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3,000 miles so far out of 4,000 in 9.5 years.Where's Ray? We are posing in the Paleolithic rock shelter in Kent.50,000 years old

Friday, September 09, 2016

ROCHESTER RIVERSIDE

By Bike.Train Snod-Strood the over the tri-bridge and on to the riverside walk from Gasworks lane,(new)and unfinished.
Lots of money been thrown at this,and although I have worked on the river from time to time,some of the views were completely new to me.It was a little rainy and overcast,but that just added to the
picturesque nature of the views.We went as far as the COMMAND HOUSE then turned round. Serendipitously,we found a new cafe/restaurant which was excellent,the girl was addressed in POLISH  but was GERMAN ,and just thought it was funny,Excellent Coffee and Bacon Bap sitting outside.Met some very interesting people and this is a ride we will do again ,even in winter.
Some photos below

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The Russian Sub lurking
The Cafe/Restaurant,warm welcome,good coffee,good food,good laugh,good company and a good location next to the Riverside Path at the western  end.
It looks like he's shooting up?
This stretch of river can be bitingly cold in winter
Thats the sun over there at Upnor castle
Rochester Cathedral in the distance

A cluster of barges and a tug

Looking across to the timber importer

This crane is on 30' of rail line and has been left in situ,although,at night who know what it gets up to?

A Pirate ship flying the requisite flag
I shouted AVAST BEHIND! at it but only got loud muttering in reply

Its down BATH HARD LANE/ DOUST LANE (the Cafe ) and is under new ownership.
You could drive down there if you are lazy

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Selling

this is one of our fall back walks that we have done many times . Only 6 miles but enjoyable so on a very hot day 5 of us met at the Selling railway station , then crossed the bridge and followed the footpath across the field to enter the wood opposite and joined one of the many hills on  this walk There is not a lot I can report in the way of locations but we basically wandered the footpaths Those through the wood were very enjoyable as the trees gave us a welcome break from the sun . This was a circular walk so ended up back at the station
Trying to capture the rainbow effect


Pears not ready yet









Tea stop

Pumpkins in the distance


Just one more steep hill



Apple orchard but not ready yet






Typical Kent Scene

New houses next to Selling station

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hoath

On a really hot day six of us met up at Hoath to try a walk none of us had tried before so it was left to our leader to map read . Setting off from the church at Hoath we set of to Chislet where we spent a bit of time looking round the local church . From here we set off across the fields to Nethgong Penn . By now the sun was really making us all rather too warm so when we got to Grove Ferry we stopped by the side of the River Stour for a much needed rest and snack . Onwards to Upstreet , back by circular route back to Nethgong Penn , Chislet, and back to Hoath . Although only 8 miles the hot weather made to seem a lot more











Nethgong Penn






Grove Ferry, River Stour