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The Joys of Walking!

Postby Gillzajoker » 25 Jul 2018 09:19

Lovely pics - I like looking at old churches and graveyards.
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Postby Dave » 31 Jul 2018 17:26

There was thunder and torrential rain at 7am this morning, but the forecast was for sun and temperatures around 23C so I hitched a ride to Ashford with my wife to do a walk. (I did a walk last Friday when it was 10C hotter, so 23C feels positively cool!) Anyway, we arrived at 8.15 and I set off with instructions to be back before 1pm - I did 17.3 miles and made it back with 5 minutes to spare! :angel:

I'd planned a route that took me through the Godinton Park estate both on the way 'there' and back. 'There' was Pluckley Station, Pluckley, and Little Chart. The great majority of the walk was off-road - mainly farmland, but with some woods as well. The good weather helped I suppose, but I spent most of the time thinking what a wonderful area this is!

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A number of public footpaths cross Godinton Park but the estate has also provided some excellent permissive paths. Not only were all the paths extremely well signposted, but the wide, mown tracks made it obvious that they care about walkers. :thumbup:

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Most of the farming at Godinton seemed to be livestock...

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Somewhere between Godinton and Pluckley Station, I noticed this rather desirable residence for sale. I checked the price when I got home... £900,000. Oh well. :(

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I'd planned to follow a narrow lane to Pluckley Station but I noticed a footpath sign pointing through a hedge. I investigated and saw a perfect path which my map showed to be heading in the right direction, so I went that way. Some nice farmer had gone to the trouble of making a path so it would almost be rude not to use it. :D

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There's a railway station at Pluckley Station but the OS map gives the impression that the name might refer to the hamlet there. :think: Anyway, it's an attractive place with a magnificent pub - the Dering Arms...

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Pluckley itself is a fair distance to the north and another nice footpath took me there. We've had a lot of rain over the last few days but the fields are still full of deep cracks:

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This is Pluckley where (as I mentioned in a previous post) the Darling Buds of May was filmed. I haven't seen the programme yet but I'll try to find an episode to see if I can recognise anywhere I've been.

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Most of the way between Pluckley and Little Chart was through orchards. There were varieties of apple of course but the best bit was a plum orchard. :D

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Little Chart is a scattered village and very upmarket. This has to be my favourite part though - I love the beautiful old buildings on the left, with a cricket green opposite. Wow! :mrgreen:

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A little further on, I went through some woodland and spotted the very log that I was sitting on for the very first photo in this topic. It was springtime then and the wood was covered in bluebells.

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I went through Hothfield Common the other day, so I'd chosen a different route today. I passed some magnificent Highland Cattle...

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...and a group of Konik Horses, which apparently are Polish and semi-wild:

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And finally... I took this photo between Hothfield and Godinton because it seemed to sum up why I love walking. :D

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Postby rdw123 » 01 Aug 2018 07:01

Lovely photos Dave and a lovely area too.
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Postby Gillzajoker » 01 Aug 2018 09:22

Great pics. of a beautiful area - enjoyed it all! And agree with you about the consideration
of some farmers in providing good access. :D
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