Paleolithic rock shelter.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Faversham to Whitstable

Creeks and Sea

After our weeks rest we met up in Sittingbourne so that our leader could buy himself some cakes from the local bakery. Then on to meet the rest of the group at Sittingbourne Railway Station where we caught the train to Faversham
We left Faversham station and walked through the old part of the town to the area where the creek meets the town . Then past the old boatyards and slowly, at our age that’s the only pace we know, followed the creek until it met the river swale.
Here we paused for breath and a cup of coffee and watch the various boats in the Swale including a nice London Barge .
Following this track it meets the north Kent coast with views of the old forts and modern wind turbines way out to sea . Heading east we passed a herd of Polish Horses or were they ponies that had recently been introduced to the area.
Keeping to the edge of the beach we slowly walked into Whitstable and onto its railway station for a very welcome ride back home
Faversham Market Square
Local Boat Yard
Abandoned Boats In Faversham Creek
Thames Barge In River Swale
Polish Horses Nr Whitstable
Latest Design Of Seating ???
Nr Whitstable Looking West

Whitstable In Distance

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

No Walking

Just Lunch

Just under 3 years ago 3 of us old codgers thought we should meet up once a week for a walk and simply for the pleasure of each others company
As time went by others joined us and if you have been reading this blog we have had all sorts of walks in all weathers
Last week we passed a total of 1000 miles since we started and came to the conclusion we should have some form of event to mark this milestone So this week rather than walking the 6 of us who were available met up at our favourite pub The Roebuck at Harrietsham
As always with this pub the meal was very good value and the company excellent and to top it all our esteemed catering officer surprised us with a lovely cake complete with photo and inscription but it goes to say there are no photos to show you. All I can do is offer you these photos as a very small selection of some of our walks over this last 2 plus years

NB for some reason beyond my control this text has come out underlined and I cannot find a way to alter it

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Gravesend to Essex

Another Wet Summer's Day

On a typical summer’s day, ie wet and cloudy and very windy 5 of us met up at Gravesend and within a couple of minutes of arriving at Gravesend railway station our leader forced us into a local cafĂ© for a very nice “English Breakfast”
Suitable fortified we then wandered down to the River Thames where we waited for the Gravesend to Tilbury ferry to be repaired before boarding it and enjoying a trip to Essex , all the time trying to spot a break in the rain filled sky.
Once in Tilbury we headed east along the shores of the river Thames past Tilbury Fort then the power station eventually arriving at Coalhouse Fort.
Here we stopped for a very brief stop and quick drink before heading back. The return walk was an improvement by the simple fact it had stopped raining but unfortunately we were walking into a very strong headwind which made the going hard work. We did pause by one of the many blackberry bushes to fill a couple of containers in the hope of an apple and blackberry pie if we could find some lovely lady to make it.
Arriving back at Tilbury pier we found the at the ferry we had hoped to catch had been cancelled forcing us to wait in the rain and wind for about 45 minutes but despite the weather a very pleasant days walk
Passing River Traffic
Nr Tilbury Fort
Coal Jetty For Power Station
WW2 Defences
Coalhouse Fort