Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


This tree person is making a break for it.

We were in search of poppies following last years pix on FLICKR of Boxley.
We took the Park & Ride to Maidstone,crossed the road at the scene of the bloody civil war battle at Gabriels hill and set off up the Roman Road ,Week street,to Wetherspoons Society Rooms where we had breakfast.It was astounding and made me gasp.It was basically two of everything for £3.99
I had to donate certain food items to the poorer members of our group,but still found it a struggle.Oh yes, and the staff were OK and professional,unlike the Hook and Hatchet last week.
We then waited for a 101 bus (every 15 minutes-yeah right)and got off at sandling.
a bit of moaning as we climbed the footbridge and then up the side of the Running Horse pub and up the road to Boarley.we crossed a field of Corn in which the footpath was choked with weeds, and then on to a road that was a cul de sac,but still had the occasional lost car.We stopped for a sit down near H1 and saw a javelin and a Eurostar.Across more fields ,but alas,no poppies.
Emerging in Boxley proper we sat down by the church and then off along the footpath to detling village.Crossing the A249 by the unauthorised route,and then down a very dodgy sloping neglected footpath .Crossing the fields we eventually came to Bearsted Green where we were treated to a Magnum ice lolly and a sit down.
Through the footpaths and RTH.
6 of us 7 miles hot and humid, no poppies just cramp in the legs.

Go to Flickr and search:-"Poppies Boxley"

can't get the link to work ,I feel inadequate,

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Next week we are going poppy hunting at Boxley

Typical of the lovely meadows at Hucking

This stile was about 5 feet high

This is a typical wherethehellarewe?scene

Meeting at the church,we set off across the first meadow towards Gorham Wood Bicknor.
Then Church wood and Fourayes farm.After Hazel street farm we stopped for our coffee and watched 2 buzzards soaring over us (did they think we were cose to expiry?)
After this I went wrong and missed our turning taking us instead to southlees road,where we had to turn back.Finding the correct road we then crossed a paddock at Old Forge Farm and up a nicely cleared path into the woods,up a steep hill which caused a sit down.
Although the footpath went though a house's garden we followed the mown path on the periphery
and across into the woods where no one had trodden for years,we had to step carfefully and surprisingly emerged at a stile.
Into the Woodland Trust area and towards the Hook and hatchet pub.At the pub a glass of beer served by miserable and unfriendly staff!
Then back through the hamlet to the car park
V hot and sunny 6 of us 8 miles ,some lovely scenery,will do again.
Following my posting yesterday the power went off for 3 hours and I lost it all.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Very windy along here so coats on and hats off.

This might be the (river)Wantsum

Footpath of the year award 2010
this church has a genealogical connection for 3 of us.

We are just waiting for the call (cashier number 7 please)
HR pic
We met up at beacon hill in a 45 mph wind from the sea.After setting out along the beach path we turned off at Bishopstone manor and,encountering some blind ramblers ,crossed the fields to Hillborough church,where we stopped for coffee.
Setting out across the arable fileds again we followed the Wantsum Walk named after the river,and crossed the railway to the non-existant windmill at Brook Bridge.Then north to reculver and an ice cream and a sit down below the sea wall out of the wind.With much getting up and grunting we walked along the cliff top and then down onto the beach path and returned to the cars. Did I mention I got lost?
Sunny,v.windy,7 of us 8 miles .

Wednesday, June 09, 2010


the view from the top deck of the 101-how exciting!
so it's up to 5500 years old

The old BBH road,this is where the haunting should take place

This is just typical of my navigation skills (or lack of)
Putting down our prayer mats to worship Kit
A slow Slow Worm

Down there is the East Malling Work simulation Unit Quango

We started from Bearsted using the 501 Park and Ride to Chequers ,then the 101 to Rochester Airport. Last year ,we followed the footpath into the old scouts sport centre,this had never been re marked following the roundabout and road repositioning, so we followed the road to Bridgewood,and then dived into the woods there.A metal detectorist was at work on the path,and had found about 10 coins,mostly modern and even 1 Euro.Emerging on Common road ,we walked past the picnic site,and then down the side of the A229 to Kits Coty.We had coffee here,and then moved on as it started to rain.We were on a sheltered path,so didn't get too wet.Crossing Rochester Rd Aylesford we went on the pilgrims way to where it crosses the A229 and turned off across the fields to Pratling street,overgrown badly signed paths again,emerging into Cossington farm,and then onto the Golf course.Again badly marked paths a lot of stumbling around in the bushes,and then onto another path into the country park etc etc.We came out by the bridge over the M20 and entered the Malta Inn car park.We then had easy walking along the tow path ,having first established that the river taxi wasn't due to leave for another hour.Over the High level bridge,into Brenchley gardens ,and into the Corn Exchange lane where we all had a cup of char.The 501 back to Bearsted and missed the rain that was threatening.

9 miles humid,cloudy rainy 7 of us