And Shadow and Poppy Came Too

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Such good dogs and a joy to walk with. We shared many miles together and at the end of a walk they both just stretched out on the ground for a well-earned rest. Oh that we could do the same but needs must, we had the duty of sampling the beer, well someone has to do it.

Poppy will be remembered by us all whenever and wherever we walk.

I walked the first three sections again this year with Daphne, Judy and Mark (Walk 1). My way of keeping walking fit and I needed it at times.

From Robertsbridge to Benenden the weather was kind to us at the end of April even allowing a picnic at Sandhurst. It was just as well that Daphne and Judy desired a coffee for as we retired to The Swan, beer for Mark and me, the heavens opened. By the time we left it was dry again for the rest of the walk to The Bull at Benenden where Mark got his certificate.

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Walk 2 was a lot quicker as we talked and walked to Sissinghurst Castle, for our picnic lunch, and then on to Cranbrook. Stickers awarded at The White Hart.

Walk 3, the walk with three hills, was a dry and warm August day as we reminisced about past walks, the vengeful dragon of Angley Wood, Napoleon’s horse at Glassenbury, smugglers at Goudhurst, music at Finchcocks, tea at Scotney Castle and an ice cream at Lamberhurst. It was a memorable day for us all with the award of certificates for Daphne and Judy.

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For further information about Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House and other History Walks visit: www.1066haroldsway.co.uk

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