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SOUTH. EAST. ENGLAND

..BRITAIN'S FAVOURITE WALKS TOP100 SOUTH EAST.ENGLAND
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99 betekent: de wandeling eindigde op de 99ste plek in Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100.
Klik je op dit nummer 99 in de kaart, dan word je doorverbonden met kader 99 hieronder.

Lichtbruin = National Park. Dit zijn: New Forest NP en South Downs NP.rest National
Lichtgroen = AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
........................... ( the next step down from a National Park).


13

13. South Downs Way....langeafstandspad ... middelzwaar
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........ South Downs National Park

( Een 13e plaats in de TOP 100 lijkt mij veel te veel eer voor dit langeafstandspad ! Beter lijkt mij een plek ergens boven de 50.)

This long-distance walking route follows the old drovers paths along
the high ground of the Downs between Winchester and Eastbourne.
It is accessible along its length, with no stiles to clamber over.
Highlights include The Seven Sisters, Beachy Head, Devil's Dyke,
Jack and Jill Windmills, Ditchling Beacon and Chanctonbury Ring.


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Het aktieve krijtklif bij het gehucht Birling Gap.
Het behoort tot de top-10 kwetsbare plekken kustafslag in Groot-Brittannië.
.. Langs dit deel van de Engelse zuidkust wint de zee gemiddeld liefst 70 cm per jaar
.. aan terrein.

Chalk (= krijt) is generally considered a soft rock, but it is surprisingly resistant to
.. marine erosion and forms towering vertical cliffs along the coast.

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Het Cuckmere-dal is een van de vier doorbraakdalen.
T
he River Cuckmere is tidal up to four miles upstream, and, as a result, is a good
.. place for bird watchers with its range of habitats including coastal lagoons.
De rivier de Cuckmere meandert over de brede, vlakke dalbodem naar zee.
Meanders are natural bends formed as a river flows across its floodplain
.. (overstromingsgebied ).
Deze foto toont de kenmerken van een rivierdal in z'n benedenloop:
.. 1. zéér breed dal (overstromingsgebied)
.. 2. grote meanders (en ook afgesneden meanders).
.. ( Alleen het derde kenmerk ( de oeverwallen) zijn op deze foto niet zichtbaar.)


The George Inn and High Street, Alfriston.
Er zijn mooie vakwerkgebouwen in dit prachtige dorp.


Enkele mooie dagetappes:
1. Kingston-near-Lewes ― Alfriston .....19 km
2. Alfriston ― Eastbourne ..... 20 km

Zie hiervoor : www.contours.co.uk/south-downs-short-break.... :
One of the most dramatic sections of the entire trail is this Eastern
.. Section Short Break
.
It travels through quiet valleys and across breezy open spaces,
.. surrounded by big views.

The trail straddles the ridge of the escarpment (steilrand) to the
.. village of Alfriston, famed for its ancient buildings, and
.. winds through Friston Forest.
Dramatic coastal views crown the route at Birling Gap,
.. Seven Sisters Cliffs, and Beachy Head.



Zie ook:
www.pietsmulders.nl/engeland_mooistekustwandelingen.html.

 

 

 

29

29. The Needles
....Isle of Wight AONB.........7 ½ km......... middelzwaar
......................................... (Het lijkt mij eerder een lichte wandeling)

( Een 29e plaats in de TOP 100 lijkt mij veel te veel eer.
.. Ze hoort m.i. ergens tussen de 75 en 100 te eindigen.)

This is one of Britain’s most iconic walks, visiting the world-famous
chalk stacks
( brandingszuilen, klippen) of the Needles and their
historic lighthouse on the Isle of Wight.

The Needles are a row of three distinctive rocks on the western tip of
the Isle of Wight that attract walkers all year round, and this route
explores the beautiful downlands surrounding them.

You’ll also pass a monument to the Victorian poet laureate
Alfred Tennyson, a Cold War rocket test site and a 19th century fort
along the way, making this an action-packed walk despite its relatively
short 7½ km length.
Most of this circular route follows gently undulating downlands and
cliff-tops, with a steep ascent or descent to Tennyson’s Monument
depending on which way you walk.

D
on’t forget your camera, because the views are mind-blowing.

• Start / finish: ......

Map: OS Explorer OL29

De drie sea stacks bestaan uit een harde krijtband die veel weerstand biedt aan erosie.
In de opening ertussen stond vroeger ook nog een 'Needle', maar die viel om in 1764.

Alum bay with its coloured cliffs is a busy spot with a chairlift down to the beach,
.. but it is a quick walk down and back for the walker!


............................................... Totale stijging 240 m.

Verdere info:

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-needles-headland-and-tennyson-down

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1684142/OS-Recom....

 

 

 

46

46. The Ridgeway ...langeafstandspad ........middelzwaar

This long-distance walk follows the ancient track of The Ridgeway
– often described as Britain’s oldest road – through the
North Wessex Downs
and the Chilterns.
Running from West Kennett in the south to Ivinghoe Beacon in the north,
The Ridgeway passes through ancient landscapes of downland,
secluded valleys and woodlands on a route used since prehistoric times
by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers.

You’ll be treated to wide-reaching views over rolling hills and pass many important archaeological monuments, including the world-famous
Uffington White Horse and Avebury standing stones.

The Ridgeway can be walked quite comfortably in six days, so it’s a
great adventure to pack into a week, and passes through or close to
many pretty villages and small towns that are perfect for overnight accommodation or refreshment stops.

• Start:
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.. Finish:
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Map: OS Explorer 170

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72

72. Leith Hill
.. ...Surrey Hills AONB ...... 14 km ...... middelzwaar

You’ll walk through a mixture of woodland, heathland and farmland
and visits Leith Hill Tower – the highest point in south-east England –
with magical views across a landscape that inspired Charles Darwin.

Leith Hill is the highest point (294 m asl) in South East England.
From the tower ( just more than 1,000 feet
(305 m)  you can see
sweeping views towards London in the North and the English Channel
in the South.
The walk takes in charming Surrey mill hamlets, hammer ponds and
the gothic folly at the top of the hill.

There are many possible routes. This circuit gives a great tour of the
area.


Leith Hill is set in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and
home to an abundance of stunning wildlife.

There are primroses and bluebells to marvel at in spring.
Keep your eyes on the skies as you walk, with red kites, buzzards and
goshawks all common at Leith Hill.
Butterflies are abundant in the summer months too – with the wooded
glades home to commas, purple emperors, white admirals and
silver-washed fritillaries.

• Start / finish: Starveall Car Park, Leith Hill Road.

Maps: OS Explorer 145 , 146

• Leith Hill Tower is a 19.5 m high folly on the summit of the highest point (294 m) in
.. South East England.
• It was built with the intention of raising the hill above 1,000 ft
(305 m) above sea level.


View from top of Leith Hill.



............................................... Totale stijging ± 440 m.

Verdere info:

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https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1683781/OS-Recom....

 

 

 

75

75. Great Missenden
....Chiltern Hills AONB...... 15 ½ km ...... lichte wandeling

This 15½ km walk starts in Great Missenden and climbs to the summit
of Coombe Hill, the highest viewpoint in the picturesque Chiltern Hills.

The Roald Dahl museum is based near the start of the walk in Great Missenden, which is the village where the legendary author lived and
wrote for 36 years.
Classic children’s stories including Matilda and Danny the Champion
of the World were inspired by the landscape and countryside of
Great Missenden and the Chilterns, making this a fascinating route from
start to finish.

As you climb steadily towards Coombe Hill’s 260-metre high point and
its spectacular monument, views open up across the Aylesbury Vale,
rare chalk grasslands and beautiful woodlands.
Other highlights include the pretty village of Ellesborough and the
Prime Minister’s country retreat at Chequers.

The walk is rolling and undulating rather than steep and challenging.
You finish at Little Kimble.

• Start: Great Missenden Station
.. Finish:
Little Kimble Station

Maps: OS Explorer 171 , 172, 181

• Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden.

Overlooking the Vale of Aylesbury from Coombe Hill on the Chiltern Escarpment.


Great Missenden Station - Dunsmore - Coombe Hill - Chequers -
Great Kimble - Little Kimble Station.

Verdere info:

https://outoftheloopdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/chequ...

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1683792/OS-Recom...

 

 

 

76

76. Devil's Punch Bowl
....Surrey Hills AONB...........5 ½ km ......... middelzwaar

The National Trust properties at Hindhead, principally the
Devil’s Punch Bowl
and Hindhead Common, were some of the first open spaces acquired by the National Trust in 1906.
Unfortunately for many years Hindhead Common was separated from
the Devil's Punch Bowl by the A3 trunk road.
However, since the opening of the A3 Tunnel the two sites have been
re-united and now comprise over one thousand acres of some of the
most spectacular open space in Britain.

The higher ground of the Devil's Punch Bowl’s magnificent
horseshoe-shaped valley is dry sandy heath.
The valley, which is the largest spring-sapped valley in Europe,
was formed by erosion from a series of springs
(bronnen) which now
feed Smallbrook stream.
We know that the valley floor has had a small field system since
Saxon times.

Hindhead Common is dominated by Gibbet Hill the second highest
point in Surrey with great views of the Weald.
At 892 feet it affords spectacular views North, East and South.
Much of it is open heathland but there is an area of woodland at
Hurt Hill on the south-eastern flank, some of which is coppiced
(gekapt als hakhout) .

• Start / finish: Hindhead.

Map: OS Explorer 145

The higher ground of the Punch Bowl’s magnificent horseshoe-shaped valley is
.. heathland.
The valley, which is the largest spring-sapped valley in Europe, was formed by
.. erosion from a series of springs which now feed Smallbrook stream.




............................................... Totale stijging ± 160 m.

Verdere info:

http://haslemere-nt.com/dpb.html

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1684124/OS-Recom....

 

 

 

80

80. White Cliffs of Dover
....Kent Downs AONB...... 16km ...... lichte wandeling

This 16 km walk along the White Cliffs of Dover explores the
fascinating scenery, wildlife, history and geology of one of Britain’s
most iconic landscapes.

Starting in the busy port of Dover and finishing in the beautiful
seaside town of Deal– which sits on the border of the English Channel
and the North Sea – this is a classic coastal route with forever-changing
views that stretch to France on a clear day.

With Dover Castle near the start and Henry VIII’s fortresses of
Walmer Castle
and Deal Castle near the end, it’s a route brimming with history.
You’ll pass shipwrecks and wartime memorials as you walk, with some
steep up-and-down sections leading past lighthouses, bays and glorious
cliff-top viewpoints.

In summer the rare chalk grasslands come alive with birds, butterflies
and wildflowers.

This is quite a long, linear walk that’s flanked by steep drops, so take
care and make sure you stick to the marked coastal path.
Your reward for completing the route will be visits to three of England’s mightiest sea forts, and panoramic views across one of the world’s
most famous stretches of coastline.

• Start:
Dover: Carpark National Trust, Upper Rd, Guston, Dover
.. Finish:
Deal. ............................................................................T16 1HJ

Map: OS Explorer 138

St Margaret's Bay.

Verdere info:

http://happyspooner.com/dover-deal-coastal-walk/

www.englandcoastpath.com/walks/the-kent-coast-deal-to-dover

 

 

 

89

89. Rye Harbour and Camber Sands
... Rye Harbour Nature Reserve..... 17 ½ km .... lichte wandeling

Beaches, lagoons, castles, reedbeds and magnificent wildlife.
You’ll be amazed what you can pack into one short coastal walk.

This walk explores Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and its amazing wildlife before finishing at Camber Sands beach on the stunning Sussex coast.

Rye Harbour is one of the most important conservation sites in Britain,
due to its many coastal habitats including shingle, saltmarsh, saline lagoons, coastal grazing marsh, freshwater gravel pits and reedbeds.
With its ever-changing coastline and fascinating military history, this is
a wonderful place to walk and lose yourself among the sights and
sounds of wildlife.

Rye Harbour is famous for its breeding colonies of little, common and Sandwich terns; and is a great place to spot ringed plovers, avocets, oystercatchers, redshanks, lapwings and wheatears.
Marsh frogs, badgers, foxes and bats are just some of the other species
that call this Site of Special Scientific Interest home.

This route follows miles of footpaths across the reserve and visits
Camber Castle, which was built by Henry VIII and designed to protect the
port of Rye from foreign invaders.
You then have the option to finish your walk where you started in Rye, or extend the route by strolling down to Camber Sands, a stretch of sand
backed by massive dunes. We highly recommend the latter!

• Start: Rye
.. Finish: Rye or Camber

Map: OS Explorer 124


Perched on a hill above the surrounding mysterious Romney Marshes, Rye is one of
.. the most picturesque towns in England, with hilly cobbled streets and timbered houses.
It stands near the mouth of the River Rother, two miles inland, but was one of the
..original Cinque Ports before the sea withdrew and the harbour silted up in the 16th
..century.





The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has a network of foot paths that allow the reserve
..to be visited.
Within the reserve there are five hides giving the visitor wonderful views of the
.. wetland wildlife.
The Reserve has many habitats which include wetlands, shingle ridges
( kiezelwallen),
.. sand, marsh and woodland.
This is home to a wide range of species, a hundred and fifty of which are considered
.. rare or endangered in Britain.
The information centre at Lime Kiln Cottage is open most days from 10am - 4pm. 


Verdere info:


https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/rye-harbour/about-....

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1683770/OS-Recom....

 

 

 

99

99. Oxford City Walk ........... 4km ....... lichte wandeling

Oxford is a fascinating city to explore on foot, with its world-famous
university, beautiful architecture, rich history and iconic movie locations.

This urban walk takes in some of Oxford’s most treasured and popular
sights, including the Bridge of Sighs (not to be confused with its
namesakes in Cambridge and Venice), the 18th century
Radcliffe Camera building
and the Bodleian Library – one of the oldest
of its kind in Europe.

You’ll pass prestigious university colleges and enjoy stunning views of
the ancient spires and domes that make up Oxford’s historical skyline.

Fans of the Harry Potter movies will be keen to catch a glimpse of
some of the movie franchise’s famous filming locations, which include
New College, Christ Church College and the Bodleian Library that
doubled up as the library at Hogwarts.

• Start:
.. Finish:

Map: OS Explorer 180

The Bridge of Sighs.

Verdere info:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1683732/OS-Recom....

 

 

 

100

100. Ramsgate―Margate. (coastal walk).... 13 km .... licht

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Dramatic coastal scenery, historic towns, bloodthirsty Viking history
and Charles Dickens’ favourite walks – all wrapped up in this stretch
of coastline.

This 13 km coastal walk links the towns of Ramsgate, Broadstairs
and Margate along the cliffs and beaches that characterise the
Viking Coastal Trail
in Kent.

For much of the walk you’ll stroll along low chalk cliffs that deliver
dramatic, sweeping cliff top views across the English Channel.
This cliff-top walking takes place with a luscious carpet of grass
beneath your feet.
You can also walk along the beach and explore hidden coves if the
tide is out. There are beautiful chalk rock formations to discover.

All three historical coastal towns have their own personalities and
charms with :
- Ramsgate: an interesting old town and harbour,
- Broadstairs: with its strong links to Charles Dickens who frequently
.. visited and walked here along Viking Bay, and
- Margate: seaside town with a sweeping harbour.

This whole walk takes place on the Isle of Thanet, which is where the
Vikings first landed in Kent, and the route between Ramsgate and
Margate largely follows the Viking Coastal Trail.

• Start: Ramsgate.
.. Finish:
Margate.

Map: OS Explorer 150

Chalk (= krijt) cliffs and sea arch (= brandingsboog ) at Kingsgate Bay.

Pillars (= brandingspilaren) of chalk (= krijt) isolated from main cliff at Botany Bay.


Verdere info:


www.ramsgatetown.org/upload/docs/Beach%20Roamer.pdf

www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/ramsgate-to-margate/

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1683724/OS-Recom....


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