Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Coffee break in the pouring rain(still-we were happy)
We met up at Chilham Car park and set off across the A252 or whatever it's called.
It was raining ,on and off,and we climbed the hill which was covered in apple orchards.
Very muddy,so we varied the route a little.At Stone Stile farm we continued and then crossed into the woods,which were very slippery.Interesting,as I'd never been here before,and had to concentrate on map reading.Soon we were heading up to the mount,a hard uphill non-stop slog,good aerobic exercise.At the viewing point,there was a platform and a couple of table thingys,so wes stopped for coffee in the rain.Down the hill and through Shottenden and on to a long road/bridleway.Very pleasant despite the rain ,and worth another visit in bluebell time.A group of 3 Llamas in a field looking a bit perplexed at all the noise (see pictures)then across the main road and up the steep track into the Kings Wood,and then along the familiar North Downs Way back into Chilham village.
A nice walk,hard going,6 of us, 7 miles, 9C,rainy.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Ancient mass clock at St Margarets,on south wall showing times for mass
2nd from left ,maybe XL next time at Primark?
A lightning strike?
At night,this tree pulls its roots up and goes walkabout to scare naughty children
St Margaret's Church
I think the duty photographer was hoping for an "action"shot of him falling in the water filled ditch.He was disappointed then.
The little Stour that runs from Lenham,through Ashford to Canterbury
The ruts are still icy in places
I got lost before even getting to the RV,so did the 2nd car load.But we got there eventually.
Starting at St Margarets church,we set off up the footpath and crossed the road onto the Greensand way which was also then Stour Valley walk in places(2 for 1).It was a cracking pre-spring day with loads of lovely sunshine,starting at 0C and ending up at 12C,it was nice to feel the sun on your face.
After crossing another road we came to a decision point,and after some discussion,backtracked and found the point where the SVW breaks breaks from the GSW.
Across a muddy field vandalised by pigeons to the road again,and then south along the Green Lane ,a permissive byway.A bit muddy down here as the frost had been melted.At the end we turned onto a road for a while and then stopped by Ripper's Cross for coffee.A strange raised embankment with square concrete stones,with centre markers every so often,wonder what they were?looked a bit like an old railway route,but the map throws no light upon it.
I emailed the parish council who said it was part of the flood defences for the River Stour.
Crossing the road at Worten and over more boggey waterlogged fields to the SVW GSW junction where we turned north.Through the grounds of Godinton park and then over streams and fields back to the church.
A "good to be alive "type of day,jackets off,lots of sun ,7 miles ,5 of us 3 hours
we must do this again in the summer.