plans to walk across Sussex, following the footsteps of Hilaire Belloc and singer Bob Copper, this July.

“When I saw the competition online I decided to enter with the Red Lion walk as I know the pub well and the countryside around there is lovely,” said Thomas.

“I’m really pleased to have won the competition, it’s great to know that other people will be introduced to this area,” he added.

Faversham-based brewer and pub operator Shepherd Neame launched its Pub Walks series in February 2020, teaming up with Lisa Filmer, founder of Coast and Country Rambles, to create five guides that start and finish at a Shepherd Neame pub.