Paleolithic rock shelter.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Sorry readers due a load of reasons and the lack of planning there was no walk planned in time this week Consequently only 3 walkers met up in Borden for a slow amble to Bredgar where they stopped for tea then back to Borden partaking of a bit of blackberry picking on the way .Sorry to say the 3ramblers were not that organised on no one took a camera
Next week Doddington and fingers crossed there will be a few plumbs left on the trees

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Heysden Country Park To Penshurst and beyond

No ramblers this week,so the cyclists are filling in.
RV@ the above country park,where our friendy ranger was on holiday,and after I had bought her doughnuts on the way over.
We set off on the approved cycle route which is mostly flat with a few long drawn out hills.A very pleasant morning after a tea at the Park.Through the woods and we arrived at Penshurst Place and had tea at the Cafe.(wasp infested).We went as far as poss to Hever,before the footpath had anti-cycle obstacles,where we turned back.We did about 15 miles .
Her are some pix.A very nice day out.(just 3 of us)

Right,how best to embarrass Rachel?Well this should fit the bill nicely,lets hope she never sees it .

Doesn't this look inviting?

OK we've been spotted by these Charolais Bullocks

Xfiles type scenario with UFO above

There's Penshurst Place where whatshername came from(or went to)was it Scarlett Johanssen

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Samphire Ho

Capel Court Park to Samphire Hoe
Todays walk started from the Cliff Top Cafe at Capel Court Park. Two members, having arrived early to savour a breakfast were dismayed to find that the cafe opened at 10.00 am. The weather was perfect and the wait for the cafe to open was spent gazing out to sea taking in views of Folkestone and Dungeness. The cafe opened and whilst enjoying a sausage baguette we were joined by a couple who were talking to someone on the phone out in the channel. They were the parents of Adrian Radford who were being advised by someone in the support boat that their son was at that time four hours away from Calais having started a cross channel swim at midnight. He was raising money for Bibic.  Bibic is a national children's charity which helps children with disabilities and learning difficulties. So far he has raised over £5600 through the Just Giving web site. His parents were from welsh valleys which went down well with our very own welsh mountain goat who had by then arrived and was taking a ‘snap’ for them.
Finishing our breakfast and leaving the proud parents at the cafe we descended the cliff via the Eagles Nest and crossed the railway onto the foreshore. The descent is steep and hard on the knees.  The path eastward towards Dover is now showing signs of serious decay and there were workmen making repairs. The path eventually peters out onto the beach where the shingle underfoot is difficult. The route is along the beach for about a mile. At the base of the cliff near to Lydden Spout is a shack which, somewhat surprisingly, is currently inhabited. It must be grim living there in the winter storms.  Reaching Samphire Hoe Country Park, a leisurely lunch was taken enhanced this week by a ginger cake.
Following the main foreland path we reached the Samphire Hoe car park where a further break was taken in order to enjoy an ice cream. As most would not consider Samphire Hoe the greatest British tourist attraction, it was therefore surprising to see that a coach of tourists had either taken a wrong turn or had come to see something on the Hoe we had all missed. Taking the tunnel uphill towards the A20 we emerged at the main road on Round Down. Turning back towards Folkestone we joined the North Downs Way at the base of the hill covering the railway line. The North Downs Way doubles up with the Saxon Shore Way.  It was at this point that a strong gust of wind blew the stylish, feathered hat off the head of our revered senior member. For those who avidly follow this blog, you will recall our speculating on what he might lose or forget on this week’s walk. The hat which rolled back down the hill might well have been lost forever but for the quick thinking and lightening speed of the youngest member of the group who chased back down the hill in pursuit. Having retrieved the offending hat and returned it to its owner it was observed that it was now devoid of feathers. Clearly this week’s loss was feathers!
At the top of the hill are a number of old dilapidated army buildings. Clambering up to survey the inside of one of the bunkers, one of our number missed his footing and hit is knee on the lip of a concrete slab. Great concern was shown by the members of the group. It was unclear which caused the greater concern – the blooded knee or the torn trousers. Either way no offers of first aid or running repairs on the trousers were forthcoming! Pressing on we passed the concrete parabolic mirror on the side of the path at Abbots Cliff. Sound mirrors were built in the 1920s to detect the sound of approaching enemy aircraft engines. Skirting the hotel at the top of the hill we eventually reached a series of benches where there are spectacular views of France – even the high rise buildings can be seen. We then returned to the cafe and a welcome cup of tea.
Six walkers covered the 6.5 miles

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Bluebell Hill

7th Aug 2013
The rendezvous point for todays walk was the car park at Bluebell Hill.  A prompt start was necessary as the temperature was several degrees lower than it had been over the past week or so. The views were a little hazy due to the overcast conditions but clear enough to see that we were about to embark on a serious downhill walk. Following the North Downs Way alongside the A229, the descent was about a mile until we passed Kits Coty. Coty means house and it is thought to be the resting place of an Iron Age chieftain. The site however probably dates back 5,000 years. Continuing downhill we arrived at the Pilgrims Way. Taking a left hand footpath in an easterly direction we came to a narrow pathway south. This track was overgrown and at two points presented a problem. The first was a traffic jam when twenty of our German cousins came towards us. They were shortly followed by two horses and their riders requiring us to dive into the hedgerow in order to enable them to pass. The path then joined Pratling Street which we took for a further half mile. Beyond Little Cossington Farm there is a footpath which cuts off a corner of the road and eventually leads to the Aylesford Road. When we arrived at Bull Lane we turned right through the village.
It was disappointing to see that the Little Gem public house was up for sale. The pub dates back to 1106 and is a Grade 2 listed building. It was one of the smallest pubs in Kent if not the smallest. We took a small diversion to look at the bridge over the Medway where the tide was out. The medieval bridge was built in 1250. Returning to Bull Lane we headed up the narrow roadway controlled by traffic lights in order to allow one-way traffic towards Aylesford Priory. We took our lunch break within the grounds of the priory where there was an abundance of geese and other water fowl. There was clear evidence that one of the geese had fallen ‘foul’ of a sparrow hawk with the debris of feathers. Having unpacked lunches it became clear that one of our number was ‘lunchless’. Appealing to our better natures we succumbed to his appeals and lunch was shared. It was at this point that concerns started to be raised about the return journey. Having made a descent from the starting point it was obvious that we were going to need to ascend an equal distance. Preparing for the return and having gathered our belongings together, the ‘lunchless’ member uncovered his missing packed lunch. For those that follow our travels on this blog it will come as no surprise to learn that this was the same member who had forgotten his walking boots last week. The assembled masses can hardly wait for next week to find out what will have been forgotten or lost.

Returning toward the village and taking the high path towards the church we took the footpath before the cemetery towards Bluebell Hill. This passes by several sand quarries which have now filled up with water. One of the quarries, however, still appears to be in use. The path joins the upper Aylesford road and looks down on the road we had walked on to enter the village. We then joined the Centenary Walk. Blocking the path was an ambulance with an eye hanging out. Coming towards us were two paramedics and a groggy looking patient. Fortunately it did not look to be a serious accident and we were able to advise the grateful paramedics that one of their headlights was hanging out of the ambulance.  We then passed an established vineyard and two fields which appear to be young vineyards being prepared for next year. The observant member from Broadstairs was impressively able to identify the vines being grown as Chardonney. It was only at the end of the vineyard that it became obvious that his insight had been made possible because the posts holding the vines were labelled ‘Chard’! The vineyard is the second of two vineyards owned by Chapel Down, the other being at Tenterden.
 Original Chatham to Maidstone Rd

 Kits Coty with others of the same age

 Aylesford Village
 River Medway From The Aylesford Bridge

 Aylesford Bridge

 Aylesford Priory

 Another View Of Aylesford

 This Hill got Steeper and went on forever
 Views From Picnic area Bluebell Hill The Start and Finish Point
 Following by JC

 Aylesford Priory