Paleolithic rock shelter.

Friday, March 31, 2006

30th March Reculver circular walk

A walk starting at the site of the twin towers of Reculver church,the weather mild and occasionally sunny,but windy.
As we walked along the sea wall to the Wantsum river we saw some interesting birds,and an airbus belonging to Virgin doing touch and goes from Manston airfield.As they stopped for lunch,so did we.The Sun Inn at St Nicks at Wade is welcoming and the food is top notch.After lunch we walked through the village and turned right onto the Wantsum Way,crossing open fields(strong winds)and having slight difficulty with mapreading owing to lack of landmarks and ambiguous instructions.Crossing the Chislet marshes we regained a road up to the Thanet way.At last we were somewhere above sea level.Dragging ourselves over the bridge,we passed under the rail line and headed back to the twin towers.It was a 10 mile walk and exhausted all of us,the last 100 metres being the worst bit.maybe a shorter walk next week.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006




8th and 15th march Trosley and Tenterden


8th MARCH ,the weather was not too good so we RV'd at Trosley country park for tea and bacon sandwices and then retired to Gravesned to "assist"David with his faulty PC.

17 MARCH ashort supplimentary walk for 2 of us to Leeds Castle on the footpath ,and a quick whizz around.WX was grey and chilly ,and we await the blooming of the spring flowers .

15 March TENTERDEN about 4 miles and 2 hours south of the town ,the weather was chilly with a hint of snow in the air and a little windy.A nice walk skirting a trout farm in a valley and some nice oast houses near Forstal farm.We retired to Tesco at Grove Green for egg and chips!
22 march Blue Bell Hill (part of Charles Dickens favourite walk)starting at the picnic site off the A229 and proceeding through the stables on common road and along to the radio masts at Cossington.From there into the woods and joining the North Downs Way national trail and down the face of the hill through an ancient Yew wood to the Whiote Horse stone aincient monument,where we chatted with a cyclist and had a quick coffee from our flasks.
As advised,the underpass by the lower bell garagewas flooded as usual so we diverted to warren road and passed the Lower Bell pub and into a field to join the path to Kits Coty ancient monument(2 in a day!)from there uphill to cross the busy and noisy A229 by the shrine to the ghost of Bluebell Hill and up into the woods and back by the riding stable to the picnic site.
Interestingly,at the joining point of the ND way were 3 large stones of the same type as those that were used in the construction of the Megalithic sites,I wonder if they are old monuments that have fallen apart.
Also of interest is the passing of the HST at 300Kmh into the Bluebell hill rail tunnel,we were not quick enough for a photo.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Tha stables from the crest of the North Downs

Where the fields end and the houses begin is the High speed rail link and the 6 lane M20 Motorway,but up here they have little or no effect.
This is the Ridgeway as well as the North Downs Way national trail.
A path that is thousands of years old, used by stone age man ,that was wooded as far as the eye could see. A major trade route with europe way beffore even the Romans came.

Saturday, March 04, 2006


The previous week we cancelled our walk owing to strong winds and sleet.We visited instead Maidstone Museum .On the 1st March we again had weather that was not ideal.The day started at -3.5 C with winds in excess of 20 knots.As we were walking on the ridge of the downs,we had to keep moving to stay warm.We RV'd at the Riding Stables and set off to Thurnham hill a very steep and exhausting climb.The route was varied,one minute on the crest and then in woodland,occasionally giving us shelter from the wind.Having gained Hollingbourne we started back at the lower level of the pilgrims way,which was less windy.We returned to the stable for hot bacon sandwiches and went home for a hot bath.(individually)

Click on the pic to enlarge and see the police officers searching the coutryside for £50 million which has gone missing.