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Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

IGHTHAM MOTE FEB 15TH


A sunny day,following heavy overnight rain.Parking at the National Trust car park and setting off around the footpath onto the road and then turning onto the path into Broadhoath Wood where there was extensive felling,and a heavily churned-up path.Uphill all the way to Stone Street and then through some charming orchards to Styants Wood and Oldbury.Very muddy underfoot,we climbed up to the top of the hillfort (100BC) and took the main path to the east.
Our mission was to locate the pre historic cave dwellings that date back from between 60 and 300 millenia. We found aforesaid after a struggle downhill,they were heavily overgrown and difficult to identify.Few locals know the location of these ,which keeps them relatively free from interference.
The photgraphs are taken close-up so do not show them in their best light.Hand-axes and tools have been found heareabouts and we plan another trip in the summer when the conditions will be more favourable to clambering about on hillsides. about 6 miles and 3.5 hours and exhaustion as usual.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

CRUNDALE, A HIDDEN VALLEY






















SOME MORE PICTURES FROM THE WYE CRUNDALE WALK.
SHOWING CRUNDALE DOWN
CRUNDALE CHURCH(13TH CENTURY)

Thursday, February 09, 2006

THE STOUR VALLEY LOOKING TOWARDS EASTWELL


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WYE AND CRUNDALE DOWNS 8 FEB 2006

A lovely day with bright sunshine and fresh winds from the north.A little slippery underfoot.Some hilly walking on this route, which took us to Crundale Church all alone on the hillside,possibly isolated because of the Black Death.We took a break on a bench,one of several donated by relatives ,the seats face the downs. As there were no Pubs enroute we took a pack up with hot drinks.Through the woods and several prosperous looking farms and then back to the Downs near Wye where there were some spectacular views.
I went slightly wrong with the map reading near the end,(as usual)but this resulted in a short cut,which relieved our aching legs.
8 miles and 4.5 hours a quite strenuous walk.there is a proposed £1 Billion development by Imperial college,I wonder if this will change things?

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Harty Isle of Sheppy


8 Mile walk Feb 1st From Muswell Manor,the site of the first powered flight by a Briton in Britain (Brabazon)on a Wright Flyer.Across a flat terrain in a temperature of 0 degrees celcuis with only light winds blowing.Visibility was poor(about 2KM)across the fields to Brewers Hill farm and on to harty ferry road to The Harty Inn (about 4 miles in 1 hour quite good going)
HARTY INN>Excellent hospitality,a blazing log fire and excellent reasonably priced food an interesting Inn with several unusual artefacts.We took an hour for lunch,and reluctantly set out back to the cars via the Nature Reserve along the sea wall,which is littered with rabbit holes and a good lookout has to be kept on where you are walking.Back past the Nudist beach and to the cars .About 1 hour 20 mins back and then over the old dual purpose rail bridge soon to be replaced by a modern bridge which appears to be well on schedule.Next week Dover Ferry crossing (weather permitting)