Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chartham and River Stour

First a message to the lovely lady Wendy from the land of the upside down people . Hope you enjoyed your visit to the UK , Paris and loads of other places
On a slightly misty morning six of us met up in the car park at Chartham but got concerned on the sign that hinted we could be clamped , and knowing how painful that is we sent our ex head master to the local store to find out what the parking rules were . He eventually came back with very little information but eating a sausage roll that was massive . Taking the hint 2 members were dispatched to buy everyone one , which they did with good grace .
Suitably fed we set off along side the river Stour , by now the sun had come out and we could not think of any where we would rather be .
We followed the river until the footpath dictated we crossed over the busy A28 heading North towards the A2 .  We soon got away from the road following the footpath through a large fruit farm along side fishing lakes
Following the Stour Valley Way heading in the direction of the A2 until it met the North Downs Way .
Entering a large wooded area we found a few stumps that made good seats for our tea break . Interesting in this area as goats are allowed to graze and it was very clear where they had eaten away at the tree trunks .
After a suitable break we carried on the NDW through Chartham Hatch and back into Chartham where we all enjoyed a ice cream brought by our ex head master
Really great walk with brilliant weather and company
 Chartham Church Start Of Walk 

 Rivor Stour at Chartham 

 JC our Expert Photographer 

 Note Where Goats Have Eaten Bark 

 No Idea 

 River Stour At Chartham On Return Leg

 Spring Is Here 


 For GP Note Roman Tiles 

Following Photos By JC 

Thursday, April 18, 2013


17 April 2013
The meeting point for todays walk was the carpark at the viewing point on Farthing Common off the B2068. Leaving the carpark the route followed the edge of the common towards Lyminge for about 100m before joining the North Downs Way. From the top of the Downs the views towards the south are spectacular but were unfortunately shrouded in mist. The route following the North Downs Way the route takes a sharp decline before a steep ascent to achieve the same height. Early in the walk an executive decision was taken to preserve energy by skirting around the edge of the bowl rather than imitating the sheep which have grazed the hillside. Their grazing has created a number of false terraces. At the other side of the bowl the path crosses a number of fields with some newly born lambs. At this point, looking towards the coast a small plane was building up enough courage to take off from a grass field below. A warm up circle produced some interesting sound wave effects but eventually the pilot decided to take off. Within five minutes he was back down on the ground!
Continuing the path the route reaches Staples Farm before moving off towards the Swingfield (Tolford Hill) radio station. On reaching the radio station the village of Etchinghill can be seen below and can be reached by continuing along the North Downs Way. However at this point we took the Saxon Shore Way and the Elham Valley Way. The trig point on MOD land indicated that we had reached the highest point of our walk 181m high. Eventually the path begins to decend through a wooded area which seemed an appropriate point to break for lunch.

At the bottom of the hill we deviated from the Saxon Shore Way to take a bridle path round Tolsford Hill towards Tolsford Plantation where the primroses were numerous. Upon reaching the main road the route crossed over to take Cuckoo Lane where there were some more new born lambs. One of the houses on the route had a small stall outside selling a range of home grown produce. Following a generous offer from Gordon to sub out those without small change, the stall was left short of a couple of bundles of rhubarb and a jar of honey. Postling is a very pleasant village with some interesting houses and church. At the end of the village the route reaches the Pilgrims Way. At this point we took a side path to lead back to the bowl and to rise up to the North Downs Way again. John, who had in a previous existence been a Welsh mountain goat, took the more adventurous route and rejoined the route ahead of the rest of the group who had taken the easier but longer and windier journey to the top. The mist had by now cleared and the views were much clearer. It was possible to see the lighthouse at Dungeness. Retracing our steps from the early part of the walk we reached the car park at about 1.00pm

Five of the usual suspects took part in the 6.5m walk.

Note this week I was stuck in the dentist so all photos by JC and for some reason cannot alter the size Will have a try later