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A WALK AROUND QUARRY WOOD

Posted on 20th March, 2019

A WALK THROUGH QUARRY WOOD

 

Quarry Wood is a magical place, especially in the spring. Lots of wild flowers and history.

There are several stiles and some inclines. Takes approx. one hour.

 

 

  1. Good Intent
  2. Go down Charlton Lane.
  3. Turn left in to the Hollow, previously called the Monkey Hole, pick up the footpath that goes off left, just before the newly converted Cart shed.
  4. Observe the two very old cottages on the right. They appear to have had back kitchen extensions, in the old style, with a” cat slide” roof.
  5. The three terraced houses were once an American Oast. The vent would have gone along the ridge.The village football pitch made the national news, a while back, as the referee inspected the pitch and deemed it unsuitable to be played on, as there were too many sheep droppings! It is now fenced off and this problem has not reoccurred. Take the footpath off to the left at the Kissing gate. Follow the footpath to Ewell Lane.
  6. Turn left and after 25yards approx pick up the footpath that goes off right though the hedge into the orchard. Follow the path closely along the hedge.The footpath goes off right just before the big trees. Remnants of a stile can be seen!!
  7. Walk diagonally down the slope to the right, to the gate in the corner. You will see a thatched Barn, this used to be used by the villagers for Whist Drives and concerts etc.
  8. Once through the gate, look right and see the Ewell Stream and the wild flowers on the bank.
  9. As you get close to the derelict farm building, look right and you will see the new Ewell Manor. Once past the farm building climb over stile on your left.
  10. Before you get to the misshapen tree, turn left along the path. You are now walking up the valley of the Ewell stream, which is on your left. Sometimes above the ground sometimes below.
  11. At the fork take the left hand path.
  12. You will find waymarks now to follow.
  13. On your left you will see a pond. You may be lucky and see a Kingfisher. In fact these are two holding ponds for the Mill. Water was held back so that there would be a continuous flow of water over the water wheel at the mill where the Ewell Stream joins the Medway. The ruins of the mill can be seen from the lock. Continue past the ponds, you will come to a T junction of footpaths, turn left.
  14. Follow the waymarks up the valley and you will come to a clearing with a Kent Wildlife Trust Noticeboard, turn left. Join the road and and turn right and then turn left onto Heath Road.
  15. Pick up the footpath on the left, (when you think you have missed it, it is a little further on !!.) Walk straight down heading towards the pylon. Turn left when you come to the hedge. Continue on this track until there is another track on the right , turn down going past some farm buildings. Keep on until you get to a footpath "T junction" Turn left and aim for the gap in the hedge. From here you may be able to see the Good Intent. (This last part is not quite as printed on the map, as there are often crops in the way!)

          

60 MINUTE WALK AROUND WEST FARLEIGH

Posted on 20th March, 2019

60 MINUTE WALK AROUND WEST FARLEIGH

 

Instructions:

  • Start at the Tickled Trout. They will be pleased to see you when you ahve finished the walk!
  • Stop at the numbered points on the map, for village information. 
  • Keep dogs on the lead if there are sheep or horses in the fields. Clear up after them.
  • Take great care crossing the top of Teston Lane.

   

1.       Look at the unusual brick chimney stacks on the Tickled Trout. Turn right towards Yalding.

2.    Do look at the elegent Queen Anne house, which is Smiths Hall.

3.   Turn right up the Byway not a Bridle path.

4.     Teston can be seen clearly in the distance. Continue beyond the metalled surface, through the first gate.Cross the field to another gate and go diagonally left to another gate.

5.       Turn right into the driveway of Tutsham, after noting the chimney. Tar was heated here. Hop poles and fence posts were dipped in tar to preserve them.

6.    Continue down the drive.Note the the orchard on the left, it is the last of the old style, with large trees.

7.   Go past the oast houses. Roundels and an American Oast which has been converted into flats and workplaces. Find the kissing gate, ahead and slightly left. 

8.     Follow the track.The pill box was erected in WW2 to defend the bridge.

9.      Continue past the white weatherboarded cottages, over the mill stream. Then look at the roots of the tree climbing down the wall, on the right.

10.  There is another pillbox behind the

tree.

11.     Cross over the road at the end of the lane. Teston Lock has recently been renovated and a fishpass installed.

12.   Look at the notice board for many more facts. Follow the footpath acoss the fields to the Church.

13.     Do have a look round the churchyard.

14.   The iron work on the church gate commemorates 60 years of Queen Victorias reign.

15.     The church was built in the 1100's. The tower, vestry and porch added later.

Turn right up Church Lane to Lower Road.

16.    West Farleigh and Canterbury County Cricket Grounds both have trees in the playing area!

17.   Turn right passed the village school which is now a house. Before the school was built many of the villager could not read or write. This is demonstrated in the Marriage register in the church.

18.   Continue to the junction with Teston Lane. Carefully cross the lane and then cross to the pavement on the other side. 

19.     Continue to the The Tickled Trout, which was originally called the Chequers.

20.   A Chequer tree was often planted by a pub, the fruit of this tree, which is in the same family as the Rowan, has berries which smell of beer!!