Coldrum Long Barrow
Saturday 20th June 2020
Went to Coldrum Long Barrow in Kent for the summer solstice.
London June 2020
I had just decided it was time to brave public transport, for the first time since March. It was at a weekend, very much off peak, and I wouldn't have got on any trains if they'd appeared even remotely busy. As it was I had pretty much a whole carriage to myself all the way in both directions.
On arrival in West Malling, from where I walked to Coldrum Long Barrow.
A nice walled garden in West Malling.
A slightly hairy rail crossing just outside West Malling.
Pleasant woodland walk beside a stream.
St. Martin's church, Ryarsh.
Heading towards the M20 now.
Quite a Kentish scene I thought, with that Oasthouse in the distance.
Crossing the M20.
The Duke of Wellington pub in Ryarsh. Closed of course.
A nice country lane heading out of Ryarsh.
The woods between Ryarsh and Coldrum Long Barrow.
Open fields again before arriving at Coldrum Long Barrow.
The entrance to Coldrum Long Barrow.
Quick look around the stones before I had my lunch.
A bit hard to see in this photo but this stone has a bowl shaped depression in it.
After a quick look around I went back to the concrete track and cooked myself some lunch.
Andrew arrived on his bike.
Seemed appropriate to have some of the local wine here. One of Chapel Down's vineyards - Kit's Coty - also has a megalith associated with it.
The stones of Coldrum Long Barrow with the view beyond.
The surrounding fields.
Sorry this photo is a bit grainy.
Jim in a field as we were leaving. Reminiscent of this time last year at Avebury.
Passing back through London again.
On arrival at Kentish Town, the sun starting to get low in the sky.
I thought it would be good to try and catch something of the sunset from Hampstead Heath.
It was just a suggestion by the time we got there, but still a nice atmosphere.
Quite busy though! We kept our distance from other people of course.
The three of us around the official sunset time on the summer solstice on Hampstead Heath.
Heading back home.