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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Walking around Cudham, Kent

Last year I began a long distance walk from the West coast of England to the East coast but only completed the first half (birth of my first grandchild took priority). At the end of this month I am hoping to complete the second 100 miles so I have begun walking in earnest to try and improve my fitness. This weekend the weather was gorgeous so I set off with my Ordnance Survey map to brush up on map reading skills as well as enjoying a long walk in the Kent countryside.

This is the back of the pub where I had left the car. The hanging baskets and pots were in full flower.


With the leaves not out on the trees yet it makes bird spotting a little easier. This kestrel sat still long enough for me to take a quick photo.

This jay was not so keen of having a photo and kept hopping about. This is the least blurred of the photos I took.

There are so many golf courses in this part of Kent you need to keep well away from the fairways.

Not sure who would have planted these at the roadside but I was happy to see them.

The golden yellow flowers of the lesser celandine intertwine with the white daisies
 Yet more daffodils flowering  in abundance by the roadside.

Easy to spot the path across this field.
High fence to prevent you from straying onto private land.

Didn't stop me though as I managed to miss a path and had to scramble through some undergrowth and brambles to get myself back on track. No CCTV here though so that's OK.
This is the clubhouse of another golf course.

It wasn't always dry underfoot.

The path between these two properties is quite claustrophobic.
The primroses and chicory growing side by side.

This walk was about 8 miles and was a real joy on such a beautiful day but I do need to increase my mileage now.


  1. What lovely countryside! I'd love to come and walk the trails in your country.

  2. can you imagine getting caught in that long, claustrophobic alley by zombies? Oh my.

  3. I suppose the flower baskets are commercially prepared. I always imagined people growing their own flowers but from what I saw in London, it is a big business. What a nice walk in Kent.

  4. You are definitely in training there. Amazing to see those two fences with the space for the trail right of way between them. We did experience anything that narrow in the Cotswolds. The weather looked perfect for the walk. Did you do it by yourself?

    1. that should be a "didn't" not a "did" in the third sentence.

  5. Thank you for taking me on a walk in an beautiful unfamiliar landscape. We have talked about attempting a coast to coast walk in the UK....just have to get the back and knees into shape, which is proving to be a challenge. Warm regards.

  6. Nice post - and good luck on the second half of the coast to coast. Good old OS maps - what an institution they are!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  7. Nice walk, you might want to invest in a Mapping GPS like Garmin or Satmap they are worth the money and show you where you are if your not sure on the map you carry

  8. Another nice adventure, the nature is so wonderful in the UK.

  9. Very nice walk indeed. That's about the distance we go on Thursdays, but we don't have nearly as interesting places to view. That deep walk between two high fences was a bit claustrophobic even in pictures! :-)

  10. Seems like some owners aren't too keep about allowing walkers on their land - those two
    high fences are not very welcoming. Still, I think it's wonderful that there are so many walking trails in England.

  11. Such admiration for your stamina. An eight and then a ten on the same weekend is wonderful. Beautiful scenery .


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