St Margarets Bay.


Today’s walk was from St Margarets Bay to Dover, along the clifftops and then back through the fields.
The first half was magical – the second -not quite so!

This is Jill in the completed jumper in typical knitting pattern pose.

We walked past Vernon’s seat and up to the cliff tops. Lots of pictures!

The sun was shining through the clouds onto the sea -looking like alien torch beams.

We walked past the lighthouse and then down to the cliff edge – past the first of many warning signs. One said to walk at least 15 metres from the edge – which landed us in a field.

We got to Dover and it was a bit unclear where the path led off, but we found it eventually and it went through some scrub woodland next to Jubilee Way (we both wondered how traffic got up the hill before Jubilee Way – was there a ladder? A lift?) It was a very scruffy piece of woodland with litter and the constant noise of the traffic. Both of us said later on that we were expecting to find a body – or worse – to become the body! The path took us up to a road which crossed over Jubilee Way and onto some Ministry of Defence land. Must be where the soldiers practise scaling castle walls!

We carried on through a farmyard where sheep had been brought into a barn – they had a radio playing for them! There were two of the tiniest lambs but didn’t get a photograph – I hate walking through farmyards – I always think that the farmer is going to come out with his gun or a slavering hound will bite me – so didn’t stop for photos – except for this one.

After this we had to cross the huge roundabout at the top of Jubilee Way -walk alongside a main road – across thistle fields – through another farmyard which had huge puddles next to a vast pile of manure so I hate to think what was in the puddles – across another field and then …

The yellow brick road! Jill wondering if this is the path.

It was the only place where the path was really clear, and in the next field it disappeared completely.

And one final warning ..

We walked about 8.5 miles and Jill took me out to dinner at Wagamamas with Ronan – the chocolate cake there is absolutely gorgeous – made with wasabi so it tastes a bit like ginger but not quite.

St Margarets Bay.


Today’s walk was from St Margarets Bay to Dover, along the clifftops and then back through the fields.
The first half was magical – the second -not quite so!

This is Jill in the completed jumper in typical knitting pattern pose.

We walked past Vernon’s seat and up to the cliff tops. Lots of pictures!

The sun was shining through the clouds onto the sea -looking like alien torch beams.

We walked past the lighthouse and then down to the cliff edge – past the first of many warning signs. One said to walk at least 15 metres from the edge – which landed us in a field.

We got to Dover and it was a bit unclear where the path led off, but we found it eventually and it went through some scrub woodland next to Jubilee Way (we both wondered how traffic got up the hill before Jubilee Way – was there a ladder? A lift?) It was a very scruffy piece of woodland with litter and the constant noise of the traffic. Both of us said later on that we were expecting to find a body – or worse – to become the body! The path took us up to a road which crossed over Jubilee Way and onto some Ministry of Defence land. Must be where the soldiers practise scaling castle walls!

We carried on through a farmyard where sheep had been brought into a barn – they had a radio playing for them! There were two of the tiniest lambs but didn’t get a photograph – I hate walking through farmyards – I always think that the farmer is going to come out with his gun or a slavering hound will bite me – so didn’t stop for photos – except for this one.

After this we had to cross the huge roundabout at the top of Jubilee Way -walk alongside a main road – across thistle fields – through another farmyard which had huge puddles next to a vast pile of manure so I hate to think what was in the puddles – across another field and then …

The yellow brick road! Jill wondering if this is the path.

It was the only place where the path was really clear, and in the next field it disappeared completely.

And one final warning ..

We walked about 8.5 miles and Jill took me out to dinner at Wagamamas with Ronan – the chocolate cake there is absolutely gorgeous – made with wasabi so it tastes a bit like ginger but not quite.

Last Supper

Dan is off to Shrewsbury on Friday to join PGL so we had a family dinner at the White Horse in Bearstead to send him off.

It went very well – although at one point I nearly choked because I was laughing so much – and my dear well trained children were all blowing raspberries at me which only made it worse.
We drove back in two cars – Elaine had Phil and Dan in her car and I had Jill and Jake – we were in convoy until she drove straight on at Penenden Heath instead of turning up the Boxley Road. We thought she had gone that way to take advantage of the road being faster so were determined to get home first – which we did by about 2 minutes. They couldnt understand why we were all sat down in hysterics pretending we had been there for ages – but then they hadnt understood it was a race!

Last Supper

Dan is off to Shrewsbury on Friday to join PGL so we had a family dinner at the White Horse in Bearstead to send him off.

It went very well – although at one point I nearly choked because I was laughing so much – and my dear well trained children were all blowing raspberries at me which only made it worse.
We drove back in two cars – Elaine had Phil and Dan in her car and I had Jill and Jake – we were in convoy until she drove straight on at Penenden Heath instead of turning up the Boxley Road. We thought she had gone that way to take advantage of the road being faster so were determined to get home first – which we did by about 2 minutes. They couldnt understand why we were all sat down in hysterics pretending we had been there for ages – but then they hadnt understood it was a race!