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Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

East Malling to West Malling via Barming etc.









An unusually perfect day in January with bright sunshine and a frosty start warming up as we went along.
FromEast Malling Research,we went to Barming water tower and then into Barming woods,where coppicing was in progress and the tracks were very muddy .After some map reading difficulties,we headed off west instead of north ,but it all turned out OK in the end.We stopped for coffee at the North Pole (a wierd place name in Kent)and then on through Red Hill farm where we heard a Merlin engine approaching,and a Spitfire flew past at 500' returning 10 minutes later--what a sight!.From there to West Malling aerodrome and into Pikey lane and over the new bypass into West Malling where we stopped at the Five Pointed Star for lunch,which was excellent,although one meal would do for two people.It was reasonably priced and the service cheerful and efficient,and I banged my head on the beams just twice.Returning,we went via Lavender lane and across the fields and up the footpaths to east Malling village and back home.I think it was about 8 miles ,a very good day out

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