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
Monday, August 4, 2014
August 4, 2014 -- Day 50, Chartwell, 11 miles
the home of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, is located only a few
miles from my B&B, so I decided to tour it today. This area is characterized
by gently rolling hills, providing grand views, near and far. Chartwell,
itself, is located among the hills, and with its manicured gardens, it’s a beautiful
setting to spend a day – or if you are Winston Churchill, a lifetime.
house is a museum of Churchill family memorabilia, but except for a few WWII items,
I was mainly interested in the garden. (Actually, even the garden has a bit of
memorabilia – a crater from a German bomb dropped in the winter of 1940-41. It’s
not clear that the Germans were trying to bomb the house – there were many bombs
dropped in this area as aircraft released unspent ordnance following strategic
missions before crossing the channel to return home.)
View from Terrace
walk to and from Chartwell was also a delight, passing by Emmetts Garden, over
Toy’s Hill, and through the hamlet of Puddledock. With names like those, you
know you’re in for a treat. As I was returning, I met the first actual walkers
I’ve seen in a long time. Sandra and John are from Liverpool. They are visiting
their daughter in Tonbridge and may have been lured into the woods by fanciful
names as much as I was.