The Next Book: Exploration 7 – Mid Surrey Villages and Leith Hill

[singlepic id=468 w=320 h=240 float=center] I am collecting images of the North Downs and doing research for a book to be entitled ‘North Downs Landscapes’ that will, hopefully, be published next year. So far I have walked from Farnham in Surrey to Rochester in Kent (in instalments) and visited a number of settlements. I still have the southern bit of the Surrey Downs, around Leith Hill, and the big section running through Kent to Folkestone and Dover to visit. The concept is to structure the book

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High Speed 2 Far – £50,000,000,000 too far.

As a preface to this blog, let me state that I love traveling by trains and think that Eurostar, and the European high speed networks are brilliant. HS2 (High Speed 2) is a high speed rail project that was dreamed up by the Labour party when in power and taken on with full enthusiasm by the Tory/Lib Dem current government. It is to run from London Euston to Birmingham, then in phase 2 continue to the northern cities. Since its inception, the estimated cost has risen

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The Next Book: Exploration 6 – The Way Along The Wey

Ancient castles, churches and settlements rub shoulders with high-tech modern architecture: people have lived in this gentle countryside along the River Wey for a very long time. Roaming through this Downs landscape, you encounter living history and remnants of the past at every turn, whilst high tech businesses and fast roads point into the future. So far in my exploration of the North Downs, I have covered most of the northern section, from Guildford in the west to Rochester in the east. I now realise that

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Shock News! Sandel-wearing Bearded Weirdies Proved Right!

Environmentalists have been shouting into the hurricane for a long time – 50 years in my case. Today, 40 years after people like me were asking why all the money was going into oil extraction and internal combustion engines, BMW ran a 4-page ad for their new electric car. Whoopee! However the only problem is that during the past 40 years, humans have trashed their planet to a horrible extent and continue to do so. So us sandal-wearing bearded weirdies and spoil-sports have been right all

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The Spirit Of Australia Choir Hits Buckinghamshire, and learns and Aussie song….

The Spirit Of Australia Choir is singing tonight (July 27th) in St Nicholas Church, Cuddington and tomorrow night in St Mary’s Long Crendon. They are performing a lovely programme of music, much of it from opera ad almost all of it is by European composers. So I introduced myself and mentioned that I lived in Australia for several years and know a lot of the traditional shearing and droving songs and so on, and also that I wrote some songs about Australia. They kindly asked me

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The Next Book – Exploration 5 – Kent – The Gap In The Map

I was camping in my little light-weight tent overnight under an oak tree behind The Vigo Inn and slept reasonably well till 6am when I decided to get up: the sun was sparkling through the dewy grass, the birds were singing, and the pub wasn’t offering breakfast. I struck camp and packed my gear, and was striding through the gate and on my way within the hour. The North Downs Way (NDW) continued just a few yards from the pub, passing down through a wood that

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The Next Book – Exploration 5 – Kent – Castle, Cathedral and Campsite

Day 1 of this latest exploration of The North Downs, collecting photographs and researching for a new book,, North Downs Landscapes. I walked 22 Kms through some beautiful countryside, starting at the magnificent Rochester Cathedral and Castle. The route follows the Medway, and in the afternoon is a stroll through some lovely woods and flower meadows up on the Downs ridge. The walk ends at a music pub where I camped and enjoyed a few pints.

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The Next Book: Exploration 3 – St Marth’s Hill and The Downs in Spring

[singlepic id=336 w=320 h=240 float=centre] OK, I’ve visited Guildford and Dorking and have walked a bit close to those towns, but spring was so backward that there wasn’t much colour in the landscape, so it’s time for a another visit to the North Downs: this time I’ll walk in the St Marth’s Church area on the Pilgrim’s Way. The forecast for Tuesday April 30th was excellent, so I kept the day free as far as possible: that didn’t mean that I got away early, as phone

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The Next Book: Exploration 2 – Guildford

It’s a bright sunny Sunday, and the spring seems to have really arrived with temperatures high enough to leave the coat at home: what a relief! My next bit of location for research for my proposed North Downs book is Guildford, the County Town of Surrey which sits where the River Wey cuts through the hills. Guildford is a major road and rail interchange so has grown much larger than Dorking, and has it’s own cathedral and university. Guildford also has an 11th century castle which

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A New Project – Starting Research For The Next Book

Doug Kennedy is seeking a new photography publishing project and started his research in the North Downs at Dorking. He explores the ancient church, the new vineyards and climbs Box Hill to find that spring is late. Will this be the start of a project to end in a new publication?

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