Wednesday, December 16, 2009
LOTS AND LOTS OF TREES(TO BE EXPECTED REALLY)
Just past Benenden Hospital,a nice parking area and well managed paths and roads.
An overnight frost at -7C made it a cold start,but mercifully,no wind.We RV'd at the car park following and overshoot and go-round.As the forest is self-contained right to roam,we didn't pay much attention to mapreading,but just followed the paths wherever they went.the sun was breaking through the trees and provided the only external warmth,and it was most welcome.
On reaching the northern boundary of the wood,instead of continuing across country,we turned back and criss-crossed the main path,through the trees.
We did a leisurely 5.5 miles (5 of us)and were glad to get back to some heat.
p.s. someone forgot their boots and gloves -oh dear
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Three of our group are related to a member of the Lifeboat Crew in the last century.
PALM BAY A FEW PEOPLE WALKING DOGS IN THE DISTANCE
THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH BROADSTAIRS
THE STEPS PROPER
THE ENTRANCE TO THE 39 STEPS (YES REALLY)ACTUALLY 78 STEPS.
THE SIDE OF THE LIFEBOAT STATION AT BROADSTAIRS
BROADSTAIRS BEACH WITH THE TIDE OUT IN WINTER
We rendezvoused at Broadstairs western end,and started off across the bay to the Harbour.We paused at the Lifeboat Station to read the names on the board,one of which is the Great Grandfather of the more distinguished members of our group.We then dropped down on to the beach, as the tide was well out,and walked along under the cliffs.It was mild with little or no wind.We were looking out for the famous 39 steps,and we found them.There were more than 39,but thats showbusiness,we went to the top where our way was barred by a wrought iron gate.
We carried on along the foreshore,and,noting the tankers and cargo ships waiting for the tide,out at sea.
Passing North Foreland,we stopped in a shelter to have our coffee,and then set off back along the cliff tops.We had an option to take the bus but everyone was feeling fit,so we hoofed it.
Past Captain Digby restaurant and along the road by the golf course we crossed back to the beach side.The sun eventually came out as we arived back at Broadstairs and we stopped for a coffee at the Coffee bar with the happy trustworthy proprietor .
Only half a mile to the end now ;-
8.5 miles 6 of us 10C cloudy.
we will do it again in the spring.It's a nice one
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Taking advantage of a special offer on Le Shuttle we went to France for the day.
The crossing etc was totally unremarkable,so I will not remark upon it.
Cote d'Opale was very nice,but it was raining heavily a lot of the time (the French were not to blame)I was prepared and issued everyone with umbrellas .We had a good look around the town and its ramparts ,had a coffee and then found a place for lunch.The £ is down about 30% so the meal seemed expensive ,although very enjoyable.I was able to make myself understood,and was annoyed when people addressed me in English--how could they possibly tell?
Back on the Shuttle and home in the dark with pouring rain .Still,it was an interesting day out.
4 of us 3 miles heavy rain.
Shiftman-all noted thanks
Anon-watch out for the hit squads
next week Thanet coastal weather permitting.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
COFFEE BREAK AT MAIDSTONE BRIDGE
The river was fordable on horseback in Saxon times and a major battle took place at this spot
between the Britons and Anglo-Saxons Hengist and Horsa fought Vortigern (Horsa was slain )
One of the most photographed bridges in southern England at Aylesford Village.
We decided that as there had been a very large amount of rain in the previous four days,we would stick to a non-muddy route if possible.So we RV at Aylesford car park and set off along the southern bank of the Medway,to avoid the crumbling footpath on the other side.
Past a new development of flats built within a coffer dam to lessen the effects of flooding,and along to Little Preston where we crossed the railway line.See the picture above of the daily quarry train from Allington to Reading.We then crossed over Allington lock and along by all the moored barges and houseboats to Maidstone centre.An awful new shop has been built on the gasworks site and is an architectural disgrace.We made our way back and it chucked it down with rain.then the sun came out(very confusing)we dallied a while at the Malta inn and retraced our steps to Aylesford.
about 7 miles 8 of us rain and sun and wind.