Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


All that we could find of the old airfield

Having obtained permission from the local Parish to park near Belmont,we RV @10;00
and set off on the dead straight footpath about 1 mile long to THROWLEY FORSTAL,a charming little village cluster with some nice old cottages around a small green.And then off to Dodds Willows and the airfield,long since abandoned from 1918.Located here to intercept Zepplins and Gotha bombers on their way to London.A little hiccup finding the footpath around a farm at BELLS FORSTAL and then to LEVELAND where we stopped for coffee on a hillside,to be interrupted by some curious horses.Past a farrier working on a horse and out on to the A251 road then back into TENANT WOOD,WORKHOUSE WOOD and across arable land to VALLEY FARM.
Up a gentle hill to Parsonage Farm then through a mature vinyard to THROWLEY CHURCH to look at the wargraves of 2 pilots of the newley formed RAF,a short walk back to Belmont and then the drive home.
8 of us 6 miles grey mild dry.
Note:-The villages were very helpful with directions and were welcoming.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Folkestone Warren Samphire Hoe

We've lost the photographer,he 's around here somewhere

.No its a Kestrel

Cars parked on the beach

The man in his cabin cruiser.
Essex police enjoying a little jolly into Kent

Down the very steep path to the beach
France,one of the best views we have seen so far.Hi Res
We were supposed to walk along the beach here,but the tide had other ideas,HI RES
Look at the tortuous path uf the cliff face HIGH RES CLICK
RV @ the Clifftop Cafe Capel le Ferne,( worth a visit for the stunning view)
we had some nosh and then set off down the steep cliff face.2 of our party wandered off(this happens with old people)and we had to send out a search party.Reunited we crossed the railway line and down onto the beach under the cliffs.Peregine Falcon and Kestrels(as usual)in the sky,
A man living on the beach in his cabin cruiser (council not happy)After some heavy shingle walking we made it to Samphire Hoe,the 5 million cubic yard jetty that was made from the Channel tunnel spoil.Walking around the perimiter we looked at the next section of our walk and found that the tide precluded this .Not sure why,but will investigate later,(maybe spring tides to blame)so we exited via the long tunnel then climbed to the top of the cliff(hard work)it started to drizzle,but not enough to warrant wet weather gear,so that all came off again.
Along the North Downs way on the crest very good views of France and the channel,lots to see.
We arrived back at the cars and said our farewells(no hills next week?)
7 of us(2 guest walkers used to the Andes and Himalayas)grey,mild 9 miles

Monday, September 14, 2009


As you might be able to see the footpath crosses their back garden

Passing across parkland which had the largest amount of sheep droppings ever encountered

Another footpath goes up a front driveway and around the side of the garage
Croissing this stile in style

A thatched roof that must have cost a pretty penny

Picking Damsons in the hedgerow

This is the biggest treehouse in Chrisendom,being three stories high

Meeting at Doddington church,we crossed over the Entrance toi Sharsted Court and into the wood.we turned left and made for the M2 which we crossed.Moonfield farm Lynsted park,and then stopping for coffee at the delightful Lynsted village orchard.Through Lynsted and then towards Loyerton and East through Bramley orchards(!)Back across the M2 and Sharsted court .We stopped to pick Damsons from the hedgerow(3lbs in my case)
A few sharp showers,windy but quite a nice day
5 of us 7 miles grey/windy/mild.

Ever had a cream tea and had jam and cream left over?
well cut the scones into 3 slices next time.