Paleolithic rock shelter.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bridge Bekesbourne Pett bottom(!)

A circular walk of 10 miles taking about 5 hours with stops.The weather started grey,and cold,but the sun burst through and the temperature went up to about 17 C.
We started at Bridge on the old Roman road Watling street ,which has been the main artery into Britain for 2000 years.It has now been bypassed and is quiet and sleepy.
The walk stated in parkland and then after passing the local cricket ground,followed the path of the abandoned railway line that linked Canterbury to Folkestone.We climbed the hill to the ridge and took to the woods (after some navigational difficulties)the paths were well-worn and the views were good.Lots of sheep bleating at our invasion as we passed prosperous looking farms.
More uphill(more complaining)but the weather meant that all the kit we were waering had to be taken off and stowed in our daysacks.No mud for once,and lots of nature study stuff to look at.
After about 4 hours the sun went in and the sky resumed a grey colour.We were a bit tired at this point,and could see our goal in the distance.On arrival at Bridge we called into a small bakers for drinks and cakes.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Cranbrook Sissinghurst castle circular walk

All high-res photos,#3 shows what appear to be Bluebells in a sheltered glade,appearing about 6 weeks early.
We started our walk at Cranbrook church(very big)and although it was around +2C with a wind blowing from the north,we soon heated up and started to disrobe.The walk was expected to be very muddy,but the early part was really very nice and firm underfoot.After Sissinghurst village we walked towards the famous castle and sat in the grounds and drank our coffee.Returning in the general direction of Cranbrook via a different route,we crossed the main road and followed the path of an old Roman road which was no longer visible.Through some lovely woods with little footbridges and out onto the road for a short while.Back onto the footpath,things deteriorated,and we had to walk along a very muddy stream going downhill.We met another group of ramblers going up and gave them the good news.We turned back to a field footpath and after about 45 minutes were back at the car park.We found a nice coffee shop in Cranbrook and after had a good drive back. about 6 or 7 miles and 3 hours.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Rainham Country park to Gillingham Strand

A Short walk along to Gillingham Strand,along the bank of the river Medway(tidal section).The Dutch Navy sailed up here in 1660 and sank most of the Royal Navy,and for some strange reason this is not taught in our history lessons at school.There are a couple of medieval forts in the river and they usued to strech chains across the river to deter attackers.An interesting front garden on a house fronting the river,with a nautical theme.
sunny weather a walk of 4 miles.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Crab and Winkle railway line

The world's oldest regular passenger carrying railway.Canterbury to Whitstable
We started at Gypsy corner and took a 7 mile circular route through Blean Woods
and followed part of the route of the old Crab and winkle line.
The track bed is still visible and is being turned into a cycle route.
We crossed the Caturbury road and proceeded into the woods after leaving the rail path.
After about a mile the map was ambiguous and our navigator had qualms.
after taking a compass bearing and a hike through the woods ,we came out into open fields which we skirted,and then had to pass over swollen streams which would normally have been wet ditches
this meant an army type obstacle course,but luckily no one fell in,although the stinging nettles still hurt after 8 hours!A very muddy walk in places,we did not stop for lunch as tempit was fugiting.
the picture shows the railway course quite well.It closed in 1953 after being reopened to help with the disasterous floods.Next week-somewhere dry.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Bearsted to Leeds Castle

A perfect day,the spring sunshine burning the mist off by 0900.A walk to Leeds using the country lanes which are quiet around here.A picture of Leeds church with Oast houses in the foreground.Leeds Castle was fairly quiet as we went through on the public footpaths.
Crossing the cricket pitch on the way back,we came to the George Public house in Leeds ,which was welcoming,and had a good selection of food and you can see a picture of Beef pie with bubble and squeak!Back across the fields this time ,not too muddy as we skirted the orchards,and passed St Nicholas church at Otham.A good walk in very good weather of about 8 miles.