March into Spring: We're in Suffolk!
We've reached Suffolk!
Since last week, our members have logged a whopping 238.48 miles, taking us from Margate in Kent to Felixstowe in Suffolk. We are well on our way up the East Coast and heading (roughly) North! How much further will we get before the end of the month? Only one week to go ...
Days 18 to 24
Margate to Felixstowe
Marta's walks around Ashton and Harbourside took us along the beach at Margate and to Westgate Bay and Bishopstone Cliffs.
(Westgate Bay, By Rick Ryder, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5152903)
(Bishopstone Cliffs, By Nigel Chadwick, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14224906)
Then, Laura C passed through Herne Bay and into the pretty town of Whitstable.
(Herne Bay, By Richard Gadsby, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9573197. Whitsable Harbour, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2965323)
Vikkie and Mary took some lovely pics on their walk at Brandon Hill whilst Anne's Winscombe walk brought us to the Isle of Sheppey.
(left to right, Brandon Hill by Vikkie, Clifton Oak Tree by Mary and Winscombe by Anne)
Janet's hike to the beach, Lorraine's jaunt around Mere and Ashleigh's harbourside stroll saw us into Chatham Historic Dockyard and past Rochester Cathedral.
(Chatham Historic Dockyard, By ClemRutter at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2969949. Rochester Cathedral, By 2006SweepsCath1.JPG: User:ClemRutterderivative work: SilkTork (talk) - 2006SweepsCath1.JPG, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8682835)
Laura C and Mary then took us through the RSPB Cliffe Pools area (a draw for birdlovers!) and Ashleigh's Bath Skyline hike passed Tilbury Fort in Gravesend.
(Tilbury Fort, By Mervyn Rands - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66203134)
Vikkie bypassed London Gateway and around the Thames Estuary on her Leigh Woods walk, whilst Mary and Harriet took us to Southend-on-Sea (see Harriet's pic of her walk at Almondsbury).
(Almondsbury, photo by Harriet)
(London Gateway, By Les Chatfield - https://www.flickr.com/photos/elsie/37971753311/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=101386961. Southend on Sea, By Southend_Pier_Autumn_2007.jpg: Damian DukarskiThe original uploader was Dammmmian at English Wikipedia.derivative work: SilkTork - This file was derived from: Southend Pier Autumn 2007.jpg:, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26813463)
Georgia's loop of the Bath skyline, Zoë's walk round the downs and Vikkie's Clifton stroll passed through Burnham-on-Crouch, whilst Janet's hike round Dyrham (see her pic of alpacas!) and Laura C's stroll along the canal in Bath took us into Bradwell Waterside.
(Alpacas near Dyrham, by Janet)
Becky's walk at Blaise Castle and Mary's Bedminster run saw us to Maldon, home of salt. Lorraine's Stourbridge hike and Laura C's walk through Monkton Combe took in the sights of Blackwater Estuary Nature Reserve.
(Blaise Castle, photo by Becky)
Mary, Laura, Marta and Ashleigh's urban walks then brought us to Lee-over-Sands and onwards to Clacton Pier.
(Lee Over Sands, By Rwendland - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36058682. Clacton Pier, By Rwendland - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31281857)
Finally, it was Lorraine's walk round Stourhead, and the urban pavement-pounding of Mary, Laura C and Vikkie in Bristol and Bath that brought us to Felixstowe.
(Felixstowe, By Geof Sheppard - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61919591)
Keep logging those miles folks - don't forget we've got a prize for the two people who walk the most miles this month!