Paleolithic rock shelter.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Penshurst walk in the bluebell woods

Sidney's Oak one of britains top 50 is 1000, yes, one thousand years old and has saplings grown from acorns on the estate , which have also been sent all over the world.The gardens date from 1350.

This is what we came to see(whilst they remain)

Crisis of confidence direction wise

This is quite interesting ,its a list of vicars from 1278 up to 1973 It's HIGH RES so click it up

St Mary the Virgin Chiddingstone

The graveyard is beckoning,about 300 years worth there.

Look-not a football hooligan in sight!

White bluebells(Whitebells?)with their relatives

A bit of a dull day(thankfully)we set off for Penshurst village and after a minor hiatus arrived and debussed.Our mission was to find an carpet of bluebells between an avenue of Oaks that I remembered from 9 years ago.the scenery was awe inspiring and we appeared to be under the departure lane for London Gatwick LGW but the bird song took the edge off that.
Lots of mature trees (very very)and some nice walking country.The dried mud indicated that,a couple of weeks ago this would have been a very difficult walk.
The map instructions were incorrect on several occasions ,and we had to backtrack .
A field full of Jersey(?)cows with a solitary(tired looking)Bull was crossed without incident,apart from them all following us to the top of the field.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Docklands Light Railway.

Yours Truly ,in the Greenwich foot tunnel singing the Cockney Anthem
"Maybe it's a Big Horse"(I'm a Londoner)

Looking Upstream to Canon Street Rail terminus

London Eye,lots of people milling around on the South Bank,lots to see,lots to do.

A Thames Driftwood collector,a very important task, to prevent damage to craft on the river

The Docklands Light Railway utilises old dock rail tracks and some new routes to cover Docklands and London City Airport and Lewisham.New lines being added all the time.
NO DRIVERS!all done by computers,so you can sit in the front and whoosh through the tunnels playing train drivers!A little gem overlooked by most tourists

HIGH RES PIC of a MUDLARK(fur coated)on the Thames at low water

A Map of the Docklands Light railway,and One day travel card from West Malling including travel on Trains Buses and Underground in all London Zones (3 travel for the price of 2)

A lovely sunny day and a 2 mile walk from East Malling R.S to West Malling station where the express to London Bridge stops, before going non-stop to London.
A fast 45 minute journey,and we emerged into the bright sunshine and crossed London Bridge on foot.We made our way to Bank underground station and the new extension of the DLR,which is below all the existing tube tunnels.
The trains are computer controlled and have no driver so we pushed to the front and sat in the front of the first carriage and had the unusual drivers-eye-view of an underground tunnel.
We passed through docklands gawping at the buildings like Pip in Great Expectations.
We de- trained at london City airport where we graced their presence by using the toilet facilities. Catching the next rain back to Poplar(which was popular)we changed there and went under the Thames to Cutty sark(which was being re-re furbished)we went for a nice cup of coffee and then down the pedestrian tunnel under the river to Island gardens.We caught a train back to Bank station(every 10 minutes frequency).
We had a brief wander around the outside of St Pauls cathedral and then crossed the Thames back to the south bank via the millenium bridge.We walked along the south bank and crossed Westminster bridge and along Victoria street to Victoria station,where a train was waiting for us.
We encountered a friend on the train so scrounged a lift back to East Malling thus saving a 2 mile walk.
I think we did about 5 miles altogether.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Gravesend Town to Shorne mead Fort

We've no idea what was in these containers on the barge what do you think?
We have since ascertained that its Sierra Hotel One Tango from London
That little grass bump is the sea wall,with the River Thames and a small ferry the other side

This one entitled "You never know it might just come in handy one day"
This area (Denton)was,in the 60's a hub of industrial activity-now-entropy-meamorphisis

A story board for the foreshore at Gravesend by the Gordon Promenade,lots of history,more than you could shake a stick at.

Roast Beef,Roast potatoes,Yorkshire pudding,and yes I did eat my greens for once
All from the Three Daws pub at Gravesend,very old 1488 facing the River Thames.

A lovely sunny warm day-spring has sprung.
After scrutinising the train times on the internet,one group set off from Sittingbourne and another from Aylesford.At Strood we changed trains and rang the others to see where they were.We had the reply"near a telegraph pole"when we arrived at Gravesend,they were 2 seats behind us on the same train!
We detrained and rather than pass a nice Italian coffee shop,in Windmill street,we sat outside and watched the fine citizens of Gravesend go about their business(It's a nice town)
Down to the promenade and after lots of photography we turned right and headed along the Saxon Shore Way (it runs from Gravesend to Hastings)Through all the old abandoned industrial sites and past vehicle workshops ,welding companies,engineering firms etc and out on to the open road that leads past the Seamans training school.On our right(should have been our left)was the Medway-Gravesend canal(disused)we had to cross this to get where we were supposed to be.Another mile or so and then turned left towards Shoremead Fort ,where we sat on the sea wall and watched the various vessels going by,and savouring retirement.
We continued back on the sea wall looking at all the flotsam and jetsam washed up to the high water mark(some really nice big bits of wood)
We came to the Three Daws pub and ordered lunch and decided to sit inside overlooking the Thames.
A good lunch ,a chat with an ex-Royal Navy man and then back to the train.
A good day,not too far this time about 6 miles.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Appledore to Warehorne and back via Royal Military Canal

From the top

The Royal Military Canal


History board

Fillet of Cod in Beer Batter with salad,Chips peas and BEER

The Woolpack Inn Warehorne (16th century)Log fire,food etc

A drainage channel or "sewer" that drains the marsh which is only 6 feet above sea level

Kenardington Church,initially fortified to ward off marauding Vikings etc and modified over the centuries,and during the 21st century is receiving attention from scaffolders.

Walking to a Tumulus(burial mound pre-historic)at 50 feet the highest thing for miles.It's bloody cold,(always is at the start)Hunched shoulders and head down into the wind.

We parked at Appledore and set off across fields to the Tumulus.Lots of Sheep with lambs in the fields;and a sky,one minute sunny,the next menacing.A cold north wind,which we shrugged off and continued on our way,across recently harrowed fields. All too soon, after passing a Badgers Sett,we came upon Kenardington church,standing in isolation(a plague church?)we decided,that,as it was early,we would continue to Warehorne to see if the pub was open.From some distance away we could smell woodsmoke (cherry ,apple?) coming from the pub's log fire.It was open ,and we settled down to wait for the Chef to start work.As you can see, the meal was of large proportion,and we thought, a reasonable price.We fiished our meal,and after a brief look around the church opposite,made our way south and joined the Royal military Canal(see history board pic)after this it was plain sailing,all on the level and no mapreading required.