10th May 2015: Otford circular

We had unexpectedly lovely weather and sunshine last Sunday, which caught us out as most of us had boots and unnecessary warm clothes.  The bluebells were out in force all through the woods on the North Downs Way and beyond – solid blocks of purple/blue with the sun lighting up their colour and the green of the leaves on the trees.

Bluebells!

Bluebells!

The familiar pub, which doesn’t do food so allows everyone to eat their sandwiches in their garden, is still open, and run by the same landlady.  Walkers doing this walk from the Time Out book and Ramblers groups must keep it going as there are rarely any local customers. Lots of cats and a grey and red speaking Macaw though.  I took a (sadly blurred) picture of Steve and Humphrey drinking their pints and waving bananas to make a point at the same time.   We arrived at the teashop in Otford at exactly 4.30 closing time but they stayed open for us to have tea and cakes.

Pam

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About Humphrey Southall

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