21 July 2013: Downe, Cudham and Green Street Green

A train and a bus got us from London Bridge to Farnborough (the one in Kent), from where Don led us south through fields and woods. After a mile or so we came across this “dene-hole”. The esteemed Kent Underground Research Group says they are “chalk mines” dug by farmers, sometimes as recently as the late nineteenth century, but some of our party still prefer to think of them as druid’s lairs.

Looking at the dene-hole

Looking at the dene-hole

In Downe we looked at the memorial to Charles Darwin in the churchyard, then stopped for drinks at the pub or the tea shop.

at_Downe_pub

We then walked on to Cudham where we had our lunch on the edge of the cricket ground:

Cricket in Cudham

Cricket in Cudham

Our final destination was Green Street Green, not far from Farnborough, from where we caught a bus back to Orpington — but not before spotting this coal-tax post.

The coal-tax post in Green Street Green

The coal-tax post in Green Street Green (by Linda)

Humphrey

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About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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