Thursday, September 16, 2010
|THIS MUST BE THE HIGHEST STILE IN KENT|
|THE PICTURE BELOW IS ANOTHER WITH THAT IMPRESSIONIST QUALITY,WHICH IS ODD BECAUSE IT HASN'T BEEN TAMPERED WITH.|
From the nature reserve car park we set off past the church,pausing to admire a frolicking Spitfire in invasion markings,and then turned north across country,finding a footpath totally overgrown we had to go off piste and stumbled upon a friendly gamekeeper who pointed us to our destination.At forge farm we went to fourayes and then into Gorham wood and then back to the reserve.
Mushrooms were picked ,and having not heard of any sudden deaths,were enjoyed later.
6 miles 6 chaps sunny.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
It was Raining with a capital R. A TV film crew were on the A20 filming the obvious.All local roads gridlocked,but we all arrived at Tenterden on time and bought our tickets£12.80 and set off for Bodiam Castle at a gentle clatter.We disembarked,and walked to the castle ,fed the ducks,had a coffee,a mooch around and then back to the station where a Diesel set awaited our pleasure.We got off at Wittersham road and walked down to and along Reading sewer.
Clams pike,eel,etc all had been dredged up along the bank.
We turned north at Smallhythe road,then south to the correct path,to Pichill farm Coneyboro wood and back along the valley,passing hundreds of Pheasant and Mallards(more that you could shake a stick at)Arriving back at Tenterden we had the customary Magnum and made our way home ,where it started to pour with rain again.
6.5 miles (going on 16) 5 blokes ,grey damp,(so was the weather)
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Holidaying in Suffolk as a kid,I would see them assemble in early september,reminding me that I,too had to return to school in London
An ad hoc walk on a nice sunny day with a cool breeze,perfect conditions.
Crossing arable fields south of the church we went up the valley to Oakenpole wood,where the chamberpot was still on the post where we encountered it two years ago.Stopping for coffee at this location we then set off up Payden Street and after scrutinising a semi-concealed footpath sign walked through someone's back garden,past the rotary clothes line and over the stile opposite.I took the lead ,knowing that there were at least 5 others trailing behind who would absorb any flak*.The resident Jack Russell came out and harrassed the last man over.Back though some lovely woodland and then Torrey Hill and through the Plum Orchard where we tarried a while (you work it out yourself)
.Back at the church we said our farewells/hurled insults and agreed to meet next week for the Kent and East sussex railway,where (if it isn't raining)we will train out to Bodiam Castle and walk back
8 or 9 miles 6 of us -lovely WX-nice walk .
I forgot to mention the Buzzards ,which were in their usual place(the sky)