Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

RECULVER and Thereabouts

On this cloudy but dry and colder morning than of late, five of the intrepid
Happy Wanderers gathered at Reculver car park to set about a walk, part of
which had not been walked by this group before.  Before the adventure could
begin there were three dramas to divert us.  Firstly the astonishing news
(to anyone who has been on the Moon for the last 9 months) that Theresa May
has posted the letter to Mr Tusk invoking Article 50 of whatever Treaty will
get us out of Europe and so complete this Nation's shooting of itself in the
foot.  Secondly was the car park ticket machine not functioning and, when we
phoned the advertised number to make the payment, the automatic voice
response said it didn't recognise the number of the ticket machine.  There
was much wailing and gnashing of teeth before we decided to give up and not
pay.  The third drama was when Mr P lost his rucksack; after accusing
everybody and anybody of moving it or hiding it, John advised him that he
already had it on his back.
Having settled all that, off we went on a circular walk following Wantsum
back through Hillborough, and Bishopstone passing various apple and pear
orchards on the way.  About 5 minutes after a brief drink stop, Mr P
discovered he had left his walking stick somewhere "back there".  A chorus
of "Come back Barry, all is forgiven erupted".  From Bishopstone we passed
some rather idiosyncratic properties that combined elegant new builds and
elaborate extensions and ornate gardens with Steptoe's Yard and the Council
Tip.  A pleasant lunch was enjoyed and then completed by Mr P enacting a
further "Barryism" in packing away not only his own flask but that of
another innocent, unsuspecting walker.  We do worry about him.  It was
agreed that as the the Youngest Member is temporarily unemployed because of
the Eldest Member's absence,  he should be redeployed as Carer for Mr P.
Agreement was unanimous.  We finally set off through Reculver Country Park,
passed a film crew and completed the 6.9 miles by 12.45.  An enjoyable and
incident packed walk.

Made out of brick the predominant feature of the 'Old' St John's Church were the two towers inspired by a similar set on St Mary's ChurchReculver, in Kent.[6] The story behind these somewhat unusual features states that they were made at the request of Elizabeth Macquarie, as St Mary's was the last church she saw as she left England. Governor Macquarie asked his aide-de-camp, Lieutenant John Cliffe Watts of the 46th Regiment, to come up with designs. Frank Walker in his article in the Parramatta Historical Society Journal refers to a drawing folder by Watts in the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, which includes drawings of the church spires; one of which bears the watermark of 1813 and has Macquarie's initials and approved written on it. Also in the portfolio is an excellent water-colour of St Mary's Church by Watts.[7]

The knapsack that disappeared 

See top sepia pic of Paramatta Australia of looky likey church based on Reculver towers.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hampton to Whitstable

I would like to mention to friends and relatives living in Australia and New Zealand that today the sun was out and a lovely 15C so much so that it was coats off from the start . Just 5 of us met at the car park by Hampton Pier , Herne Bay then took a slow stroll along the sea front to Whitstable , past the harbour to a sea front tea stop . Here we all enjoyed a well earned drink and doughnut . Then simply retraced our steps and back to the cars where before leaving we all enjoyed a very large piece of jam sponge made by the lovely wife of one of the walkers Sorry if photos are grainy but had the ISO turned up a bit too high and these are put here at low resolution
8 miles
Hampton Pier at start of walk

can you guess what these are

Whitstable Harbour

He was using a lovely plate camera

Tea and doughnut

Wednesday, March 08, 2017


The forecast was rain,whichever way you looked at it.Heavy-Medium and relentless.It turned out to be inaccurate as we only had light rain and were prepared with waterproofs.We went east from Charing along roads,stopped for a break at Westwell by the Wheel Pub then climbed up to the North Downs Way
and turned back west.A little muddy ,but not as bad as the low level walk we had planned to make.
We popped in to the warm Rose Tea Room for a pot of tea and a discussion about something or other.
We did in excess of 6 miles which wasn't too tiring.

This cat was turned to stone by a witch

Which New Year and which calendar are they advertising?

Looking towards Hothfield

I remember this seat being placed as a memorial in 1997 but today there was a sharp CRACK!and a pillow of the community was unceremoniously dumped on his derriere.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017


This week with two of our members missing due to injury six of met up at Chilham car park on a rather cloudy but warm winters day . Spring being round the corner the Daffs were poking their heads out through the ground . From the outset it was obvious that the going to be very muddy going and so it proved and that plus lots of hills It proved to be a really good walk thanks mainly to great trail blazing by our leader and loads of BS by one of the founder members . The following is a description of our route as written by our leader
Park in car park at bottom of Taylor's Hill and then go up through Chilham village,turn left down Church Hill to A252, turn left for about 50yds cross road and follow track through fruit plantations until you reach Stone Stile Farm. Cross road and go up steps on left hand corner of junction, go diagonally across field through two gates into another plantation and follow track to a road, turn left and follow road to Perry Wood. Turn left up track opposite Perry Wood car park and climb a steep hill to a view point called "The Mount" then follow path down into fruit plantation and carry on until you reach gap in hedge. Go through gap onto a road turn right into Shottenden,turn right at road junction and then first left into Manor Lane and take second signed  bridle way on your left, pass Chequers Farm and keep on bridle way until you reach A252 road. Cross road,turn left and follow path back to car park at Chilham.

Chilham Village Square

Way out of village

Winters still here

Coffee Break

Another hill but down for a change

Typical very muddy path

Just one of the many hills going up

Young lady showing six old men how to remove a rope

View over Shottenden

Shottenden Village

Just one of many muddy paths

View over Shottenden