On Sunday 4th May 2008, we were lucky to have such a lovely warm and bright weather. There were 16 persons and 6 dogs turned up for the rambling. Some of them arrived early for having a light breakfast. At 11.00am we decided not to wait longer for latecomers. After 11.00am David and Alison Foot arrived at last, they said there were awful traffic on M25 and A20 so they used a different route – they were lucky to make it just in time but unfortunately they missed breakfast.
I know some of them, who are usual ramblers but three new members joined, they are Derek Johnson, Nickolas Murley and John Jenner, so welcome them!
At 11.15am we began to walk from leisure centre car park to the gate then downhill to bottom end way to the “swing” gate for only one person a time access to Knole Park. It took about 5 minutes in all for 16 persons and 6 dogs having had managed to pass through this gate. We walk uphill to see lots of beautiful different kind of colour deer. Then we continue walk until we see impressive Knole House ahead but we walk pass it on a different path and onto golf course & had to stop to watch out dangerous flying golf balls hit by golf players afar. We then carry on walk to wooden bridge and see lovely ducks and ducklings in pond. I noticed some persons missing behind, I realise Jackie Wright, Jackie King and Janice Drive about 100 yards away because they were chatting each other too much. I told them come on and don’t talk too much like old women.
After leaving the pond we walk towards pass the keeper’s cottage, which look pretty old building and continue along very long straight on broad track between lots of chestnut trees & arrived at fork path after a mile then walk round the corner and see another very long path again. We were enjoying further walk with some chats each other. But some of them were getting hungry so took out their own packed lunch out of their rucksacks & continue eating as they walk along. After 5 miles, which took us about two and a half hours, we arrived at Knole House for a tearoom but no need to go inside because of too hot & sweating as they prefer to eat outside with their remaining own packed lunch on wooden chairs with tables. I noticed them worn out and felt good rest with chats for about an hour before some of them went to Toby Carvery for a dinner & drink.
It was a brilliant day for all of us, the ramblers. I will plan further rambling at a different place in September.
On Sunday 14th September 2008, it was very lucky to have a gorgeous day with warm & sunshine because of wettest early this month. There were 17 people and 4 dogs turned up for rambling, only one person more than the last time at Knole Park. Unfortunately there are no toilets and breakfast provided at Wickhamberaux, but luckily there Rose Inn offered some of us to use toilets. We should be ready to leave at 11.00am but I know four people would be following so we had to wait a while for them. Only 15 minutes late and we start walk.
We walk on short road before reaching the stile in a hedge and across the field and farmyard of Quavers farm. We were interesting to see thousands of strawberries growing on high stand under huge plastic are covers with metal racks. We reach the gate and turn right onto the road again, only a short walk then join the footpath between the wheat fields. We arrived at Stodmarsh; really pretty old houses and beautiful 14th century church. We were continuing walk to English Nature. Which has car park and public toilets, where a few of us needed a pee! Then start walk again along the footpath at English Nature with beautiful view of large lake suitable for birdwatchers. We could see far away a tiny island with loads of birds standing on it. Continue as usual by River Stour taking us further two miles to reach Ferry Inn in Grove Ferry, a lovely building by River Stour as there are some boats and Yachts mooring. We were enjoying our lunch break.
After an hour break we start walk again on a different way along grassy path in lovely wild marsh area. We saw bird watching hut, some of us were interesting and went to view through open window and could see a number of birds flying around or away. Take about 10 minutes in the hut then back to walk until leaving the nature through a swing gate then join the road only a short way until reaching blue bridge. We walk over it onto grassy path beside little Stour all the time. Some of us, men wore shorts were brave to stroll along the nettle because their legs got badly stung while the rest of men wearing trousers avoided sting! After one and a half walk until reaching the woodland then across the bridge via Deadmill Bridge but some of us were afraid of the cows and bulls on the field. I told them come on; they wouldn’t hurt as fly so they managed to walk through the country having had managed to avoid them. We continue to Wickhamberaux; a beautiful village then to Rose Inn at about 4.45pm after really a long day. I noticed some of us pretty worn out, as their faces were red and flush. We were relaxing with drinks in this Inn for about an one hour then drove to Grove Ferry Inn again where we all had lovely evening meal. It was really very great day for all of us. I will plan further rambling next Spring, next year – hopefully more people will join than this time.