Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Knole Park Sevenoaks


The long and winding road through Knole Park sevenoaks.
We parked in the centre of Sevenoaks on market day and it was quite entertaining.
Using the Pathfinder guide we intercepted the published walk about half the way round.
After a mistake mapreading,we found the lovely Chestnut Walk so used this instead.
This was joined by another long avenue,so in for a pennie......
There were many deer in the park,who seemed not to be bothered by us too much.
We stopped by a fallen tree for our coffee and sandwiches and agreed that this was serendipity
and the walk was one of our most enjoyable so far.
The sky was clear and blue,the leaves thick underfoot,and there was no wind,it was about 8 degrees C.We did about 4 to 5 miles and then had alook around the market and stopped for a coffee in the town.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Farthing common Tolsford and Postling

Folkestone with France in distance
notice the ships keeping to the right
hi res pic

A non-muddy footpath

Straggler and gate guardian

Tolsford micro tower

A lovely crisp breezy day ,with the sun providing occasional and welcome warmth
We left the car at Farthing common and set off down the North Downs way loop.
Reaching the top of the coombe after a steep climb,we had an excellent view of Postling village
450 feet below.We carried on to Tolsford hill and the microwave tower,where we paused for a cup of coffee from our flasks.Descending the hill ,the track was very muddy owing to 4 x 4 use ,
but we soon turned back towards Postling and on a good firm path.Through the village and back to the North Downs way a bit of a climb and then back over our previous tracks.
About 6 miles sunny with blue skies and a cold wind.back to Grove Green for lunch.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


The rain and fog begin to roll in off the sea
We can use this agianst him at alater date

Well,-it started off mild and dry with a light wind.We set off up to the cliff top by the Martello tower and it was a long hard slog.However,we made the top OK and stopped off at the Battle of Britain memorial site and after a good look around we set off agin towards the east.Visibility was reducing out to sea,and a slight drizzle started.
After a while the waterproofs were donned,and the rain began in ernest. Another steep down and up and then along the cliff edge path,unble to see the waves but hear them hundreds of feet below.
A welcome surprise was the Clifftop Cafe which has reopened after cliff edge erosion.A very welcome mug of tea a rest and then off towards Dover.
After a while one of our party with more sense that the rest suggested that it was silly to continue visibility was only 20 feet.
So we turned around and went back.
The usual suspects fell over ,as it was now muddy and very slippery.
We changed into dry clothes (those equipped)and drove back to Maidstone where we had Fish and Chips in the warm.
Lots of laundry and drying-out tonight,but an interesting walk which we will re-do in the summer.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ightham Mote and Oldbury Hillfort

A bit of a grey, damp, chilly day, in marked contrast to the brilliant sunshine of last week.
Lots of trees are being felled and logged,and as you can see by the group clustered around the map,things were not as remembered .Subsequently we(I) got a little lost at times .
Lots of hilly bits and even a couple of chaps on mountain bikes cycling uphill.
We parked at Ightham Mote, a 12th century half timbered building,and made our way to Olbury Hill Fort,a stone age outpost ,in use until the Romans took over .
A good defensive position,as we found,climbing up the slopes.
back to Ightham Mote and then to the Jungle cafe for a late lunch which was excellent.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Westerham and Chartwell a walk in the woods

This ,as you can see is a very steep footpath

An excellent sunny cold day ,a drive of about an hour to Westerham,to park in the village.
Past Winston Churchill's statue and across the beginnings of the River Darent to the top of the hill.
Looking back we could see the other side of the valley facing us,and the cold wind was clearing the air making for excellent visibility .Through the beech woods and past pretty little houses nestling in the trees. The hills were steep and demanding and the exercise kept us very warm.It is autumn and the forest floor was carpeted with leaves and the occasional fungi.We found a set of garden furniture in the woods placed especially for hikers,so we sat a while .
More steep ups and downs and then into Horsey Woods the sun shining through the branches .One last steep climb and then back down to Westerham.In the car park we again encountered two lady hikers ,we mentioned that we were going to lunch at the White Hart Brasted,and hoped to see some mention of the Battle of Britain pilots that used it as their watering hole in 1940.It turned out that one of the ladies was the daughter of the wartime publican at the White Hart and was au fait with all the history.What a coincidence.
The White Hart had been recconoitered recently and was well up to expectations.
The food was superb,and not expensive,the pub was very busy ,but coped well.
An excellent day out (as usual)