Today’s statistics: 16 miles, ascent 1291 feet, descent 1151 feet.

With predictions of a warm day and a 16 mile segment ahead of us, we decided to get an early start, hitting the trail at 7:00 a.m. Leaving at that early hour, we missed our host for the previous evening at Chegworth Watermill. Interestingly, the mill’s waterworks had been carefully preserved in the center of the B&B.

The B&B had pulled us about 3 miles off of the NDW so we worked our way on to Harrietsham to resupply our lunch stock before getting back to the NDW. Eventually, the trail was reached and we took a look back to Harrietsham. Our route today would join the Pilgrim’s Way and we did, in fact, see modern-day pilgrims on their way to Canterbury.

looking back on our trail from Harrietsham

Much of the day was spent walking along fields of barley and wheat on farm tracks.

The poppies and the wheat were a stunning combination!

The rolling path beckoned us on.

The well-manicured fields made for a beautiful landscape.

As we approached Eastwell Park and Boughton Lees, the path took a very direct course across the fields.

As we entered Boughton Lees, we met a fellow NDW walker, 80 years old, hiking the NDW by herself as she had previously hiked all over the UK and Europe. An inspiration to hikers!

Oasthouses were a common sight in Kent. These were brick kilns for drying hops during the beer brewing process. Most of them are no longer used for their original purpose having been converted to homes or allowed to deteriorate. We found this one on the way out of town.

oasthouse

At Boughton Lees the NDW trail split, with one path continuing through Canterbury and the other detouring to pass nearer the southern coast. These paths finally came back together in Dover, the eastern end of the North Downs Way. Our scheduled B&B for the night was on the Canterbury route so we followed that path. Although the Warren Farm Barn was about 3/4 mile off of the Canterbury path, it was easily seen long before we arrived.

Warren Farm Barn

Our hosts for the night, Di and Chris, greeted us, urged us to come in, shed our packs and join them in their garden for a cool drink and a snack. Very enjoyable! Chris had taken several years to convert an old barn into this lovely home and B&B.

Warren Farm Barn B&B

2 thoughts

  1. I believe this day, one of the longest, was when the cartilage in my left knee was completely worn through. BTW
    on the NDW TYWWTK(thought you would want to know)

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