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
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
August 6, 2014 -- Day 52, Toys Hill, 7 miles
rained heavily last night and well into this morning. By 10:00 am the storm was
starting to break up, and by 11:00 the sun was shining through broken clouds.
That was the signal for me to once again don my backpack and go for a walk. I
knew that pastures and trails with heavy vegetation would still be very wet, so
I decided to explore Toys Hill.
Hill comprises 450 acres of woodland under the care of the National Trust.
Seven miles of nature trails cross the reserve, along with several dedicated
public footpaths that have been around for centuries. Records document that in
year 1295 Robert Toys paid 12 pence to the manor of Otford to keep pigs in
the woods. For hundreds of years, herdsmen and local villagers grazed livestock
there. The recent nature trails complement the historic footpaths, providing a
lovely setting for a short day’s walk.