Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Pluckley circular walk

Annus Mirabilis Hikingwise
Funny bow topped windows are prevalent
A Sweet Chestnut tree V old
The lunch that slowed us down
Dwarfing rootstock apple trees,M27 80% of
ALL THE WORLD'S apple trees are on M(Malling stock)
The Swan Inn Excellent food cheerful staff!
An uphill slog,but not muddy for once

Harrow on the Hill

Well,rain was expected again(it eventually arrived at 20.00)a nice grey-ish day following a KCC leaflet walk with pictures(and I still got bloody lost)about 5 miles to Little Chart and back.
H.E.Bates country and mostly on the old Dering family estate(bow windows their trademark)
The Swan Inn was excellent,the food was good solid English Fare,steak and Ale pie,Steak and Kidney pie and so on.Wendy served us ,a refugee from the metropolis.and Fullers London Pride was handed down to us.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Capel-Le-Ferne to Dover round trip

An Adder (only 2 types of poisonous snake in England) and this is one of them and a female.
It was unfazed by our presence and argument re Grass snake versus Adder as we stood within lethal striking range .We were informed that they were not unusual hereabouts!
striking distance would be denoted by coiled posture,this one is relaxed

Thats Dover docks in the distance with people from all points of the compass fighting to enter the country illegally,as its such a nice place ,and we are so welcoming.
The sun came out in earnest later on,which cheered us up (until we nearly trod on the snake)
A shiny little green beetle thingy having a blow after a flight from France (maybe)
If you fart in the channel tunnel,then this is where its pumped out again
A Typical Brit encouraging Europeans to stay away with his sartorial elegance
A scary path along the cliff top with a nice new hand rail for the faint of heart
Folkestone harbour in the distance,not a lot of nautical stuff going on really.
An Air-Defence sound mirror built in 1928 (pre dates Radar) This is of course a visual cliche on the 1995 film The Usual Suspects.Which in turn owes its title to the line from the film Casablanca

A very windy cliff top walk(winds of about 60 mph)along narrow paths,but not too dangerous.
We walked past several wartime concrete emplacements,whose purpose we could not fathom.
We had a cup of char before we started and unusually passed some other walkers.
we did about 6 miles or so and returned for a breakfast at the clifftop cafe,which was good.We sat alfresco as it was so sunny.Unable to see La Belle France owing to mist,not much shipping activity,but we did see a Lifeboat,a KC-135Tanker aircraft and a Sea King chopper"RESCUE 66"
clattering along from Walton on the Naze.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Charing HI RES click to enlarge.

Charing Heath Circular walk 5.5miles

One of the many sand quarries that are in the area,some are being landscaped and returned
A cart-type horse,very friendly but seperated from us by an electric fence
This is how the cereal crop looks in June

A very friendly collie -cross out for a walk with its master,what a lucky dog
On the right,and "Ancient wood"which was already old in 1600
A nice little ragstone cottage

A KCC walk,from one of their free guides.An unusual little -used group of footpaths and stiles,
crossing fields and through woods and over babbling streams.We had to beat our way through a jungle of tall grass and weeds. Lots to look at and take in.The Red Lion pub was closed (forever?)it was half way and would have been ideal for a cool beer.The pub in charing was also closed until 3.00 pm--whats gives?And the pub in the village(name forgotten)where we thought we had ordered hot meals but instead were served sandwiches,They were OK ,but what a disappointment.A hot day with the promise of heavy rain later.back home for some Egyptian PT.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Leeds Castle (again)

This looks like a Loch Ness Monster type thing ,but on grass.
A grey ,dull,windy,cold(13C)day that was forecast to be warm and sunny (eventually)But Michael Fish got it wrong again.We only wanted a short stroll(4 miles)so entered Leeds Castle on the footpath (saving £70 for the famous five)We had a coffee wandered about ,and strolled back to Leeds Church again.