A selection of correspondence by Grandfather written between 1940 and 1944 from inside Stalag VIII B PoW camp in Poland. Top left is his PoW tag, number 10813. This is just a tiny sample from the 127 letters that survive.
With a cheeky wink like that I think this little chap is gonna be a real ladie’s man.
Once again this walk took us to a place we have have never heard of. It lies to the south of Brasted Chart, near Sevenoaks. The National Trust property of 200 acres (81 ha) nearby is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It contains the highest point on the Greensand ridge to the north of the Weald. This is as far west in Kent as you can go, pretty much, so we have now done the most easterly and westerly of the walks listed. The name suggested that this walk might be quite hilly and this has been confirmed by my aching calf muscles.
The walk starts in the National trust car park and loops out around Ide Hill and back, with many a hill in between. The walk itself is only listed at 3.5 miles, but we went badly wrong at one point so I suspect it was closer to 4.5 miles by the end.
Being the highest point in Kent does make some stunning views, though this walk probably does not make the most of them. There are some good vantage points but not as many as we had hoped for.
Not the best walk so far, but not the worst. Doing a project like this I suppose you have to take the rough with the smooth and I am sure that there will be plenty more interesting locations to explore.
We tried to do a walk around Teston a few days ago, but the heavens opened so we headed back to the car and drove home. Obviously it was fine and sunny after that, but hey ho, we made the right call at the time. Hindsight is both wonderful and annoying.