Wednesday, September 02, 2009
FRINSTEAD CIRCULAR WALK
SERENDIPITOUSLY THERE WAS A PILE OF LOGS TO SIT ON HERE.
THIS IS THE ANCIENT TRACKWAY,BUT I'M STILL CONFUSED AS TO WHERE WE ARE
ONE OF OUR OFF-PISTE MOMENTS IN THE WET GRASS(MAPREADING ERROR)
THERE WERE SEVERAL SCLUDED VALLEYS LIKE THIS,THE BUZZARD IS OVER THE FAR TREES SOMEWHERE ON THE LEFT.
BRAND SPANKING NEW BARN REPLACES OLD ASBESTOS ONE
THE PYLON ON THE LEFT WOULD BE MARKED INDIVIDUALLY ON THE OS MAP WHICH IS OF GREAT HELP(PROVIDING YOU GET THE CORRECT ONE)
A rainy start to the day with a strong wind at times.We RV at Frinsted church and walked across towards the WW1 airfield where I made my first mapreading mistake
which we had to correct by piling through a hedge.I had handed out maps as a way of spreading the blame for my incompetence.We came back on track and crossed some very steep meadows and through some footpaths through woods.the markers were either missing,in poor repair ,or obscured,but this made it challenging.A big rainy front was massing in the west and heading our way.We found some logs to sit on and have our coffee,and carried out on to the ancient trackway along the crest of the downs.Using lanes instead of footpaths we then followed the route into an enormous filed where we could just make out where walkers ahd been before,by using our native tracker from Milton Regis.
Then we reversed our route and spotting the buzzard in the distance,made our way back.A rain storm came over and this added to the dificulties of climbing a really steep hill.then before we knew it Frinstead reappeared and we were at the cars.
Next week back to our (tree)roots at East Malling
5 of us 6/7 miles rainy.
Hello to Anne R hope you like the blog.