Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Harty Ferry Bird reserve circular walk.

Whilst we were waiting at the RVP we saw a Marsh Harrier hunting in the field alongside
Its a lot lighter than in the picture and was by itself(unusual hereabouts)
You can't see this but,it's raining horizontally and its about 10 degrees Celsius and blowing hard

Can they really break your arm?has anyone ever had their arm broken ?

A day that was forecast to be very rainy. Well, we made it to the HartyInn OK, and had our usual impeccable lunch there. A good menu with Venison and Pheasant among the Sausage and Mash and Liver and Bacon, although this simple fare was excellently cooked .
It started raining as we gird our loins to set out again along the sea wall.
It was not too bad inland but up on the wall we were exposed and the rain came lashing in horizontally from our right ,so it was a case of pull your hood up, bow your head and keep going. Unsurprisingly,the nudist beach had no takers ,as it was only about 10 deg C.
An interesting fellow was encountered at the start, using divining rods to search for "ordnance", and he had not had a positive result.(not this day anyway)apart from that we passed no other walkers/birdwatchers which is not unusual and certainly not in such grim weather.Home to a hot bath and tea.We did about 8 miles .

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Maidstone short river cruise to Allington

Maidstone town centre there's a webcam here abouts somewhere
Some of the floating Gin Palaces at the Allington marina
Some of the older larger vessels ,mainly sea going barges ,used as habitation.
A narrow boat,of which there are a reasonable number on the River Medway nowadays

Owing to various assorted factors a bus ride into Maidstone and then breakfast,and a trip up the River Medway to Allington on the small paddle cruiser.A lovely sunny day,not much breeze ,about an hour to wait by the River bridge for the boat to arrive,and ice cream and a sit down.
the fare was £4 very inexpensive and gave us a return trip to the Malta Inn,passing the Marina where there were some expensive looking craft.Not much activity on the river(we never passed another boat)A Kingfisher whipped past in Maidstone,a not so unusual sight nowadays.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Stour valley from Chilham circular walk.

Jane Austen used the road pictured above
to make visits in her carriage to Mystole house

All High res so click to enlarge

We promised not to divulge the owner of this car

God made all this

I know it doesn't look much but its a stone age long barrow.
It's called Julliberries grave and is between 4 and 6 thousand years old,flint tools,scrapers etc have been found along with much later burials.there is also a strong Roman connection from the first Roman invasion around 40AD.About 150 feet long and 6 feet high it's a communal grave.

A day with lots of rain promised,but none materialized.God has turned on the air conditioning in Kent and it was quite nice for walking.Starting at Chilham we went through Godmersham park and followed the Stour valley way up the opposite side of the river valley.Through the woods ,and over a few fallen trees and past the Stone age barrows at Juliberrie down .A nice walk past the water mill and down to the Mid Kent water reservoir,and then back towards Chilham.This area was used extensively in the Power and Pressburger film"A Canterbury Tale"(wartime propaganda)but nevertheless quite good.In the film,a steam train runs along theRiver Stour valley,and by a strange coincidence a steam train(preserved)also came along whistling shrilly,but we were behind the trees and could only see the smoke!
A pint of lager in the pub in Chilham which really hit the spot and then home to chicken pie and a hot bath.
here's a review of the film;-


A wonderful film, as you might expect, from the cinema's greatest directorial duo. It's unique in mood and pace amongst the many Archers films that I've seen. The others move at a brisk pace, going from one plot element to the next. No harm in that, of course. It works very well for films like One of Our Aircraft Is Missing, I Know Where I'm Going!, A Matter of Life and Death and the others. A Canterbury Tale, on the other hand, stops and smells the roses as it leisurely - and semi-plotlessly - strolls through the English countryside on the trail to Canterbury Cathedral. Three young people, an American G.I. named Bob Johnson (Seargant John Sweet), a British soldier, Peter Gibbs (Dennis Price), and a young woman from London, Alison Smith (Sheila Sim), moving to the countryside for work. The all arrive in the small town of Kent on the same train, and they walk together trying to find the hotel. An assailant pops out of nowhere in the impenetrable dark and throws glue all over Alison's hair. Over the next few days they look for "the Glueman." The film doesn't always work, especially concerning the Glueman subplot, which almost seems like it is the plot for most of the movie. The investigation and solution are the weakest scenes in the film. But there are dozens of gorgeous sequences within the film. I especially love the sequence with the children playing war. The film gets especially good during its extended finale, where the three (actually four) main characters go to Canterbury, and their pilgrimages pay off. The three leads are excellent. The fourth main character, the magistrate of Kent, Thomas Colpeper (Eric Portman), is the weakest and I'd just rather forget his role in the film myself. Perhaps he will work better in subsequent viewings. The best aspect of the film is its top shelf cinematography, maybe the best black and white that I've seen from the Archers. A lot of the scenes take place, ingeniously, in total darkness. These work so much better than imaginable! .


Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Shorne Wood Country Park

A fire has damaged these old oaks
The Mausoleum The highly skilled workmen could be found in a portakabin drinking tea

print this off and stick it on a choc box
Hi Ho Hi Ho (the rest of the song is non-applicable)

A grey drizzly day,so somewhere fairly local was chosen.This counrty park run by the Kent County Council has had a lot of money invested in it.Its ideal for children,disabled,the whole community.It has a friendly cafeteria and good facilities.
We went out of the environs and into Cobham park where there are some nice mature trees,and into Cobham village,where we turned down a bridleway towards the Mausoleum.After a couple of miles ,passing the mausoleum,(which is being refurbished at great expense)we turned back towards watling street and through a picturesqe and mature woodland site.Crossing over the CTRL link and the A2,we were a bit adrift as the map was published in 1997 and was out of date!
We chanced going up a long road which luckily briought us back to where we had parked.
More tea and bacon rolls and then we departed homewards.About 5 miles, a nice walk.

Monday, May 07, 2007

RAF Manston Flying visit.

Owing to various engagements we did not walk this week,but instead,visited RAF Manston and the Spitfire and Hurricane building and theManston Museum alongside.Very nice,very well presented and above all warm(cold out and v windy)Too much to take in at one go,but requires another visit.Being in a seaside setting we had fish and chips which were good.
The restaurant on site seemed more popular than the museum(it was packed)