Needing to keep ourselves in good shape for the planned trips, we opt today for a ramble in the lovely Kent countryside around the pretty little villages of Ringlestone and Harrietsham. Well that’s one reason, though the main one really is the continued terrific weather.
England’s autumn continues to hold back and the unseasonably warm weather goes on; today is wall to wall sunshine, gorgeous blue skies and temperatures at 20 degrees, all in late October. There is real warmth in the sun, the leaves are still predominantly green as autumn colours delay, the buzz of insects fills the air almost like a summer’s day. The corner of one field has stray rapeseed plants and cornflowers, both implausibly in full bloom as they enjoy what we presume is a second flowering season. The cornflowers are alive with bees, busy pollenating, all so unusual for the time of year.
The walk is therefore lovely, it’s dry underfoot and the clear day presents wonderful views across Kent’s rolling countryside. On a day as lovely as today we need to see the sea too, so we take a quick beer at The Ship on Herne Bay seafront before we return home. A great walk; a beer by the sea; home for a venison dinner. Our kind of day.