Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Step back in time with Geoff Rambler's book of walks

A rambler has written a book about a series of historic hikes around the Kent countryside to raise funds for the county’s Air Ambulance.

Geoff Rambler’s Rambles and Ramblings is a diary of 11 circular walks from Aldington to Wickhambreaux with a potted history along the way.

Walkers can follow in the footsteps of The Larkin Family in The Darling Buds of May at Pluckley or the Medway megalith builders at Bluebeill Hill.

They can also delve into the mystery of why so many Roman villas were built along the Darenth Valley or an illegal Royal marriage at St Mary Hoo.

Geoff, 59, said: “Each of the walks in this book is associated with significant Kent people, places or events.

“In addition to detailed walk instructions, each walk is accompanied by a miscellany of thoughts and ramblings.

“As I ramble around Kent I frequently find myself wondering about who may have travelled the paths before me and about the purpose of their journey.”

The 11 featured walks are at Addington, Aldington, Boxley, Bluebell Hill, Fairbourne, Ightham, Fairbourne, Farningham, Pluckley, St Mary Hoo and Wickhambreaux.

Geoff, from Chatham, has led walks for the Medway branch of the Ramblers’ Association and the Kent Messenger since retiring as a local government officer four years ago.

He has raised more than £5,000 for charity through his walking and has this year chosen to support the Air Ambulance.

The charity helicopter is often called to sport and leisure accidents, many of them involving walkers stranded in remote and rural areas.

Geoff’s 2013 diary of walks include Farningham to South Darenth (August 24th), Stodmarsh Nature Reserve to Wickhambreaux (September 28th) and Sandling to Boxley (November 2nd).

The walks are free but a collection will be held at the end of each walk for the Air Ambulance in addition to funds raised from book sales.

To order a copy of Geoff Rambler’s Ramblers and Ramblings, which cost £5 each, go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/shop or www.geofframbler.co.uk

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