Fairbourne Mill Harrietsham a chocolate box picture
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We started a mile from the Railway station and after a 20 minute brisk walk arrived with 15 minutes to spare.
The ticket clerk gave us a group ticket for £1.90 each to Lenham
It was a lovely sunny day a bit chilly to start with no wind at all.The train was nice and warm,which didn't help us acclimatise!
From Lenham station(10 minutes ride)we set off on the Len Valley Walk and after a short stretch on a busy road we turned onto the path proper.A nice "Beware of the Bull"faced us but we are all used to Bull having been in the Civil Service.
The sun stayed low in the sky and we warmed up as we walked across the frosty fields.
Crossing the M20 motorway and the CTRL high speed rail link,we left the noise behind.
We saw a rabbit with mixamatosis that stayed still instead of running away from us.
Next we came to Fairbourne mill and took some chocolate box type pictures.
After a little amnesia re the route we stopped at Broomfield Church for our packed lunch,and then carried on into the environs of Leeds castle.Through Leeds village we encountered some ambiguity regarding the route and the footpath signs.We found a way through and then crossed down into Caring and then following the various rivulets back to Bearsted.
We did 11 miles and took 4.5 hours and were a little tired at the finish.
A memorable walk-perfect walking weather .