We are still in a different world now and I think we are slowly getting used to it. Not that Iam liking it at all or any aspect of it.
I work from home. And the work days are just getting longer, its been 6 months and I still dont have my work time table in control.
However September was a good month in terms of weather and I was able to plan few hiking trips around London. I still have not mustered the strength to take longer vacations and have no idea how I will exhaust all my December leaves.
September was very pleasant, receding summers with plenty of sunshine, dry days and still long days enough for a day long hike. Here is a round up of the the month amidst the weirdness of social distancing and all the precautions taken.
The Chalk Trail : Walk from Dorking to Gomshall via Shere
Surrey Hills are probably one of the most picturesque part of England. The vast North Downs is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The walk from Dorking to Gomshall is the famous Chalk Trail. Walk through the lush green pastures saying Hello to the sheep and cows on your way, as you enter the sleepy little village of Shere, ranked as one of the prettiest villages in England. The walk finishes at Gomshall which has a famous mill now converted to a pub. Detailed post to come up soon on the walk with navigation tips.
Isle of Thanet : Walk from Ramsgate to Margate via Broadstairs and Botany Bay
The beautiful Kent coastline is lined with several small quaint towns with their own waterfronts and historic harbors. Isle of Thanet in the far eastern corner of England has some envious beaches in the backdrop of the magnificent white cliffs.
This month on a sunny Saturday I did the lovely walk from Ramsgate to Margate. On the way I stopped at Broadstairs for lunch. Lovely views of Botany Bay, Walpole Bay and some amazing views from below and on top of the cliffs. Will soon write a detailed post on the walk.
Sevenoaks : Circular Walk via Knole Park
My last walk for September was a circular walk starting at Sevenoaks , meandering its way to the 947 acres of lush green Knole park which is a National Trust property, housing the medieval Knole House. Spot the beautiful deer lazing around in the park and the golf course. To extend the walk further I ventured to Igtham Mote, another National Trust property. Wind back your way to Sevenoaks.
A beautiful town, just 25 minutes from Central London by train which may be full of students heading to the Sevenoaks school. A detailed post to be arriving soon on the blog.
London Walks : Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard, Seven Dials
Walking in London is like walking in your backyard. You never get tired and want to do it again and again. However during Covid times with very less tourists, walking in these otherwise crowded Central London streets gave some good photo ops.
Covent Garden is a lovely neighborhood and has some of the best cafes, pubs and theaters. The cozy nook of Neals Yard and the Seven Dials market are iconic places in this area. A post with lots of pictures to arrive soon on the blog.
How was your September? I hope you are safe wherever you are and doing all it takes to cruise through these unexpected times. Keeping Hope alive of a much better tomorrow.