Monthly Archives: April 2010

Folkestone’s West End

Folkestone's West End
Folkestone does have some nice architecture. It also has Tontine Street, and that isn’t so nice. Hipstamatic IR goodness.

Lower Leas Coastal Park

Lower Leas Coastal Park
The Coastal Park was created in 1784 when a huge landslip produced a new strip of land between the beach and the new cliff line. The land was farmed and cows were led down the cliff face to graze on pastures.
The land was owned by Lord Radnor and during the 1870’s new paths were constructed leading from The Leas into the Park. Other recreational features were added including the Victoria Pier, Switchback rollercoaster style ride, The Leas Shelter and the Leas Bandstand. The Switchback ride was severely damaged by a storm in 1909 and was dismantled. The Leas Shelter became the present day Leas Cliff Hall following extensive refurbishment and The Leas Bandstand has recently been completely refurbished.

The Park deteriorated over the years but in 1999, following successful funding applications Shepway District Council embarked on an extensive 3 phase regeneration scheme.
As seen from the Leas Cliff Hall.

Wasp. Dead.

Wasp. Dead.
This Wasp had plenty of time, and help, to escape the living room. It chose to remain and die. However, it now has the required fifteen minutes of fame.

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie
I made a Shepherd’s Pie. Nom nom.

Bug Eyed

Bug Eyed
Pass. I have no idea what this is. Pretty tho.

Stripes

Stripes
A wall somewhere in Faversham if I recall correctly. Visit Faversham for wall watching.

G-CHCV

G-CHCV
Helicopter above Caister Beach.

Hymns

Hymns
Inside Wells Cathedral. Cool place to visit.

Across Romney Marshes

It has been a long and lazy winter, so the 50 Walks Project has somewhat taken a back seat to TV, the web and general inactivity. However, the time felt right to venture out again and we chose the Ivychurch walk called ‘Across Romney Marshes’ or number 15 in the book 🙂

I have never really spent much time on the Romney Marshes and this walk has done nothing to change my enthusiasm for the place. This is by far the most flat of the walks, which is to be expected as there isn’t even a hint of a hill anywhere on the Marsh, but this also makes the scenery quite bland. Very bland in fact.

Unfortunately the route instructions are not all that accurate either and we guessed at some points which direction to take. The Marsh is also covered in rubbish. Shame, but there you go.

This walk hasn’t put us off though, and we are hopeful that there will still be many more enjoyable routes still to discover. I wouldn’t rush to try this one again. Ivychurch itself is really nice – a pretty little village with a nice church.

Tree

Tree
A tree in Mote Park. This is one the most dull descriptions I have ever written.