Last night at Barham we had a wonderful home stay with a lovely couple, Diana and Simon. It was so good to be warm and well fed and enjoying Diana, Simon and their daughter’s company that evening. We’d had lunch yesterday at the only place offering food in the village, which was the Duke of Cumberland pub; a charming old English village pub, full to the brim with ramblers and locals at lunchtime. As it turned out our hosts took us back there for dinner that night as it was walking distance from their delightful bungalow home. By the time we’d finished dinner the bar and restaurant staff knew us quite well! Last night’s steak was superb and much appreciated as we know we’ll find ourselves being offered lots of ‘speciality sausage’ instead of steak from tomorrow onwards when we arrive in Calais.
Diane and Simon’s bungalow had been sympathetically extended recently to maximise their comfort and solar aspect. As such it was a delight to be in, very warm with lots of light coming into the casual living area which draws your eye to their lush green grass and country outlook to the rear.
They live very near to the beautiful Barham church.
Today’s walk took us through a town with the unusual name of Womanswold. It has a very basic camping ground more suited to caravans than tents – no food was available at all – it must be pretty bleak camping here, we suspect. However in the town we did find this wonderful thatched cottage , called the Old Cottage.
On this part of the walk in the south east of England there’s such a variety of signs to follow, ie The North Downs Way, Via Francigena, Jerusalem Way and numerous public footpaths and bridle-paths criss-cross the landscape.
So far today has been lovely weather though we still have several hours to go to reach Dover and our accommodation tonight!! Raincoats are stored not far away!!
Nearly at Shephersville – it’s at the end of the Long Lane.
We met these charming horses along the track just out of our lunch stop – they were very curious about us and followed us for some way.
Trains run between London and Dover and some go onto Paris such as Eurostar on these tracks.
The road ahead is straight and long.
An interesting road guideline along the way.
Kent county has such beautiful vistas.
Weather today has been so much better than yesterday.
A friendly bull and cow seen along the North Downs Way today.
This stately home and mansion appeared out of nowhere today as we walked along the North Downs Way. We have Googled it’s name and found out that Disce Vivere, the name of the stately home, means Learn to Live. What an interesting Latin house name!!!
Dover Castle- in all it’s late afternoon sunlit gloryl!!!!
Brits were in fancy dress to farewell one of their own who’s leaving for Sydney this Sunday for work. Some wore Dame Edna Everidge style glasses and others donned cricket hats with hanging corks. But this lad with his kangaroo took the prize!!!! No one in the party thought they’d make the trip out to Australia to see their friend stating the flight ‘was just too long’. Obviously we don’t share their view!!
A street view of Dover town looking down from our fairly basic accommodation last night at the Alma Hostel. Our very small double room and ensuite would have suited one person better than two – but as the manager said ‘this is a hostel not a hotel’ so don’t expect any room big enough to open 2 of your backpacks!!!