Many remarkable people found their identities on rivers: Cleopatra on the Nile; Lewis and Clark on the Missouri; Mark Twain on the Mississippi; Jeff Bezos on the Amazon. This is the story of my 600+ mile walk along the waterways of southern England in the summer of 2014, and the remarkable people I met along the way. It is best read in chronological order, so I recommend starting with the earliest posting in the Blog Archive list in the right margin.
Walk completed August 16, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
July 29, 2014 -- Day 44, Wateringbury to Tonbridge, 10 miles
tranquil River Medway that I followed today to Tonbridge bore no relation to
the river last Christmas. On Christmas Eve, 2013, the river overflowed its banks
and flooded vast areas along its route. Homes and businesses were seriously
damaged, and some are still unoccupied. Boats were swept from their moorings at
several marinas, and holiday caravans (vacation trailers) were swept from
their sites. A lot of restoration work has been completed, but there is still a
lot to do.
the river was as smooth as glass, with boaters enjoying the sunny day. I also
enjoyed the sunny day as well as the scenery on a pleasant trail following the
river. Outside of Yalding, I saw an oast house with a non-conical roof. I don't think that style is very common.
Medieval Bridge at Yalding
(at least 500 years old)
(note flood water stains from 2013)
met only one other walker, Dene, who is from Rochester, at the mouth of the
Medway. He is visiting now from China, where he teaches English.
also encountered a group of sea scouts, from Deal, who were camping nearby and
enjoying the river. I had a nice chat with the scout leader, but forgot to take
his picture. I did take a picture of a kayaker who was enjoying
herself, but forgot to get her name. Fortunately, she sent me an email, so I've added her name to the picture's caption.