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West Kent – Robertsbridge and Etchingham – 1st November, 2020

When I originally did a recce of this walk way back in September on the last really hot day of summer, I jokingly said that I doubt it would be t-shirts and shorts weather when I lead this walk for real in November! I wasn't wrong; during the last 24 hours we have had torrential rain and wind. Luckily, the weather took a turn for the better today; no rain, just breezy.  13 of us met at the recreation car park in Robertsbridge for the last West Kent walk of the year, aptly timed before the next national lockdown on 5th November.  Our walk took us mostly over farmland interspersed with streams and rivers.

We managed a quick visit to the church at Etchingham, just before the doors were locked, and had an interesting conversation with an elderly lady who had lived in the village since she was a child.  Continuing our walk, the fields became progressively more waterlogged and flooded. We should have worn wellingtons! We stopped for an early lunch overlooking one of the new field 'lakes' recently created.

After lunch, the walk continued over more sodden farmland before the respite of quiet lanes where our feet could dry out for a while. Within ten minutes of the walk ending, the weather started to close in again with misty rain; everyone was relieved to get back to Robertsbridge just as the light was starting to fade. Some of us then took the opportunity of have a quick pint or two at the Ostrich pub where a real fire was roaring away...heaven!

Thanks to everyone who turned up for today's walk and contributed to an excellent day.

Colin Turner.






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