Twosday……on a Monday…..

Chartwell-Emmets GardensAs members of the National Trust, what better way to visit a number of properties in a carefully chosen area than to ‘park up’ up for a couple of nights in conveniently situated accommodation, and use the tandem to cruise between properties? Well, I say ‘cruise’, but the reality is somewhat different.

Looking over the Weald of Kent

Looking over the Weald of Kent

North Kent is certainly not cruising country……..every other place name has the word ‘hill’ embedded in its identity……but delightful countryside it certainly is, and no accident that over the course of history many wealthy and influential people have had their country ‘piles’ conveniently located to the capital, the very place where they exercised their power and influence and, in many cases, made their wealth.

Chartwell

Chartwell

The primary objective of this visit was Chartwell, the family home of the Churchills. The place that Winston retreated to so as to escape the turmoil of political life and running a war; the place where he overcame his ‘black dog’ depressions by painting and building brick walls;

Jock number 6: the tradition is maintained

Jock number 6: the tradition is maintained

the place where he played with Jock, his marmalade cat, and sat by one of the ponds looking out for his golden orfe; and the place where he produced a prolific output as a writer and historian.

Emmetts Garden

Emmetts Garden

Then on to Emmetts Garden, just a few miles away, to be dazzled by the colours and landscapes of a late 19th century garden, influenced strongly by William Robinson.

A 21 mile circular ride that combined the best of the north Kent countryside with some fascinating insights into the local history.

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on July 22, 2015, in Cycling UK and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. A great way to do things – Karon and I are members too and, at some stage or other, intend to do the same in various areas of the country.

    Are you going to the International in CZ?

    Bob

    • Tandeming and the National Trust……a great way to combine both interests. And no, we’re not going to the International……we had a few days at the rally in Somerset.

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