Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


We RV'd @ East Malling Research,the home of 75%of all the worlds cultivated apple trees.Setting off past Ditton Lab,through the woods to Gallaghers quarry and crossing Hermitage lane and down the footpath to Allington .Down Castle way and on to the Allington lock.A dull rainy,and coldish grey day,we walked along the towpath past all the moored craft,stopping briefly in the rain for our coffee,then continuing to the high level bridge and then down Week street (roman road)to the bus stop where we waited for the 101 bus until it was pointed out that the 72 was the one we wanted (senile decay?)So we boarded and got off at Wealden Hall and then back through the research station.

7 miles 5 chaps rainy 5C
You can judge how dull the weather is by this pic

A nice example of Barge Painting

next week Charing.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Terracing caused by grazing sheep

On a clear day,you can see Dungeness power station from here.

Its only just possible to see(maybe)a fake hawk on a string at the end of a tall fishing rod that acts like a kite in the wind and keeps the pigeons off. 

On the left against the fence is a Badger Sett,and there are scrapes filled with droppings at regular intervals,not nice if you step in them.

On the left the LATCC Air Traffic radio antenna

This tower is designed so that a nuclear weapon blast will pass through it and still be standing post-attack to re-fit comms antennae.

This is an authorized road passable by 4 x 4 type vehicles which we share the countryside with (we have no axe to grind )

I kept stopping going up this hill cos I was tired(it takes a Man to admit it)

A cold breezy but sunny day after considerable rainfall.We have done this walk before from Farthing Common on Stone Street north of Folkestone.A hilly and at times muddy walk passing Postling and then on to the microwave tower at Tolsford hill.Not as many antennae as there used to be,maybe they have gone over  to satellite.Its part of the Elham Valley walk,which roughly follows the course of the Folkestone to canterbury disused rail line (in places)It was very enjoyable owing to the sunshine which topped up our vitamin D deficiency
4 of us 5.5 miles sunny cold.(and muddy) 
Next week Charing Westwell,Charing airfield etc.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Norton ash to Sittingbourne

Following a long holiday break we decided on a shortish flattish walk in the locale.We RV @ Sittingbourne and caught the 333 bus to Norton and made our way off Watling street(the Roman M1)on to a footpath by a car dealers.
(Discovery 07 plate  only £15K what a depreciation )the path was riddled with rabbit holes,so we will know where to come when food gets scarce.In to Lewson street hamlet,then up though the lane to Tickham.At Loyerton we crossed the field to Lynsted where we met a nice retired couple(yes you)whose driveway was the public footpath.We had our coffee sitting in the church porch (it having connections with Queen Elizabeth ,King Charles II,and various other notables.)The church was locked so we couldn't have a nose.
After lynsted to Rodmersham passing Och Eye's house and a Sparrowhawk,then across the orchards to the environs of Sittingbourne proper,where I remarked to a lady lifting up her dogs business from the grass,and she retorted that it "was for her husbands dinner and I hope it******* poisons him"You never know who you are going to meet.

Back home, cold 3C cold wind 4 of us 6 miles.
Jean Pierre I have emailed you info as requested.