We have been provided with the following information for any Magpies looking to make the journey south this weekend as we take on Hythe in the FA Trophy.
Hythe Town information
Address: Hythe Town Football Club, Reachfields Stadium, Fort Road, Hythe, Kent, CT21 6JS
Club Information Phone Line - 01303 238256
Clubhouse - 01303 264932
Club Secretary, Phil Gurr on 07840 827796
X (previously known as Twitter): @hythetownfc
Useful information from Hythe Town website
Tickets cost £10 for adults, £7 for concessions (including 60+) and £2 for U18s.
Cards are accepted for payment but cash is preferred.
Note: The suggested route involves the Dartford Crossing. You must pay the Dartford Crossing charge by midnight the day after you cross. You will get a fine if you’re late or do not pay. Details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/pay-dartford-crossing-charge
Firstly, note that it is Hythe in Kent that you are travelling to and not Hythe in Hampshire.
Hythe is a coastal town, so it is chance to enjoy a seaside break (or at least get a glimpse of the sea if you are just on a day trip).
The Sat Nav postcode for the Reachfields Stadium is CT21 6JS.
The most direct way from Chorley is via the M6, M6 Toll and M1. At junction 6A of the M1, use the left 3 lanes to take the M25 exit signposted M11 / M20 / Dartford. Follow the M25 to junction 3. You will go over the Dartford Crossing – as noted above, don’t forget to pay the charge by midnight the day after you cross. At junction 3, exit onto M20 towards Dover / Channel Tunnel / Maidstone.
The Hythe Town website states that the Reachfields Stadium is easily accessible from the M20 motorway. Their instructions are as follows:
“Leave the M20 at junction 11, then at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the B2068, signposted Hastings, Hythe. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Ashford Road / A20.
Continue forward onto Ashford Road, A20. Entering Newingreen, at the T-junction turn left onto Hythe Road / A261, signposted Hythe. Continue forward down London Road / A261. Entering Hythe, continue forward at the traffic lights onto Scanlons Bridge Road, A2008.
Turn right at the next set of lights onto Dymchurch Road / A259. Either take the 1st left down Fort Road and turn right at the end of Fort Road for the car-park, or after a few hundred yards turn left onto the Reachfields estate. Follow the road round and the stadium will be on your right.”
The journey time is at least five hours five minutes according to Google Maps. We generally recommend allowing at least an hour, and ideally 90 minutes, beyond the AA / Google / Sat Nav suggested journey time.
Google Maps suggests two other driving options, of around the same journey time. The first is via the M6, A14, M11 to the M25 and then as above. The second is via the M6, M6 Toll, M42, M40, M25 anti-clockwise to the M26, M20 and then as above from junction 11.
The nearest train station to the Reachfields Stadium is Sandling. Sandling to the stadium is approximately half an hour on foot. Note that this would include a steep climb on the return journey after the game. Hythe Town advise the use of a taxi and provide the following taxi details: Folkestone Taxi's 01303 252000.
Trains to Sandling run from London Charing Cross.
From Chorley to Sandling the journey time is around five hours 15 minutes. Trainline shows the route as Chorley to Preston, Preston to London Euston and London Charing Cross to Sandling. To get from London Euston to London Charing Cross take the Northern Line (Charing Cross branch). The first train indicated leaves Chorley at 07:19, which, with the route detailed, would get you to Sandling station at 12:30. The 08:26 from Chorley would get you to Sandling at 13:30.
Any Chorley fans based in London, may find it easier to join the train at London Waterloo East or London Bridge. Alternatively, it is possible to get a train from London St Pancras International and change at Ashford International for Sandling.
After the game there is a train from Sandling at 18:18 (there is an earlier train at 17:18, via London Bridge, but this will be difficult to get without leaving the game early). This train goes to Ashford International where you change for a train to London St Pancras International. From London St Pancras International go to London Euston (either walk or bus or the Circle Line or Metropolitan Line or Hammersmith & City Line to Euston Square which is a short walk to London Euston). From London Euston the 20:30, with a change at Preston, arrives in Chorley at 23:48.
There are a number of pubs and bars in Hythe town centre. Those closest to the ground (but still around a 10-minute walk) include the Three Mariners, 37 Windmill St, CT21 6BH (no under-16s), which has a choice of local real ales. Also the Hope Inn, 82 Stade Street, CY21 6DA, and the Red Lion, Red Lion Square, CT21 5AU. Surely worth a look too, albeit at the further end of the High St, is a micropub, the Potting Shed, 160A High St, CT 5JR.
It may well be that some fans choose to overnight a few miles away in Folkestone, where there is a wider choice of hotels, bars and nightlife. If you are in Folkestone, don’t miss micropubs such as the Home Taproom, 61 Tontine Street, CT20 1JR, and Kipps’ Alehouse, 11-15 Old High Street, CY20 1RL.