2 friends and the coast to coast walk

Mud, mud glorious mud! by gleavem
January 16, 2008, 5:10 pm
Filed under: exercise, training, Uncategorized, weather | Tags: , ,

As I mentioned previously, this weeks walk (on Saturday) was a 9mile circular starting at Knockholt Pound; we were joined by Tracy and Rob, two of the original “6 friends”.
Start of Knockholt Pound Walk
There were a few tentative moments before hand when the weather nearly put us off, but in the end Saturday itself was a fine day, although the preceding weather did make the walk rather interesting. The walk (details available on walkingworld) started along country lanes through nice scenery, with views of London in the far distance.
Magnificent Views
It was once we left the tarmac that things became interesting; all the rain of the previous days made many of the paths very muddy and fields often boggy – it was certainly a good test for the boots and my new gaiters! There was much slipping, splashing and sliding, but happily very little moaning – we must be tough! The state of Sid’s trousers at the end definitely confirmed to him that gaiters are a worthwhile investment!
Mud near Knockholt Pound
The good views continued, including the impressive home of David Milliband (apparently!). More mud and many stiles later we were approaching the end and a killer hill!…blimey was it tough especially coming at the very end, although Tracy and Rob seemed less puffed, so perhaps they’re much fitter than us. Either way it confirmed that the lake district hills will be challenging and that we need to train more, but where in oh-so-flat Kent?! Any suggestions fellow walkers? We made it back to the cars in good health, with a few extra kilos of mud attached to us. A nice hearty dinner in The Three Horseshoes was just what we needed, then we headed to Bluewater for a film (Charlie Wilson’s War – quite good really). All in all a great day out, and lovely to spend more time with Rob and Tracy!

Next time… Ramsgate to Deal



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