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Otford in the rain

With a storm threatening and the certainty that there would be rain, clouds and wind as a prelude we set off for Otford, a place we have intended to visit in the past.  We arrived  under cloud and rain, parked … Continue reading

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Village on the hill – Egerton

We rolled up at The George, parked, apologised and threatened to return for a lunch, spoke to a local who suggested some walks and doddered off.  The first encounter was with a local man and his cat.  He told us … Continue reading

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Meopham Green – too early for cricket

Meopham is not far from Camar Country park, and is within walking distance of Trosley park and within easy driving distance of the Darent Valley. However, Meopham is one of those stations on the Southern line which you can pass through without thinking anymore about the place except that you are either closer to London or further away. Continue reading

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Famous Folly in Farningham

Although it was cold we had a pleasant walk along the river and discussed paying another visit later in the year to explore further downstream until perhaps we meet too much urban sprawl and give up. Continue reading

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Looking at Local Lakes in Leybourne

The lakes have a water sport facility that does not include motorised boats offering board sailing, kayaking, swimming and scuba diving. Gravel pits may not be the best but the park is a pleasant place set in what was once a dull and dreary region dominated by a cement works and scruffy industrial plots. They are still there but on my visit I was barely aware of them. Continue reading

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Womenswold – a Happy Hamlet

The current weather, in this devastating drought we are suffering, is not the best for the NGS gardens but the stalwarts arrive and enjoy. You do not need to be an anorak to love these places but it helps to wear one in case it persists down. And at one house serving teas the enthusiastic owner was busy. She and her husband have made a pleasant garden with flowers, shrubs and fruit bushes with little hideaways for the temporary recluse. And cake. Which is where we had a piece of cake each and a cup of tea. Wonderful home made cake. Continue reading

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Goodnestone a Gem on a Gorgeous Day

Little gems such as Goodnestone are a wonderful respite from the urban areas of the sprawling Medway Towns, Dartford and Gravesend and the awful industrialisation of the Thanet coastal towns. The Spring foliage is green and bright, looking new and fresh in the sunlight and everywhere we looked the views were stunning. Birds were busy in the trees and that adds to the pleasure of the walk. Continue reading

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