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Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

CHILHAM TO CANTERBURY ALONG THE STOUR

Our return transport mode,the bus seats were worn out and uncomfortable!



Pity that the car is parked there,a shot of Chilham village square
Dragon's teeth tank obtacles from WW2 part of the primary anti invasion defence .
A terracotta ridge tile ,looks like a Griffon or maybe a common or garden dragon.



Railway layout South west of Canterbury click to enlarge for Elham Vally Line


A grey gloomy coldish day,we started at Chilham Village and Crossed over the rail line to Chilham Mill and then over the Stour and towards Juliberrie Down ,and old Stoneage Barrow.
the path was closed with no alternative route,so we ignored that and carried on,crossing a water pipeline where no one was working.We joined the lane featured in the Powell and Pressburger wartime film "A Canterbury Tale" as the "old road" and carried on to Chartham Mill and Village green.We stopped for our coffee just along the Stour by a wier,throwing bread to the ducks ,so that they had to go perilously close to the edge and then paddle like stink to avoid going over .We then crossed back over the main road and through an orchard towards Watling street.A new Hitachi "bullet"train on test passed us and we looked at the embankment where the old Elham Valley line used to join the present one to Canterbury.(see aerial pic)
Almost into the city now,and down some back streets to check out the bus station.
A cup of tea and sausage roll and a look around the market stalls,a 10 minute wait and the 654 Double decker came in. It took about 40 minutes to get to Chilham going all around the houses,but better than walking.
A large Egret and a Kingfisher was all we saw, word botching wise
7 of us 9 miles

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