Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Meeting at Tankerton we zig-zagged through the back streets and came upon the world's oldest passenger railway route lurking behind the All Saints church.Crossing the A299 we were then in the coutryside and we disappeared into the woods>the only indications of a railway nature 150 years on,were ponds for the steam winches and loco,and a straight graded path.through Tyler Hill and then eventually onto the Kent Uni campus,which was v quiet cos it was the off season.A bit of a struggle with signs and we emerged onto St Thomas hill and after a mile walk saw a bus coming (number 4),which we flagged down and boarded,and it took us to Tankerton where we had and ice cream,and I closed mt car window which had been open all day(luckily it had just started raining)
8 miles 6 of us Sunny/grey/rainy
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Following a "discussion"with a traffic light "engineer"whilst facing a permanent red ATS,I finally arrived at the eastern end of the RH&DR.My colleagues arrived soon after and we set out on the northern bank of the Royal Military Canal.Passing the concrete sound mirror we eventually turned off the path and climbed the hill to LEMANIS,a Roman Fort thingy.We stopped for coffee ,with a wonderful view of the coastal plain before us and could clearly see France.Setting off to the top of the hill,we then folowed the Saxon Shore Way and then descended through arable farmland stopping to investigate an abandoned ROC post.Crossing the railway line,we entered Dymchurch where we were treated to a bag of excellent chips,which we ate ,sitting on the sea wall.
Walking up to the station,we had a cup of char whilst waiting for the train which sped us back to Hythe (it seemed a long way)for the sum of £6 v reasonable.
5 of us 8 miles(?)sunny pleasantly cool.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
After passing a few enormous 300 year old chestnut trees we came to Little Chart and the brick built church,and turned on to the Stour valley walk.Emerging on Pluckley road at St Mary's Church(ruined 1944)we stopped for coffee.This is where H.E.Bates was married and we think he lived next door at The Granary.Across the wheat fields towards Egerton(wheat popping and ripe)we arrived in the village and after a fight over who insisted paying for the ice creams ,we stopped for a break.Back on the Greensand way hither and thither we arrived back at Pluckley.
8 miles 6 bods warmish sunnyish dull at times but a nice walk.
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