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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

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Meopham

This week we met up at the home of the youngest member of our little group for a "short walk" he was going to lead . The walk started off in the best possible manner in that I got a cuddle from his very young and lovely wife
He has promised to send me a description of where we went but being a typical youngster it has not arrived yet but I will enter it here once (if) it arrives
Just to say we left his abode , walked passed Meopham village green then no idea where . As I said he promised a short walk but ended up walking 7.3 miles with lots of very long and steep, very steep, hills
At the end of a long hard walk we ended up back at his house for a brilliant spread of home cooked cakes, pies etc , we now realise why he is a happy chappie

Description of walk by the youngster added later

After a prompt start the gang made its way from Whitehill Road to Meopham carefully avoiding the hill which we saved for the end of the walk. From Meopham Green we left the A227 to join Steels Lane which rejoins the A227. Crossing over to Ifield Road we eventually joined  New Street Road at the farm. Touching on the outskirts of Hodsoll Street we turned back towards the Wrotham Road. Returning via Culverstone we  headed towards Happy Valley past some interesting housing before the long haul along Happy Valley to Meopham Green. The group chose the shortest route to Whitehill Road which might not have been the wisest move. The ensuing hill all but finished off some members of the group who were only motivated by the prospect of cakes. At the top of the hill some respite was afforded by the  two fire appliances that had been called out for a loft fire. On reaching the end of the of the 7.3mile stroll the group enjoyed bowls of potato and leek soup, followed by copious cakes washed down with cups of tea.


Village Green at Meopham

One of many steep hills



GY insisted I took this still no idea why


Typical find in the Kent countryside





Logs anyone

Guess what another hill

Never ending hill

Brilliant spread


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hucking



Walk Hucking 30 Nov 2016
Exactly 5 miles and 5 walkers.
We arrived to a fine layer of frost everywhere.  It was cold but a cloudless
sky and very little breeze made it a delightful walk.  The hard frost
ensured no cleaning mud off boots would be required at the end of the trek.
We were accompanied by Zak the Dog who announced himself with a launch into
the Youngest Member's spectaculars causing a great cry of alarm.  This was,
of course, met with great sympathy in the form of loud guffaws and hoots of
laughter.  He (the dog) then snatched and ran off with your author's hat.
Thankfully, his owner, The Senior Member, demonstrated the calm canine
skills of the experienced dog trainer by galloping round the field after him
shouting "Come 'ere you little....!!".  Eventually, aided by copious bribes
with dog treats, the hat was recovered and replaced upon your author's head.
Such japes and merriment put us in good heart as we trooped off through the
Hucking Estate.  
We passed the impressive wood carving of the shepherd tending his sheep.
Later in the walk we able to admire similar delightful carvings of a family
of wild boar.  All the obvious puns relating to boars and bores on these
walks will be taken as read and left to the Reader's imagination.
There were several eye catching sights of hoar frost along the lower grounds
in places where the sun could not shine (NB that's not meant to be a double
entante).
The trip concluded with an enthusiastic anticipation of next week's walk
which will conclude at the Youngest Member's house where we are to be
tempted by the wonderful Ruth's baking.  It's nearly Christmas, aft