Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Todays mystery tour began at Hollingbourne. For some of us the rendezvous point was the church but for ‘one of our number’ it was the Dirty Habit pub. The confusion led to a delay in our start which was further hampered when the same ‘one of our number’ revealed that he had forgotten his boots. With comments such as ‘what the heck!’ we set off for the Dirty Habit. We followed the North Downs Way eastward until we hit the track uphill through High Wood and Salisbury Wood. Crossing Ringlestone Road we continued on the track called Drakes Lane. We remained on the planned route past the World War2 bolt hole built for Churchill’s Secret Army. Well hidden, the signs of telecommunications which were evident on the trees on our last visit appear to have been removed. Sadly the path is well used by off roaders. As a result of their activities, it appears that the meeting point for these vehicles has created a lake of mud. At this point instead of taking the left hand path as planned we carried on. Further along the path the same ‘one of our number’ ended up by washing his sock to the mud when his shoe got stuck in the quagmire. A little further on a log was found which enabled us to take luncheon. This included a tasty piece of bread pudding and allowed the ‘senior’ member of the group to recover from his attempt to perform gymnastics in the undergrowth. Continuing along the path we eventually emerged at Bedmonton Manor Farm. Turning right we headed towards Bedmonton before taking a footpath northwards towards the Warren and the miniature railway. Upon reaching the road outside the Warren we realised the error we had made and headed back to Hollingbourne along the road without any further mishap.

The trip took four of us three and a quarter hours and covered 7.5 miles, arriving back just before the rain began.

View south from part the way up Hollingbourne Hill

Entrance to secret WW2 bunker

Vent from secret WW2 bunker

Exit from WW" "secret bunker"

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Rough Common

Six of us met up on an overcast day at Blean Nature Reserve at Rough Common .
We entered the reserve and basically not having a clear plan of any route followed various tracks , there is not a lot to report as the weather was overcast and the woods had lost that winter glow and there was no sign of the spring to come
The tracks were on the muddy side following the recent rain and churned up but many horse tracks , we eventually came to Blean Common where we had to find someone to confirm the best way back to the RV point
About 3 1/2 hrs of hard walking left some of us rather tired

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Medway Towpath bike ride.

Just two of us on a foggy cold morning,meeting in Aylesford car park,then along to the timber yard and the towpath to the Malta Inn .From there a good ride into town,with evidence of the flood water being
about 4 feet above the path.Arriving at maidstone town centre we made for the ARTS cafe
in Market Buildings for a tryout,and found the ambience,tea,and bacon sandwiches to be top notch.
Then the sun came out,so we looked at the human treadmill at the back of the museum in Brenchly Gardens then back to The Malta and Aylesford.
The Malta Inn

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

LINTON Rectangular Walk.

RV@ Linton church and west along the ridge,and then up to heath road and across to Gordon Lane.
Down into Loose which was recovering from the excessive rainfall.We stopped by the Chequers for our coffee break and then along to Boughton Quarry,where the footpath was closed owing to subsidence.
After some muttering we decided to brave it and carried on through the mud and water.
Further along the path was again close owing to water about a foot deep,again we carried on.
At Brishing lane we really had no option but to divert and we trespassed through the farm where my
fluency in Polish was a great help.At the Cock Inn we crossed and made our muddy way to Boughton Mon church where we watched multipe buzzards and Deer.Then back along the ridge to the car park.
Maybe 7 or 8 miles? 6 of us stalwarts.Lots of mud to scrape off.
There might be some pictures later if you fold your arms and sit up straight-OK?
Climbed over this stuff a few times,wonder what it means?

This is a closed footpath

This is another closed footpath

The Boughton Monchelsea park with Deer and Buzzards.