http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015mqp2

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015mqp2
Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

HEMSTED FOREST, BENENDEN ROMAN FORD



His Griffon powered spitfire
Based at West Malling and Hawkinge.




The stones languishing at the bottom of the ford.


Don't ask me what's going on here,but thay can be identified by gender if you scrutinise


A Dutchman who availed himself of our photographic skills.

Whilst they were standing there,I was wading up the stream in search of artefacts.



HIG RES CLICK TO ENLARGE
I LIKE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS (OLIVER CROMWELL DIDN'T AND SMASHED THEM)
HIGH RESOLUTION PICTURE CLICK TO ENLARGE

ANOTHER STREAM WITH STRANGE BLACK STONES IN IT.










THE BLOCKS OF STONE IN THE FORD HAVE BEEN TAMPERED WITH
THE PATH TO THE FORD-MORE MUTTERING
THIS SHEEP IS MOODY AND DID NOT MOVE

WHEN THEY STOPPED GRUMBLING,I PERSUADED THEM TO WALK ALONG THE SUNKEN ROAD,WHICH IS 2000 YEARS OLD

THE ROMAN ROAD,WHICH RUNS FROM ROCHESTER TO HASTINGS


THIS A PARTICULARLY OLD EXAMPLE,JUDGING BY ITS GIRTH (the tree)
The Roman Road passes Benenden Girls school



A bit of history today,starting at Hemsted Forest,we made our way to the entrance of Benenden school,and avoiding arrest,proceeded through the grounds and then crossed the main road onto the Roman Road which was sunken ,and followed it to the Roman Ford.This area was a focus for the transportation of Iron Ore ,can you see this coming?it was a Ford Focus.
After showing the ford to the semi interested ramblers,we climbed the hill to Benenden Church which was set on a lovely green,where we stopped for coffee and a chat with the locals.After,we walked on to Pullington Farm,and crossed the road towards the sewage works and then Mount Le Hoe (this is not ghetto speak)through some mysterious woods with large dried up lakes,and then through futher woods and meadows to Goddards Green where cherries were bought,and after a short walk we arrived at the car park.
6 of us a hot but pleasant sunny day,about 8 or 9 miles
a red star awarded for this walk.
The Roman Road runs from London to the South coast and intersects the Roman Road from Ashford kent.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

BROADSTAIRS - MARGATE and the 39 steps.


No ants nest this week

The entrance to the 39 steps-yes really-no BS


The ghostly figure at the bottom is me.These are the 39 steps (and some)yes-they really exist.







For a change,a coastal walk,WX sunny and breezy-ideal conditions.Starting at Broadstairs we walked along the esplanade and into Broadstairs proper.Then along the undercliffe and on to the sandy beach,as the tide was going out.Stopping to film the 39 steps we carried on to North Foreland(where I took my morse cose test in 1976 at the GPO Coast radio station)we sat on the warm sand and had our coffee.Around Kingsgate and Foreness point,Palm Bay,,finally stopping at
walpole Bay where we stopped for a cup of tea (I had breakfast of course)at the Jet Ski cafe.Walking into Margate we then cought a loop bus which took us on a mystery tour of Thanet,before depositing us at Broadstairs.A nice sunny day ,7 of us
and torrential rain going back on M2.