This is the weather the shepherd shuns,
And so do I,
When beeches drip in browns and duns,
And thresh and plye,
And hill hid tides throb, throe on throe,
And meadow rivulets overfloe,
And drops in gate bars hang in a row,
And Rooks in families homeward go,
And so do I.
Ordnance Survey Pathfinder 1211 (TR 05/15)
Time roughly 14 hours
Train from Chatham (Medway) to Selling railway station. Through pear orchard past Rhode Court to Stone Stile Farm.
Bridleway opposite to Chilham past Post Office to A252 junction. Right to A28 across railway to footbridges at Chilham Mill. Left on footpath past Stile Farm to lane.
Right. Right byway to Long Barrow junction. Right to footbridges junction and back to byway. Right to next path cross junction. Left to Down Wood through to footpath junction at (126).
Left on bridleway and footpath to edge of wood and back to path junction. (Were going to take left footpath to Upper Thruxted Farm but wasnt in place in the barley crop.
So had to go back down the bridleway, coming out on lane below Upper Thruxted Farm). Left on lane. Checked the path this end.
Okay until barley crop then nothing and went all around edge of field
(Denge Wood) until the path junction. This meant returning on same bridleway again to lane.
Right to Thruxted (Rendering Mill), back to path junction. Left byway
to Forest Farm. Left footpath to path cross junction and back to Forest Farm. Left
on lane to Pope Street Farm.
Right footpath to East Stour Farm onto A28. Left. Right footpath to
Mountain Street. Left on lane. Right byway North Down Way (NDW) to beech (112) byway ahead to path junction.
Left footpath to Young Mann Farm. Right on A252. Left byway towards
Chequers Farm. Right footpath to Post Office Right to junction. Left. Right to Stone Stile Farm, left past Rhode Court over railway. Left footpath to railway.
Some pieces of cloud about during the morning, but not obscuring The sun. Became increasingly clumped together after about 1200pm. During afternoon a spell of mostly cloudy but bright with glimpses of sun. Broke up and dispersed again later afternoon to give a lovely evening. Three quarters moon and clear sky after dark, light breeze dropped to still by mid afternoon. But had to rush back to get train. Several barley field cleared one half ploughed. Wheat all yellow.
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