Despite a very grim weather forecast, we decided to try our second (of fifty) walks from the AA 50 Walks in Kent book. The older I get the more I am convinced that weather forecasts are essentially rubbish, and again this proved to be the case. Despite some cloud the sun shone through during the whole walk around Pluckley. This wasn’t as interesting as the first walk we did, but was enjoyable nonetheless.
Incidentally, this walk was 4 miles, and it is pretty flat all the way… there are a couple of inclines but nothing too bad at all.
A lot of this walk takes you through Orchards. Nice, but once you have seen one orchard… well, you get the point.
The walk leaves Pluckley and heads through Little Chart. The original village church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin and the Holy Rood, was wrecked in 1944 by a V-1 flying bomb during World War II. It stood on a site further upstream from the village, near Chart Court. The new church is now within the village.
The only major downside to this walk is the fact that for the last part you re-trace the outward portion so there is nothing new to see, but that wasn’t the end of the world and, at the end of the day, that is two walks down, forty eight to go… will the British weather make this project easy? I very much doubt it.