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Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Aylesford-Bluebell Hill

Another Big Hill To Climb


Aylesford
Aylesford Church In Distance
Downhill
Overhead Power Lines Down From Bluebell Hill
Downhill In The Shade
Reputed Burial Spot Of Saxon Horsa
On a very warm and muggy day 5 of us met up at the lovely village of Aylesford where we left our cars , walked through the village and headed north
In what seemed to be only a few minutes we were walking up a very steep hill, all wishing we had spent the day by the sea somewhere . The hill seemed to go on forever and needed more than one stop before we got out of breath at the top.
Here we stopped , not that we could walk another step , just to have a drink and try to recover some resemblance of strength . Luckily this was at the top of bluebell hill and shade the afforded by wooded areas along the route we strolled along the track heading east along the ridge was very welcome.
At one point we stopped to watch a helicopter bearing the logo of The National Grid hover just off the ground apparently inspecting the over head power lines.
We then cut down the track through the woods heading south but more important it was going down hill.
Along this track there was a stone apparently marking the burial place of Horsa , who as a Saxon mercenary was hired along with his brother Hengest and their army by the Romans to subdue the rebellious Kentish locals (nothing has changed ) . Horsa died in the very first battle in 455AD . Legend has it this is where the use of the white horse as the Kent symbol originated
After a quick break for coffee we then carried on downhill , through the local farm before finally entering Aylesford from a slightly different route Not a long walk about 8 miles but due to the combination of muggy weather and very steep hills made it very tiring
Note due to a rebellious “normal” photographer all photos are by the brilliant deputy photographer

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