Week 72 – Thurnham to Chertsey

Wednesday 12th to Tuesday 18th February 2020

Thurnham to Lenham 9.58 miles
Lenham to Wye 11.38 miles
Wye to Canterbury 13.01 miles
Kingston upon Thames to Chertsey 11.96 miles

Total miles this week 45.93 miles

Total miles to date 2917.63

 

A stairway to nothing. Thurnham to Lenham

 

Thurnham to Lenham

 

A wood carving of a shepherd with lamb, symbolising the influence of people on the landscape. For thousands of years people have made their homes on the spring-line at the foot of the scarp and their livestock, especially sheep, grazing the chalk hills has kept it free of scrub and led to the mix of grassland and woodland we see today. Thurnham to Lenham.

 

Thurnham to Lenham

 

Thurnham to Lenham

 

On the edge of Lenham was a chalk cross on the hill which commemorates the dead of 2 world wars.

 

This tiny old building in Lenham was built in the mid 18th century as the workhouse mortuary. It was then used as the parish gaol in the late 19th century, and finally as an air raid shelter (suitably reinforced) in the mid 20th century.

 

Lenham

 

Lenham to Wye

 

Lenham to Wye

 

Unidentified sunken object. Lenham to Wye.

 

Lenham to Wye

 

Lenham to Wye

 

Lenham to Wye

 

Orchard. Lenham to Wye.

 

St Gregory and St Martin’s church, Wye

 

Wye to Canterbury

 

Wye to Canterbury

 

Wye to Canterbury

 

Wye to Canterbury. This old phone box in Chartham is now a village book swap.

 

Rustic bench on cycle route 18 alongside the Great Stour river, Wye to Canterbury

 

Storm damaged trees. Wye to Canterbury.

 

Whitehall Meadows nature reserve, Canterbury.

 

Carved picnic area. I love the territorial Coots and the water vole on the table 🙂

 

Viaduct at Whitehall Meadows nature reserve, Canterbury

 

Beneath a road bridge, Canterbury

 

Canterbury

 

Westgate Gardens, Canterbury, with the site of the Roman Watling Street

 

Westgate Gardens, Canterbury

 

Westgate Gardens, Canterbury

 

Tower House, a medieval bastion constructed to defend Canterbury’s city wall.

 

Westgate, Canterbury

 

Statue of Geoffrey Chaucer at Canterbury.

 

Old building in Canterbury. The lower section is dated AD 1573 and the upper was added in 1698.

 

Canterbury cathedral

 

Ceiling detail, Canterbury cathedral

 

Window detail, Canterbury cathedral

 

Flooded Thames Path National Trail, Kingston upon Thames to Chertsey

 

Kingston upon Thames to Chertsey

 

Detail of Hampton Court Palace gate, Kingston upon Thames to Chertsey

 

Hampton Court Palace, Kingston upon Thames to Chertsey

 

Hampton Court Palace, Kingston upon Thames to Chertsey

 

Kingston upon Thames to Chertsey

 

Kingston upon Thames to Chertsey

 

Kingston upon Thames to Chertsey

 

 

Week 71 – Great Buckland to Thurnham

Wednesday 5th to Tuesday 11th February 2020

Great Buckland/Holly Hill to Rochester  9.47 miles
Rochester to Thurnham 10.4 miles

Total miles this week 19.87 miles

Total miles to date 2871.7 miles

 

Upper Bush, Great Buckland/Holly Hill to Rochester

 

Great Buckland/Holly Hill to Rochester

 

Way marker at Upper Bush. Great Buckland/Holly Hill to Rochester

 

Marker outside English Heritage’s 13th century Temple Manor (which was built by the Knights Templar) in Strood near Rochester

 

Rochester Bridge

 

The Catalpa tree outside Rochester cathedral. It’s over 100 years old.

 

Detail on the door of Rochester cathedral

 

Rochester cathedral

 

Entrance to Rochester castle gardens

 

Where the channel tunnel line briefly emerges. Rochester to Thurnham.

 

Wood carved figure. Rochester to Thurnham

 

Lunch stop on a carved bench overlooking a vineyard. Rochester to Thurnham.

 

At Detling I crossed the busy A249 using Jade’s Crossing. This bridge is named after 8 year old Jade Hobbs who, along with her grandmother Margaret Kuwertz, was killed attempting to cross the road in December 2000. It’s a busy dual carriageway which divides Detling and has very few safe places to cross; numerous people had been killed or injured on this road over the years. After this tragedy, the Hobbs family set up a charity for donations, raising £75,000 towards constructing the footbridge, which was opened in August 2002. 

Rochester to Thurnham.

 

Rochester to Thurnham

 

Week 70 – Caterham to Great Buckland

Wednesday 29th January to Tuesday 4th February 2020

Caterham to Westerham 7.9 miles
Westerham to Otford Manor, Sevenoaks 10.46 miles
Otford Manor, Sevenoaks to Great Buckland 11.31 miles

Total miles this week 29.67 miles

Total miles to date 2851.83

 

Caterham to Westerham

 

Rather muddy from Caterham to Westerham. Spot the deer tracks.

 

Caterham to Westerham

 

Caterham to Westerham

 

Caterham to Westerham

 

Caterham to Westerham

 

Westerham to Otford Manor

 

Westerham to Otford Manor

 

Westerham to Otford Manor

 

The Otford millennium mosaic by Oliver Budd

 

The Otford millennium mosaic by Oliver Budd

 

Otford duck pond

 

Otford Manor, Sevenoaks to Great Buckland

 

Otford Manor, Sevenoaks to Great Buckland

 

Otford Manor, Sevenoaks to Great Buckland

 

Otford Manor, Sevenoaks to Great Buckland

 

Trosley Country Park. Otford Manor, Sevenoaks to Great Buckland

 

Otford Manor, Sevenoaks to Great Buckland

Week 69 – Merstham to Caterham

Wednesday 22nd to Tuesday 28th January 2020

Merstham to Caterham 4.94 miles

Total miles this week 4.94

Total miles to date 2822.16

Oh no!

 

The ruins of Whitehill Tower in the grounds of Tower Farm. “It was built in 1862 by local man Jeremiah Long, supposedly (according to one source) because he wanted to see the sea from the top if it”. I wonder if he ever did. Maybe, as it’s 750ft above sea level.

 

 

 

Week 68 – Dorking to Merstham

Wednesday 15th to Tuesday 21st January 2020

Dorking to Betchworth 5.39 miles
Betchworth to Merstham 7.19 miles

Total miles this week 12.58

Total miles to date 2817.22

 

St Barnabas Church, AKA “The Church on the North Downs Way”. It was erected in 1859 in Gothic revival style, 700ft up on Ranmore Common, Dorking, and was the estate church for Denbies.

 

Denbies vineyard (the largest in England), Dorking

 

Dorking to Betchworth

 

Dorking to Betchworth

 

Dorking to Betchworth

 

Brockham Limeworks near Betchworth

 

Betchworth to Merstham

 

Betchworth to Merstham

 

The Inglis Memorial on Colley Hill, Reigate. It was donated to the Borough of Reigate in 1909 by Lieutenant Colonel Sir Robert William Inglis. Originally a drinking fountain for horses at the top of the original main route over Reigate Hill. Now a scenic place for ramblers to rest. Betchworth to Merstham.

 

The ceiling of the Inglis Memorial

 

View from the Inglis Memorial, Colley Hill, Reigate

 

A memorial for a World War Two American aircraft crew who died when their B17(G) aircraft, a “flying fortress”, crashed 70 years ago on Reigate Hill. The memorial consists of 2 oak benches carved to resemble the wing tips and placed exactly the distance apart that they would’ve been on the plane.

 

Reigate Fort, built in 1898 as part of an effort to defend the approaches to London from the perceived threat of a French invasion. It was intended as a “Mobilisation Centre” to gather troops and supplies for the defence of the North Downs, rather than a regular defensive structure, and by 1906 the Government felt it was no longer needed.
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Betchworth to Merstham

 

 

Week 67 – Guildford to Dorking

Wednesday 8th to Tuesday 14th January 2020
Due to having a cold I took things easy and kept my mileage low to not stress my body further

Guildford to Shere 5.84 miles
Shere to Dorking 7.5 miles

Total miles this period 13.34

Total miles to date 2804.64

 

Guildford to Shere

 

Guildford to Shere

 

Top of the hill on the North Downs Way National Trail. Guildford.

 

Guildford to Shere

 

Guildford to Shere

 

Shere

 

Shere to Dorking

 

Beggars Lane, Abinger Hammer. Shere to Dorking.

 

Shere to Dorking

 

Shere to Dorking

 

One of 3 old fence posts with a decorative top along the North Downs Way. Shere to Dorking.

 

The 2 fibreglass, painted cows at Denbies vineyard Dorking. Originally from the Surrey Hills Cow Parade, a collection of 60 sited across the Surrey Hills AONB in the summer of 2016 and subsequently auctioned off for charity.

Week 63 to 66 – Christmas and New Year break

During my R&R break I spent 2 days in the Lake DIstrict before heading back to Surrey

Week 63 – Wednesday 11th to Tuesday 17th December 2019
Week 64 – Wednesday 18th to Tuesday 24th December 2019
Week 65 – Wednesday 25th to Tuesday 31st December 2019
Week 66 – Wednesday 1st to Tuesday 7th January 2020

Total miles this period 5.5

Total miles to date 2791.3

 

Buttermere to Crummock Water. The Lake District, Cumbria

 

Crummock Water. The Lake District, Cumbria

 

Crummock Water. The Lake District, Cumbria

 

St James Church, Buttermere. The Lake District, Cumbria

 

A memorial to Wainwright in St James Church, Buttermere

 

The wrought iron ‘Shepherd’s Gate’, at the entry to St James Church, Buttermere

 

Buttermere, Cumbria

 

Buttermere to Borrowdale

 

Part of Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick, “one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain, and is the most visited stone circle in Cumbria”

 

Box Hill in Surrey

 

View from Box Hill walk in Surrey

 

Box Hill in Surrey

 

Moss at Box Hill in Surrey

Week 62 – Salisbury to Guildford

Wednesday 4th to Tuesday 10th December 2019

Salisbury to Broughton (Clarendon Way)  12.71 miles
Broughton to Winchester (Clarendon Way)  13.08 miles
Winchester to Alresford (Pilgrims Way/North Downs Way)  10.74 miles
Alresford to Alton (Pilgrims Way/North Downs Way)  13.60 miles
Alton to Farnham (Pilgrims Way/North Downs Way)  13.03 miles
Farnham to Guildford (Pilgrims Way/North Downs Way)  10.92 miles

Total miles this week 74.08

Total miles to date 2785.77

 

The wooden ram above the shop just outside the High Street Gate dates from the shop’s former use, Stonehenge Woollen Industries. It was set up in the early C20th by Catherine Lovibond, with the aim of regenerating the rural economy. The firm continued in business until 1959.

 

Elisabeth Frink’s Walking Madonna (1981), Salisbury Cathedral

 

Detail from Salisbury cathedral

 

Salisbury cathedral

 

The mural, by artist Fred Fieber, under the flyover of the Ring Road, Salisbury. It was painted in 2011 and represents some of the local characters, buildings and businesses that were there before the Milford Street Bridge and Ring Road were built in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

 

Another part of the mural, by artist Fred Fieber, under the flyover of the Ring Road, Salisbury. No. 88 Milford Street was destroyed to make way for the Milford Street Bridge and the Ring Road. This action also destroyed a thriving local community, many shops, businesses, buildings and the lives of many who lived there.

 

Salisbury to Broughton

 

Salisbury to Broughton

 

Salisbury to Broughton

 

Salisbury to Broughton

 

Salisbury to Broughton

 

Detail from the Broughton village sign

 

River Test, Broughton to Winchester

 

Broughton to Winchester

 

Broughton to Winchester

 

Monument to “Beware Chalk Pit”, Farley Mount. This horse was named after surviving a 25ft deep fall into a chalk pit whilst out fox-hunting in 1733 then carrying its owner to a racing victory a year later. Broughton to Winchester.

 

Broughton to Winchester

 

Broughton to Winchester

 

Winchester

 

The statue of King Alfred (Alfred the Great) at the bottom of The Broadway, Winchester. Alfred ruled Wessex from Winchester and his reign (871-899) marked the beginnings of a kingdom of England. He prevented England from falling to the Danes and promoted learning and literacy.

 

Winchester cathedral

 

Painted bollards, Winchester

 

Winchester

 

Winchester to Alresford

 

Church at Kings Worthy. Winchester to Alresford

 

Watercress beds, Alresford

 

Alresford to Alton

 

Alresford to Alton

 

Alresford to Alton

 

Jane Austen’s house, Alton

 

Celebrating 100 years if Lions Clubs. “Lions are ordinary people who do extraordinary things to help others and support good causes”. I’ve had positive dealings with them during my journey 🙂 

Alton

 

Holybourne church. Alton to Farnham

 

Alton to Farnham

 

Alton to Farnham

 

One of the sculptures at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham

 

Start/end of the North Downs Way, Farnham

 

Farnham to Guildford

 

Farnham to Guildford

 

Farnham to Guildford

 

Farnham to Guildford

 

Farnham to Guildford

 

Week 61 – Avebury to Warminster

Wednesday 27th November to Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Avebury to Bromham 12.5 miles
Devizes to Trowbridge 10.63 miles
Bath to Trowbridge 12 miles
Warminster to Westbury 8.58 miles

Total miles this week 43.71

Total miles to date 2711.69

 

Avebury to Bromham

 

Avebury to Bromham

 

Avebury to Bromham

 

Caen Hill Locks (C 1810), on the Kennet and Avon canal near Devizes

 

Kennet and Avon canal near Devizes

 

Kennet and Avon canal near Devizes

 

Kennet and Avon canal, Devizes to Trowbridge

 

Bath

 

Door panel, Bath Abbey

 

Bath

 

Bath to Trowbridge

 

Dundas Aqueduct, Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath to Trowbridge

 

Bath to Trowbridge

 

Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath to Trowbridge

 

Imber Range Perimeter Path/Wessex Ridgeway. Warminster to Westbury

 

Imber Range Perimeter Path/Wessex Ridgeway. Warminster to Westbury

 

Westbury White Horse. No longer chalk, now concreted

 

The view from the Westbury White Horse’s ear

 

Bitham Mill, Westbury

 

 

Week 60 – Pershore to Swindon

Wednesday 20th to Tuesday 26th November 2019

Due to problems with diversions caused by flooding my walks were cut short on some days

Pershore to Evesham 9.29 miles
Evesham to Beckford, Tewkesbury 7.38 miles
Walk around Tewkesbury 5.31 miles
Gloucester to Painswick, Stroud 6.84 miles
Stroud to Cirencester 10 miles
Siddington, Cirencester to Ashton Keynes, Swindon 8.57 miles

Total miles this week 47.39

Total miles to date 2667.98

 

Pershore to Evesham

 

Pershore to Evesham

 

Charlton. Pershore to Evesham

 

Charlton. Pershore to Evesham

 

River Severn at Evesham

 

Evesham abbey

 

The statue in the Market Place, Evesham, depicting the 8th century swineherd Eof (or Eoves). Legend had it that he saw an apparition of the virgin Mary in the trees and this was interpreted as the place where an abbey should be built. It’s also how Evesham got its name, Eoveshomme (Evesham)

 

Ashton under Hill. Evesham to Beckford, Tewkesbury

 

Ponies at Beckford near Tewkesbury

 

Tewkesbury abbey

 

Tewkesbury abbey

 

Tewkesbury

 

Tewkesbury

 

The now closed Healings flour mill in Tewkesbury, which dates back to 1865 and produced flour for over 150 years.

 

Touching Souls by Mico Kaufman, outside Tewkesbury abbey. It’s an exact replica of the same sculpture in Tewkesbury, Massachusetts, and shows 4 children – native American, European American, African American and Asian American.

 

Robinswood Hill Country Park, Gloucester

 

Robinswood Hill Country Park, Gloucester. On a good day the views are amazing apparently. Unfortunately this wasn’t a good day.

 

Painswick autumn colours

 

Painswick’s lovely yellow oolitic Jurassic limestone buildings

 

St. Mary’s church, Painswick. The village is known as the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds and is one of England’s oldest ‘Wool Towns’, the wealth from wool production and weaving in the area gave the town many fine buildings, particularly this one.

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Painswick gatehouse

 

The disused Thames and Severn Canal, Stroud to Cirencester

 

A sculpture named “Pink Lady Dancing with Big Brown Dog” at the Market Place in Cirencester. The sculpture is on loan by the sculptor Sophie Ryder.

 

Cirencester

 

The disused Thames and Severn Canal, Siddington to Ashton Keynes

 

Siddington to Ashton Keynes

 

A stile without a fence. Siddington to Ashton Keynes

 

The disused Thames and Severn Canal, Siddington to Ashton Keynes