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SEPTEMBER 2006 Great weather, an Indian Summer, rich harvest of berries and wild herbs, killer wasps and the odd walker or two, literally!

OCTOBER 2006 Vineyard discovery, mud and the Norman Conquest.

NOVEMBER 2006 Fireworks and Autumn finally arrives

DECEMBER 2006 Autumn slowly squelches into Winter




North Downs Way  The official National Trail site

Cath's Photo Journal A fantastic photo journal from Catherine Redfern

Kent Ramblers Site with link to report footpath problems

Multitracker's blog Photo blog on the North Downs

National Trust  - North Downs Heritage along the North Downs

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A North Downs Way Diary

Our story of 12 months on the trail.

While we were walking the North Downs Way in the early months of 2006 we thought that, if we could, we would like to put something back into the trail and contacted Tony Gowers, the National Trail Manager, to volunteer as wardens for part of the trail.

We were allocated a 10 mile section to monitor between the A22 and Westerham, this stretch has quite a good cross section of environments to be found along the trail - old historic trackways used by early Pilgrims, forest walks, open down-land, mixed farming with livestock and arable crops, quarries and a rural lane full of millionaires! But unfortunately no nice cafe's or tea rooms - or so we thought, you will have to read our October entry to discover how we finally stumbled across one!

Wardens are responsible for walking along their section at least twice a year and then reporting any obstructions or problems with the path,  route marking, the fixed furnishings - stiles, gates and waymarkers and excessive litter - which sadly on the North Downs Way  includes the occasional burnt out car and fly tipping, however once reported it isn't long before the local authorities have these removed,  just a shame that it happens in the first place.

Initially we had walked this stretch in early March, before spring had started to take hold, in fact we had completed most of the North Downs Way during winter and early spring, we were intrigued to discover what the area was like during the rest of the year and how this section changed with each season.

So beginning  with September 2006 we will be adding a monthly entry as we undertake our warden duties armed with hammer, shears, waymarker disc and nails describing the changes we notice along this section of the National Trail as the year progresses including a few historical anecdotes picked up along the way .


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