Welcome to the world of Bus Walks. If you are unfamiliar with the concept it is simply taking a bus to a public footpath, walking along the footpath for anything between 5 and 15 miles then taking a bus back home.
The equipment you require is an fairly simple: an ordnance survey explorer map, a camera, a backpack with a packed lunch, suitable clothing according to the weather / season and I always carry an umbrella. As well as this you will need to buy an explorer/ rover ticket to cover your out and return journeys or a senior citizens bus pass.You will also need the local bus timetables. If your mobile phone has a internet connection you can look up bus times at nextbuses
Before setting off in the morning I check both journeys on traveline where you can also download bus timetables. If the buses are more frequent on one route than the other I usually start on the bus with an infrequent service so there will be less chance of a long wait at the destination. This means that when I walk parts of a long distance path each day may be a different direction.
I take sandwiches, fruit and coffee with me for lunch, I’m sure that you could vary the routes slightly if you wanted a stopover at a pub or restaurant.
There are occasions when the bus journey is too long and there is not much time for a long walk also there are occasions when the walk starts and/or finishes at my home and therefore the is no bus journey involved.
The majority of the journeys start and finish in Medway and Maidstone, Kent.