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This evening Jane emailed through an outline plan for Belgium, so for anyone who would like to join us for the whole walk, or for the European side of the journey, here we go – the combined UK and Belgium routes. Both countries well known for their beer! Well, we have to replenish our carbs somehow…

Day 1 Friday 20th November 2009
About 14 miles (5 from Big Ben to Limehouse Basin, 2.5 to the Foot Tunnel, 5 to Eltham, 2 to Sunridge Park)
10.00 am Big Ben London – meet with the media
10.30 start walk – head East along the Thames Path on the Northern side of the river
12.30 Limehouse Basin
1.15 Northern entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel
1.30 Southern entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel then walk south through Greenwich Park, Blackheath, cross the A2 and turn to the east along Shooters Hill until turning south into Kidbrooke Grove.  Take first east into Westbrook Road and continue until the T junction with Rochester Way.  Turn south down Rochester Way and continue along, over the A2 until Bridbook Road.  Turn down Bridbrook Road (south/south/west) and continue under the A2 and into Eltham Green Road (south).  Continue southward until the A210, Eltham Road, cross the road, and cross Westhorne Avenue, turn eastward to the major roundabout and pick up Middle Park Avenue.  Continue down Middle Park Avenue until the junction with Eltham Palace Road, turn east, continue until Eltham Palace and the grounds are in front of you and pick up St John’s Walk.
3.00 Pick up St John’s Walk at Eltham Palace and follow to Mottingham, picking up the Green Chain Walk.
At Elmstead Wood leave the Green Chain Walk and walk through to Sunridge Park and the Sunridge Park Hotel

Day 1 Accommodation: Sunridge Park Hotel

Day 2 Saturday 21st November
Approximately 16 miles (10 to Eynsford and then 6 to South Street)
8.30 start from Sunridge Park Hotel – walk north/east to pick up the Green Chain Walk at the edge of Elmstead Wood.  Walk through Chislehurst west to Chislehurst Common.
9.15 Chisltehurst Common then through the edge of Park Wood and into St Paul’s Cray.  Cross the River Cray at Brooks Way, and pick up the footpath that joins to Chapmans Lane between Cray Valley Golf Club and Pauls Cray Hill Park which links to Hockenden.
From Hockenden take the eastern bridlepath and then footpath across the fields along the side of Bourne Wood crossing the railway by the footbridge and continuing until picking up the back road into Crockenhill
11.30 Centre of Crockenhill, follow the Church Road southwards and then turn east down Harvest Way and pick up the footpath at the end of the road and continue until the M25, turn south east and follow the footpath along until the subway under the motorway, continue along the path the other side, connecting up to a track that takes you through Hulberry Farm and then pick up the Darent Valley Path, traverse the railway line and into Eynesford.
12.30 Eynsford Pub: The Malt Shovel Inn
1.00 From Eynsford to in a northerly direction along the A225 until a small turning to the right signposted Prior Lane, take that and pick up the bridleway across the fields, pick up Donkey Lane, cross the A20 and continue on the footpath to Gabrielspring Wood.  Turn left towards the M20 and follow the path to the footbridge across the motorway.  Once over the motorway take the path straight ahead to the wood, entering the wood and then turning right after a short distance.  This track follows down to Speedgate Farm and the road.  Turn right at the road, continue straight across at the cross roads with Oak Racing Kennels to your left, picking up a path at the edge of the kennels to the left.  Follow that to the embankment of the M20 and in front there should be a junction with one road going under the motorway and another going away in front of you, Brands Hatch Road.  Follow the road along, taking the left hand branch and crossing straight over at the cross roads towards Ash.  At the T juncion to New Ash Green take the footpath straight ahead, joining a road again as you go past Ash Place Farm to pick up a bridleway to White Ash Wood.  Half way through the wood take the right hand path going east, cross the road picking up the path on the opposite side which takes you south eastward past another wood, picking up a track and into Ridley.  In Ridley turn left on the road and then right at the junction along Bunkers Hill towards South Street.  Continue along this road for about half a mile going straight across at the cross roads until you come into South Street.

Day 2 Accommodation: Beechfield B&B, South Street

Day 3 Sunday 22nd November
Approximately 14.5 miles (About 5.5 to Medway Bridge, then 9 miles to Thurnham)
9.00am start from South Street.  Follow Heron Hill eastward until just after the end of the village where there is a confusion of footpaths and bridlepaths.  Where the land bends to the left take the footpath to the south, then after a very short distance there should be a branch that goes south easterly over a field towards Harvel.  Take this and go into Harvel Village, turn left at the road then right at the cross roads and continue out of the village, past a road to the left and shortly after this there should be a track/footpath to the left which goes to Little Delmar Farm.  Take this track and at Little Delmar Farm you pick up the Wealdway.  Cross the road and continue southward on the Wealdway, through Lie Wood, Luson Wood and to Lockyers Hill where you pick up the road.  At the triangle road junction take the footpath to the east, and continue eastward through a wood, at this junction you should meet up with the North Downs Way which is coming up from the south.
About 2.00pm passing through Kits Coty and briefly resting at Kits Coty Brassier on the Old Chatham Road.

Day 3 Accommodation: Black Horse Inn, Pilgrims Way, Thurnham

Day 4 Monday 23rd November
About 18 miles
8.30am start from the Black Horse, going North to pick up the North Downs Way again.
North Downs Way via Hollingbourne, Harrietsham, Charing (possibly stopping here for a brief rest), Dunn Street, Boughton Lees to Wye.

Day 4 Accommodation: Wye (Wife Of Bath Inn or Kings Head)

Day 5 Tuesday 24th November
Longest day: just over 20 miles
8.30am start, prompt!!  Wye to Etchinghill, past the Channel Tunnel Terminal, Folkestone, Capel-le Ferne and into Dover.

Day 5 Accommodation: Dover with ferry crossing to Calais on the morning of Day 6 (Wednesday 25th November)

BELGIUM

Day 6 (Wednesday 25th) (@10 miles)
Ferry from Dover to Calais.  Foot passengers book in 45 minutes ahead of crossing, P&O crossing takes 90 minutes.  9.15am sailing arrives 11.45 (cost on 5th Nov: £14.00 per adult)
12.00 start walking: Calais to Marck
Accommodation: Le manoir du meldick
2528, Avenue du Général de Gaulle, 62730 Marck, Pas-de-Calais, France  03 21 85 74 34‎

Day 7 (Thursday 26th) (@20 miles)
Marck to Dunkerque

Day 8 (Friday 27th) (@20 miles)
Dunkerque to Neuiwpoort

Day 9 (Saturday 28th) (@ 18 miles)
Neuiwpoort to Diksmuide

Day 10 (Sunday 29th) (about 18 miles)
Diksmuide to Ruddervoorde
Accommodation: Domein Leegendael   domeinleegendael.be
Kortrijksestraat 498
8020 Ruddervoorde, Oostkamp, Belgium  050 67 96

Day 11 (Monday 30th) (about 18 miles)
Ruddervoorde to Lotenhulle
Accommodation: Lomolen B&B   lomolenlogies.be
Lomolenstraat 112
9880 Lotenhulle, Aalter, Belgium  09 371 95 15

Day 12 (Tuesday 1st December) (about 20 miles)
Lotenhulle to Ghent

Day 13 (Wednesday 2nd) (about 18 miles)
Ghent to Appels
Accommodation: ets Jerry Pierre‎
Hoofdstraat 53
9200 Dendermonde, Belgium  052 21 14 07

Day 14 (Thursday 3rd) (about 18 miles)
Appels to Mollem
Accommodation: B&B Kezenestje    kezenestje.be
Kezeweide 33
1730 Mollem, Asse, Belgium  02 452 76 59

Peeters / B.
Voorstehoeve 42
1730 Mollem, Belgium  02 452 63 61

Day 15 (Friday 4th) (about 12 miles)
Mollem to Brussels

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19 Comments

  • Oh … if only …

    Sorry I will miss this trek … but I will be there in spirit … hmmm, all this talk about beer gave me an idea how to solve the conundrum of lugging the camera equipment without dislocating one’s back: Get Richard to build a quick replica scale model of Brocade … including handles and tethers for walkers to grab on to.

    Like Budweiser Clydesdale Horse Drawn Beer Wagon, hitch consenting Rozlings to the Baby Brocade, load up the cameras and gear … and pull together … pull pull pull … together. Along the way, pack assorted replenishments of lagers, ales, porters and stouts so you can properly call the jolly parade Big Ben to Bruxelles Belgium Baby Beer Brocade. Save me a bottle of stout if you would, please!

  • In October 2009, conservative commentators reacted critically to the draft Copenhagen treaty. Lord Christopher Monckton, a British parliamentarian, has alleged that a proposed Copenhagen agreement will create a World government, under the auspices of the United Nations, which will have “the power to directly intervene in the financial, economic, tax and environmental affairs of all the nations that sign the Copenhagen treaty.” He warned that wealthy nations may be obliged under the treaty to pay an “adaptation debt” to developing nations and to surrender their sovereignty.[21]

    Say what?????

  • forgive me for saying so but I don’t like the sound of this…

    Critics have admonished Lord Monckton for his colorful language. He has certainly been vigorous. In his exposé of the draft Copenhagen treaty in St. Paul, he warned Americans that “in the next few weeks, unless you stop it, your president will sign your freedom, your democracy and your prosperity away forever.” Yet his critics fail to deal with the substance of what he says.

  • ALOHA ROZ from OREGON! We are so inspired and proud of you
    work, MAHALO for your energy… Enjoying sharing your books!
    was great to see you in Portland! love the new video,
    “Carrying the world on your shoulders!” WOW…!…
    so glad you are out there and making a difference, we are
    walking with you in spirit and hearts… sent you some cash
    to support your walk, sending hugs, love, peace, energy… Carol
    in Oregon…

  • It seems to me whoever posted the Ustinov quote intended to insult Roz and those who support and agree with her, and to diminish her cause and the message she is taking to Copenhagen by way of Big Ben and Brussels. The challenge was extended to a presumed impolite Peter impostor. If it was intended as some kind of compliment, please excuse my misinterpretation.

  • Global-warming alarmists are using the myth of climate change to impose an embryonic socialist world government. Following the collapse of communism, the West’s progressive elites desperately searched for a viable ideological alternative. They found it in environmentalism. Have you lined your pockets thuroughly?
    Although the Green movement wraps itself in the flag of empirical science, it represents the very opposite: a dogma that provides meaning and purpose to its rabid followers. The ideology justifies massive tax increases and government control of the economy; it seeks to cripple free enterprise and curtail market-driven growth. Making money off us, or maybe a little kickstart of $5K for starters?
    Global warming is the greatest fraud of our time. The overwhelming scientific evidence shows that, rather than getting hotter, the Earth’s temperatures are cooling. Increasing numbers of leading scientists are challenging the flawed computer models used by eco-alarmists.
    If the Earth’s temperatures are no longer rising, then how can CO2 emissions be responsible for global warming? How could previous dramatic increases in global temperatures – such as the end of the Ice Age – have taken place without concentrations of CO2? The answer is obvious: Carbon emissions are not connected to fluctuations in global temperatures.
    The mad drive for an international cap-and-trade system is really geared toward achieving the left’s long-sought goal: the destruction of democratic capitalism and national sovereignty.
    Nancy Wentworth, you are 100% correct. Let’s save the planet, but let’s listen to people with credibility while doing it. Love the earth, save the planet, stop idiots from ruining our credibility.

  • Sindy, may I suggest a bit more research as what you wrote above clearly shows you have an incorrect understanding of the science. Please read the following papers by Dr. James Hansen and his team at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies which may be downloaded at his website http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/

    Jan. 13 2009: 2008 Global Temperature Analysis
    Jan. 14, 2008: Solar and Southern Oscillations: GISS 2007 Temperature Analysis

    If these papers and discussions are just too much to comprehend, you would probably benefit most from a series of videos which explain the science in very clear and simple layman’s terms. I recommend you start with this one … http://is.gd/4QDXZ

    There is an abundance more fundamental information at RealClimate.org and ClimateProgress.org

  • Please read the following papers by Dr. James Hansen and his team at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies which may be downloaded at his website http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/

    Jan. 13 2009: 2008 Global Temperature Analysis
    Jan. 14, 2008: Solar and Southern Oscillations: GISS 2007 Temperature Analysis

    If these papers and discussions are just too much to comprehend, you would probably benefit most from a series of videos which explain the science in very clear and simple terms. I recommend starting with this one … http://is.gd/4QDXZ

  • If anyone can look at the Extreme Ice Survey and not acknowledge that glaciers and ice caps all over the world are disappearing, then their level of denial is beyond rational discourse.

    http://www.extremeicesurvey.org/index.php/index.php

    I find it insane that the same people who are usually screaming “What about the children?” are the ones who buy into nonsensical conspiracy theories like climate change is a big money-making hoax and the left wants to destroy capitalism. The truth is, while I may only live to see the beginnings of hardships due to climate change and the unsustainable mode of living we have today, it’s the next couple generations who will really suffer for our inaction. You’d think they would at least care about that enough to pull their head out of the sand.

  • I am not up for savataging anything. I just clicked the Wlkpedia page that Roz Savage is referring people to about this upcoming event and low and behold it states as follows.

    Critical reaction
    In October 2009, conservative commentators reacted critically to the draft Copenhagen treaty. Lord Christopher Monckton, a British parliamentarian, has alleged that a proposed Copenhagen agreement will create a World government, under the auspices of the United Nations, which will have “the power to directly intervene in the financial, economic, tax and environmental affairs of all the nations that sign the Copenhagen treaty.” He warned that wealthy nations may be obliged under the treaty to pay an “adaptation debt” to developing nations and to surrender their sovereignty.[21]

    I am all for protecting our environment but certainly not at the expense of losing our sovereignty. I have not read the treaty but plan on it.

  • Nancy, I did that yesterday and saw the paragraph “Critical reaction” that you copied. The footnote [21] indicates that is taken from an October 28, 2009, OpEd by JANET ALBRECHTSEN, Has Anyone Read the Copenhagen Agreement? in The Wall Street Journal. What I want to read are the actual words in the treaty which you said you plan on reading. I can not seem to locate the words that Christopher Monckton and Janet Albrechtsen are basing their conclusions and statement on. Can you find them?

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