Dartford marshes

The  Darent is a chalk stream, not quite big enough to be classed as a river, running north off the greensand ridge beyond Westerham past the Roman villa at Lullingstone, on through Eynsford, past a former paper mill at South Darenth and onto Dartford, where it navigates the park and then the industrial end andContinue reading “Dartford marshes”

Orchards and Estuary

The church of St Giles at Tonge is old and overlooked behind dense, green yews. The simple, square tower sits next to a richly coloured, clay-tiled roof that that stoops down to the ground and shrouds a beautifully carved, wooden porch. The narrow lane leads past farmhouses and large orchards full of fieldfares, redwings, starlings,Continue reading “Orchards and Estuary”

Oare Marshes

The open door of the Castle Inn in the small village of Oare looks inviting, but we opt for the walk along the edge of the narrow, boat-crowded creek. We nod to weather-lined men in blue, barrelled overalls tinkering with their ladies of all shapes and sizes. We pass fields empty but for a handful of cowsContinue reading “Oare Marshes”