Paleolithic rock shelter.

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! .