Thursday, 9 January 2014

Greensand Way – Kent Jan 2014

This was my first walk with the Maidstone Ramblers, taking largely field forest paths from Dryhill CP south to slowly climb up to the Greensand Ridge at Brackhill Wood.

Through breaks in the woods, looking south, the hazy ridge of the High Weald could be seen beyond Bough Beech Reservoir.

We walked round to the Green at Ide Hill for a lunch stop – one of the highest points on this part of the Greensand Way in Kent at 216m (708ft).

Progressing west, there was a good climb up the edge to Toy's Hill before the turn back home, northwards.

Overall, we did about 10.5 miles and climbed 1670ft.
An interesting and quite different type of terrain from my northern experience.

Walking up a 'green lane'

A view southwards across Bough Beech Reservoir to the High Weald

A 'monkey puzzle tree' at Emmetts NT Garden

Looking back to the church on Ide Hill and the climb up to Toy's Hill

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