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Author: Peter Jull
Posted: Fri 10th Oct 2014, 10:43
Joined: 2011
Local Group: Kent
Author: Peter Jull
Posted: Mon 29th Sep 2014, 11:11
Joined: 2011
Local Group: Kent
Author: Peter Jull
Posted: Thu 31st Jul 2014, 17:41
Joined: 2011
Local Group: Kent
In celebration of its 40th anniversay Kent group are rewalking the Milleneum 100 that they organised in a series of social walks.

After a week of debilitating high humidity and hot sun broken by an overnight storm Day 1 dawned to light mist then overcast skies more amenable to a long walk. With some of the usual suspects distracted by other exotic commitmnets a small party gathered outside Canterbury Cathedral as the city quietly came to life. Heading out on the NDW to pass the historic start the going was easy until one path found overgrown as if unfrequented in the intervening 14 years with leafs left leaking liquids over lower halves leaving them as wet as Wales and leading then to forest tracks with ruts as wet and wide as any winter or Milleneum weekend. We wandered into Littlebourne on the wrong path, a fence having gone missing, but at the right place after which Ickham and Wingham whizzed past. The Ickham drinks stop was deferred until Staple church's porch. From here a smooth grassy path was more enticing the reading the route description until a farm looming ahead was clearly wrong. Retracing revealed the hidden stile we missed and the wine field described, now full of bread on stalks. The following bean field was so high it hid those height challenged in the party and hid from them the difference between tractor tracks and the escape route. During lunch at Eastry the weather became a spitter spatter shower which felt cooling in the still high humidity but wetted the bean fields which in turn wetted us. A Betteshanger bee on a Mike Pursey knee took umbrage at the sight and stuck its stinger in. From Northbourne to Ripple route reading was replaced by route rewriting ready for the White Cliffs Challenge which would soon come this way. Disputation over the degree of deviation between TR & BR remained unresolved by the time there was agreement that this 100 was getting so hilly with an ascent of ooh! almost 60ft at over 7% up to Ripple nearly as big as the climb out of Eastry. But the day was nearly done reaching Walmer ready for the cliffs section within the White Cliffs Challenge albeit in not in quite the right order.

That will be on Saturday 23rd August as part of the local walking festival and the next social walk starts at Folkestone Central station on Sunday 14th September at 8.30am.

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