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London Countryway 02 May 2010


Second Part - May
This was a bit more complicated as we were further from Essex and our leader had to put into operation 'a cunning plan' so that cars were in place to transport everyone back to our accommodation for the Sunday night stay in Redhill. We picked up the route from Borough Green and walked through some really stunning landscape in the Kent countryside,(my favourite!) There were orchards, woods, oast houses and lovely Ightham Mote, the medieval manor house now restored by the National Trust, and then on to the Greensand Way ascending One Tree Hill, and through Knole Park to Ide Hill which overlooks Bough Green Reservoir. Unfortunately the pubs were shut while the ladies waited for transport, tired after a hot day's walk. But Barbara had ways and means and we had afternoon tea with a very obliging couple picnicking in front of the church on the village Green. Walking on the Monday started with a trek up Toys Hill, through the grounds of Chartwell (very peaceful as it is closed to visitors on Mondays) and on through the bluebells and past the rhododendrons to Limpsfield Common. The views were changing throughout the walk and from steep-sided sandstone hills and woods we finished on heathland.