Start from Adisham train station and head south easterly toward Ratling court. You may smell gas as you pass the small industrial buildings. As the road bends down and then back up you'll approach a T-junction, at which point take the road left and you'll see the footpath approx. 100 yards up the road on the left. This footpath heads diagonally across farmer's field. The stile leads you ino a field with young Bulls in it. If you ignore them, they'll leave you well alone. The next field has a black and white shire horse in it and the stile is to the far corner. At this point, take a moment or two to have a look at the houses that are located here, they are facinating ! Go across the road and the footpath passes under Goodnestone manor. Leave the manor grounds and you'll then pass the church. At the next junction turn left and whilst in the village, pop in to the local shop to get some refreshments, the shop is very quaint and very old. Leave the shop turn left and then left again heading towards Claypits. At the junction with Claypits, directly across the road between the houses the footpath leads, and opens out to open farmland. Take the path up the hill and follow through the next two farmer's fields until you reach a trackway and take the trackway right to Crixhall Court and then on to Summerfield. You'll pass a pill box, then on to the main road. Go left at the junction, and you'll pass a small house on it's own on the left and then you'll see the footpath sign 200 yards further on. Go right along this path until you reach the T-junction of the path, where you then turn right and start heading south toward Rowling, then walk passed Chillenden mill, then through Chillenden, and just before the Griffin's Head pub, take the footpath right, heading toward Nonington. Whilst heading to Nonington take in the buildings along this footpath, they are truely magnificent. Head through Nonington until you reach the footpath on the right which takes you through to Fredville Park (wonderful manor) and then on to Frogham and finally Barfestone.
1. Graffiti on Adisham train station was interesting, words such as Fresh and Fruit, made it sound more like a fruit & veg stall.
2. Walking past the small industrial area of Ratling, strong smell of gas in the air, not from humans.
3. Frost pockets in Ratling, very chilly !
4. Footpath was superb coming out of Ratling toward Goodnestone - first footpath of the walk and it was excellently kept.
5. SH having a trauma getting over the first stile.
6. Field full of young friendly Bulls
7. SH suffering from wind (AGAIN)
8. Old buildings around Bonnington Farm
9. Old quaint shop in Goodnestone
10. Echoes around the footpath near the farms of Claypits
11. Strange series of concrete structures in farmer's field, coupled with spectacular views.
12. Corn on the cob still growing, which made us feel as though we were members of the 'Fookarewee' tribe
13. Gossimer covered farmer's fields
14. A lewd comment from SH regarding Billie Piper being in the hedgerow
15. Comedic moments throughout the walk regarding Architectural Voyeurism SH making comments such as "Look at the chimneys on that", coupled with SP's "Look at the tidy thatch on that, well trimmed". At which point, decided a whole skit could be created along these lines. Which may be coming to Ourwalks.com soon.
16. SH almost being caught having a Jimmy by an old lady with 2 dogs.
17. A non-existant footpath through a sheep field with a stile which was v slippy to get over, just on the outskirts of Nonington Court.
18. V old Morris Minor for sale
19. SH changing boots up a bridleway, whilst an old lady drove past and SH commenting on how nice it was to change boots, as the new ones felt like compfy slippers.
20. Realigning signs to correctly point to Barfrestone.
21. £9 of Orange top up texts recieved by SH
22. Some woman maintaining that she knew SP, when she clearly had never met SP before.
23. Cracking food again in the pub. SH beef goulash and winter veg - SP smoked haddock and spring onion fishcakes with chips and peas.
24. 4 pints of Goachers Mild for SH and 4 pints of Archers for SP
25. Saying farewell to the nice folk of Barfestone for 2007.
26. Meandering back to Shepherdswell with SH traffing all the way back. Esp. on getting to the road after the main footpath to Shepherdswell, where SH really let rip, just as a man and his dog was approaching without SH realising.
27. SH again breaking wind on the train back from Shepherdswell to Dover Priory, which was absolutely vile !
28. Good final walk to 2007 ! One of the best.
Adisham to Barfrestone