Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Rochester Airport to Maidstone

Firstly,the Camilla Park and Ride from Willington street to Stoneboro,
then a 101 express double decker up Blue Bell Hill to the airport.we disembarked and negotiated the myriad roundabouts and crossings at the M2 junction to enter Buckmore park via the footpath>NO SIGNS.we found a stile and walked through the woods down an unused path.Crossing an internal service road,the path petered out,and I was unable to find the way ahead.We consulted with some police dog handlers who,although helpful were not very clued up on the local footpaths.I scouted ahead through the brambles and found the (possible)path and emerged onto a road.Asking the way of a van driver produced the proprieter of an engineering firm who was very helpful and pointed out that the path left the site and then re entered it!-still no signs.We walked through the woods on a distinct path ,and made it to common road and the Picnic site ,where we had coffee and enjoyed the wonderful views .Setting of parallel to the A229 roman road,we descended down the path to KIts Coty ancient monument(see group shot)then along the NDW to little cossington,to find our way barred by an electric fence(no problem)after a mistake we went back to the correct route and emerged alongside the Cobtree Golf course(NO SIGNS)asking the way sent us in the wrong direction around the outside of the course along a nice path,and then finally we emerged onto the Aylesford road and walked on the Allington Lock on the Medway.
Along the towpath intoMaidstone ,and through the back streets to the Park and Ride pick up stop,a 8 minute wait and we were on our way back-a bit tiring ,6 of us and maybe as much as 11 miles which I will recheck on the map.WX=sunny coldish but nice