http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015mqp2

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015mqp2
Paleolithic rock shelter.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Mereworth Woods and COLDRUM STONES walks

AT THE COLDRUM STONES, MIDWINTER, VERY MYSTICAL, OUR SECOND WALK.


Following our 7 mile walk through Mereworth woods,we retired to the JUNGLE transport cafe at Addington.The service was very courteous and the food was good,although smoking is allowed.
We had only 3 on this walk which was mainly through the woods and later along the WEALD WAY.
We saw father christmas emerge from a car and enter a pub.The route back was a bit dodgy,as some of the motorists we encountered down a country lane had not allowed for pedestrians being on the road.

Our walk of 21st DECEMBER was through TROSLEY country park and we had 7 walkers.
We visited the COLDRUM STONES ancient Megalithic tomb (4-5,000 years old)and it was signifigant that it was the longest day,which would have been celebrated by the pagans as the turning point towards spring and summer.There were many tokens tied to the trees on the site ,I wonder who put them there?
We went back via a muddy footpath toTrosley court and up a very steep hill to the parking place.We went into the log cabin,where a wood burning stove was pumping out heat.
We had tea and bacon/sausage/egg sandwiches ,which were excellent
We are going to walk again soon maybe at Shipbourne (pronounced Shibbun)again,through a wood.I will let you know how we get on.Maybe some pictures next time.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

STORMY WEATHER AHEAD

LANGDON BAY LOOKING TOWARDS DOVER DOCKS
As we came through the brush and gorse,we could see the South Foreland Lighthouse in the distance.Unfortunately it is closed more than open in the winter months.We walked up the path alongside it,only to be met with a gale of about50m.p.h.(85kph)ripping over the cliff edge we were in exposed territory now!We could easily see the big ferries entering and leaving Dover Harbour and as you can see there is a Norfolk Line ship in the forground on its way to Dunquerque and in the backgraound a ferry from Sea France on the Calais run..
We walked back along the cliff top ,where there are notices saying "Stay 15 Metres from the cliff edge"It was a little dull now with a heavy sky,with rain threatening.
A highlight was a Kestrel,at times completely motionless in the hover,and unusually we could look down upon it to see the reddish-brown colouring.
We returned to the cafeteria via a goat track up the side of the cliff over the harbour,just as a shower of rain came over.The cafeteria was warm and welcoming and the tomato and onion soup was excellent.
A 7 mile (12km)walk,stiff limbs good comapnionship,and an inexpensive day out.Next time we will explore Langdon Hole where the cliff path descends via a vertical ladder to the beach!.
(It was to be 8 months later!)

Dover Ramble

We started out from the RVP at the cafeteria below the Coastguard station.It was a sunny but cold day with little or no wind,perfect for walking.A twin engine light aircraft buzzed the Coastguard station ,then flew out to mid-channel ,then returned. It was an oil pollution control aircraft
We started our walk along the road to the broadlees farm footpath,stopping ony to inspect traffic master sensors on the overbridge on the A2 Rheims way.The Farm had Christmas trees for sale but there was no one around.
Walking up the hill near where Bleriot landed ,we passed the Duke of York's Military barracks and crossed back over the A2 at the Guston roundabout.
After a short walk along the A258 we turned right ,and climbed over a stile into a field.This is the point where,during WW2,a rail spur was laid to serve the cross-channel very heavy gun battery.We soon turned left and walked towards Bere farm,which was noted for its slurry-filled track which we had to negotiate! Passing alongside Bere wood ,we clambered over an electric fence and headed for the next waypoint in the distance ,across a large field (that was a bit muddy)
We soon had St Margarets at Cliffe village in site and passed by some old ammunition stores and an abandoned railway platform.At the road,we turned right into the village and left a trail of muddy footprints on the pavement.About 700 metres later we turned right to follow a brown signpost and passed through a housing estate and came out towards the South Foreland.