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Two go trail running together!

Postby Gillzajoker » 05 Sep 2020 10:51

I am amazed at the stamina of you both! And enjoying more of your great photos, especially the
one of the Mill on the Great Stour - I'd be happy to hang that on my wall as a picture, any day! :D
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Postby Dave » 05 Sep 2020 11:22

Gillzajoker wrote:I am amazed at the stamina of you both! And enjoying more of your great photos, especially the
one of the Mill on the Great Stour - I'd be happy to hang that on my wall as a picture, any day! :D

It's a fantastic spot Gill. On one sunny walk, we ate our lunch sitting on the riverbank opposite the mill. 8-)
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Postby Dave » 05 Sep 2020 11:47

For this morning's 10km run, we parked by an out-of-the-way church near Blean - just a few minutes' drive away - and did a circuit through the villages of Tyler Hill and Broad Oak, which lie a little north of Canterbury. BTW, the greyish shapes to the left of Broad Oak on the map make up a vast covered area of strawberries:

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This is a very convenient place to start a walk. There's never anyone here (except perhaps on Sundays!) and several footpaths are close by, including the Crab and Winkle Way, the Canterbury Outer Ring and the Big Blean Walk. (Oh, and that's my wife's new car - her first non-Fiat 500 for many years!)

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Just setting off across the field by the church... and where we ended the 22.6 mile Canterbury Outer Ring walk last year:

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Me managing to make it to the other side of the field... :)

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A couple of attempts at arty shots...

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A couple of shots of me standing on bridges - early on (L) and near the end (R)...:

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...and another one a little over halfway through before we crossed one of many corn fields on the route. At this point, we should have gone left at the top of the steps, but the path was too overgrown, so we crossed the field and tried to make our way along the border on the far side...

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...where there was no path and we were technically trespassing, but all went reasonably well. :)

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Apart, that is, from having to climb through the occasional fallen tree! :)

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Saying hello to some young cattle:

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This was another thoroughly enjoyable run, albeit with slightly more walking than usual due to there being lots of gates as well as some overgrown and blocked paths to negotiate. Actually, I don't mind obstructions in the least, because they're a chance to get my breath back!
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Postby Dave » 10 Oct 2020 13:54

This morning, my wife and I drove to the White Horse Country Park car park on Detling Hill near Maidstone to do a 10k road and trail run, with the odd bit of walking thrown in. :)

We descended the steep hill down to Thurnham, where we joined the Pilgrim's Way. Then we ran along this very quiet country lane through Broad Street and on to the next farm. We climbed the very steep track up to the North Downs Way, which we followed back to the start.

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The elevation chart shows the variety of slopes we encountered... the steep descent to Thurnham, a fairly level section before the farm, a very steep climb up to the NDW where the going was level-ish before turning extremely undulating for the final stretch!

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We began with an easy run down to Thurnham:

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The Pilgrim's Way and one of several lovely houses at Broad Street:

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The track leading up to the North Downs Way. My wife ran most of it, while I walked the entire climb!

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Fantastic views to the west and to the south from the easier bit of the North Downs Way:

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A short, but very steep climb to begin the final quarter of the route - again, my wife ran it while I walked. And a view from the top:

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Next followed what is probably the most challenging section of the entire North Downs Way. This part has a seemingly never-ending succession of staircases going up and down. Having got to the top of one long climb, there's an equally long steep descent that you know is completely pointless because when you get to the bottom there'll be another steep climb ahead. And again and again!

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This is a bit of the final long down before the final long up. I learned one thing today though... my wife might be much better than me at running uphill, but I'm better at running down! :)

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A final note for anyone considering a walk or run involving the North Downs Way: for much of its length in Kent, the NDW runs roughly parallel to and never very far from the Pilgrim's Way, which is usually a quiet country lane or byway at the foot of the hills. This makes planning circular routes extremely easy, because tracks link the two ways at frequent intervals.
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Postby Gillzajoker » 11 Oct 2020 09:57

Ah well, then honour is restored in the running stakes! :lol: Great photos of fabulous scenery, though :D
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