Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Camer Luddesdown

As you can see this is steep and slippery

This was lurking in the woods
The cycling section on their mounts.
This week the group was swelled by the mass ranks of cyclists who, seeking a break from the biting winds of the past few weeks, enjoyed the dubious pleasure of mud baths and paddling pools on today’s walk. The walk began from Camer Park. Those who were early savoured the delights of the cooked fare on offer at Daff’s caff.  Upon arrival of the stragglers, the group of eight walked through the park before joining the Wealdway. Following the Wealdway along the side of Henley Wood, the route eventually reaches Luddesdon Court and the memorial. Luddesdon is the joining of the two valleys crossed through the walk. At Luddesdon Church we left the Wealdway and joined the path which led up through a muddy, woodland track to the Gag Plantation. The path eventually meets the North Downs Way.
At this point a suitable seating area was found for an early lunch. It was remarked that the seating, which consisted of freshly felled logs, was excellent -  much welcomed by those who had not found the previous hill or the subsequent, extremely muddy pathway/swimming pool to their liking. Rather than continue along the North Downs Way the path leads down a challenging, steep slope to Great Buckmore Farm. The path, which would otherwise have been a ski slope, has been greatly improved by an aggregate base laid within the last year.
Crossing Wranging Lane and on to Lockyers Hill, another hill looms up towards the skyline. The road is marked with a 25% gradient! The path off the hill is just as steep but was made slightly easier by a series of steep steps. At the top, a lengthy rest was in order to recover from the resulting exhaustion. Striking out across a field of horses the path reaches two extremely interesting buildings. One of these is a very large, old barn and the other is the half timbered ‘cottage’ of Coombe Hill Farm. The lane between the two buildings leads onto a path which veers down to the next valley towards Dene Manor and a tennis court. At the bottom of the valley a winding path through a copse leads up another hill to join four other paths. Unfortunately the views were not very clear but looking back it was possible to see the two valleys crossed during todays walk as well as Luddesdon.
Taking the path down the hill towards Camer, it is necessary to cross a field which was today populated by a number of hostile looking bullocks. A less courageous group of hikers might have been deterred by the interest that they showed in the party but a few ‘strong’ words from the more vociferous members of the group sent the cattle packing. Reaching the top of the hill the path rejoins the Wealdway and returns to Camer Park where a cup of tea was enjoyed by all.
The walk took three and a quarter hours and was five miles in length. It is an adaptation of Walk 15 from Pub Walks in Kent,  starting from Camer Park rather than the Cock Inn in Henley Street.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:40 PM

    An excellent narrative. Has Charles Dickens joined your rambles ?
    Look forward to more of these reports.