Todays walk was a familiar one through the village of Loose. We met in the car park attached to the parish church of Linton, St Nicholas. Our start was slightly delayed upon the realisation that the senior member of the group had forgotten his walking boots – again! Following a brief conversation with another walking grouping intending to walk in the same area we set off. Leaving the car park and crossing the A229 we joined the Greensand Way and passed through an apple orchard. After crossing Vanity Lane and continuing for a couple of hundred yards we turned north towards Coxheath. Passing Clock House Farm we came out on Heath Road before turning right. We were looking for a path that would take us north to Loose. It was overgrown and the only alternative was to skirt round the path by entering the orchard. At the end of the orchard the path became clearer and rejoining it, we eventually reached the village of Loose.
Loose is a very attractive village with the river Loose running through it. The village and the river form the Loose Valley Conservation Area. Flitting along the banks of the river we saw a yellow wagtail. Crossing the river there is a field with a couple of benches where lunch was taken.
Returning to the village we set off under the A229. Taking a familiar path that travels through the conservation area we were surprised to find that it had become overgrown since our last visit. At one point a steep muddy slope led to an interesting mountaineering adventure. The path eventually comes out in the village of The Quarries which was once quarried by the Romans. Passing through the village we joined a further path leads towards a ‘strawberry’ orchard. This path was again overgrown and the slope presented a challenge which led to an embarrassment for our senior walker captured by our photographer.
Passing through the orchard which also had a field of hazel nut trees, we emerged on the Plough-Wents Road by Iden Farm. Heading westwards we crossed the road to take Park Lane and entered Tilts Wood. The path through the wood eventually rejoins the Green Sand Way which provided the return journey to the carpark. Along the path we passed Boughton Monchelsea. Place. This is an Elizabethan stone manor house set in a deer park and next to the church of St Peter. The church was locked although the churchyard which must surely be one of the most visited churchyards in the country provides a spectacular view over the deer park. Here we encountered the walking group that were in the car park at the start of the walk. We took a rest and enjoyed the view over the park. Concern was expressed about the senior member of the group who appeared to have fallen asleep mainly because there were already others within the graveyard who had fallen asleep in the past and were now buried there. The Fuji moment was again captured by our ever vigilant photographer.
Crossing the road and and taking the Green Sand Way we passed through a pear orchard (conference pears) and an apple orchard (bramley cookers) we came round the back of Linton Park. This is a grade 1 listed building that was built in 1749 and is now a corporate headquarters. The back of the building is almost as interesting as the front! Continuing along the path we eventually returned to the car park where we resisted the temptation to join the other walking group who were by now enjoying tea and cake.
There were four walkers who completed the seven mile walk
All photos by JC