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Friday, 27 July 2018

Friday Evening [Full Moon] Special Wye Circular

A special map-led Friday full moon Wye visit one of the most quirky pubs ever.....the Timber Batts Inn in Bodsham...basic website details below in comments (thanks A) -- but you can also look them up on Facebook. Some of us frequented this eclectic establishment on a Sunday walk earlier in the year and thought that it would make a fun evening destination....Added bonus...possible glimpses of a full moon on the return to Wye....T=1.53

Walk details:

Train: 15:12 Margate train from London St. Pancras (Stratford International 15:18) changing at Ashford (arriving 15:50; departing 16:05), arriving Wye 16:11. Return trains are at 21:56 and 22:56 (changing at Ashford). Buy a day return to Wye.

Distance:  12.2 miles/19.7 km

Difficulty:  6.5 out of 10

This new map-led route initially follows the original Book 1 route from Wye to the Memorial Crown and slightly beyond. It then diverts to Bodsham for an early dinner at the unique Timber Batts Inn. After dinner, we will circle back to the North Downs escarpment. Hopefully, with views of the rising moon in its full eclipse state (roughly 21:00-22:00)….You can see the route as the "blue" alternative route on the OS Map tab of Book 1: Walk 53.

Enjoy the walk and happy moongazing!


Anonymous said...

PeteG said...

I hope that means a good view of the eclipse, cloud permitting?

Stargazer said...

hopefully.....we should be back by the Memorial Crown by about 21:00 with good views South....

Sean said...

You should also get a fine view of the Red Planet, rising in the south-east at nightfall. Its orange colour is unmistakable and shows up even more clearly in binoculars.

Stargazer said...

Perhaps it was the extreme heat of the day or the forecast evening thunderstorms or just an attack of the "work ethic"....whatever the reason, just n=4-free-spirits met at Ashford for the connection to Wye under w=initially-hot-clear-conditions-with-cooling-breeze-on-the-downs-followed-by-dramatic-thunderstorms for the inaugural late afternoon and evening walk. I think most agreed it was a lovely time of day for a country walk. We all enjoyed the Friday night special pizzas al fresco from a pizza oven in the forge and just as we were planning to leave noticed some rather dark clouds with lightening approaching... A good choice was made to see what was to follow....heavy down pour with dramatic thunder and, we opted for another drink inside and spent 45 minutes examining some of the curiosities of the pub more closely...before heading out in what had become light drizzle with the occasional flash of thunder and lightening...Alas, the clouds along the southern horizon proved too thick for any moongazing.....back in Wye we had a night cap before the 22:54 train.....