Old, once industrial landscapes are rarely attractive but invariably generate enormous amounts of interest. Cliffe in the North Kent marshes is no exception. The boggy ground here holds no obvious chocolate-box beauty but it deserves to be preserved and respected as much as the most beautiful places in the world. This landscape is rough-edged, peppered… Continue reading Enjoy North Kent’s marshy solitude before the threat of thundering traffic looms large
The medieval world is widely believed to have been one of generalised misery and ignorance. To see what we could find out, we visited Faesten Dic in Joydens Wood, near Bexley.
On the Thames close to Tower Bridge is the area known as Wapping. Throughout this place, there are remnants of original buildings and docks that have covered the space from the river to The Highway for centuries. One building on Wapping High Street that we dogs have enjoyed over the years – but sadly no… Continue reading The Town of Ramsgate’s sad & sorry tale
It’s no surprise to us dogs that 170 years ago dairy cattle grazed on what are now some of the most valuable business and residential sites in the west of London. What is surprising is that there are today no signposts to the incredible operation that was to become the milkman to Queen Victoria and… Continue reading The All-But-Lost Dairy
The shorthorn cattle were standing astride the path. We were rather taken aback. Were these bigger versions of ourselves? Were they aliens? Whatever they were, they looked like fun, so all three of us decided to have a game. While Mumpy ran around them in circles, Dallas went up to each of them and then… Continue reading Big surprise in Ashenbank Wood
Today Albert Gardens is the hub of a conservation area. The fact it’s there at all is down to the third greatest fire London ever saw – after the Great Fire of 1666 and before the London Blitz of 1940 I discovered Albert Gardens and its surrounding streets and squares when I met the two elderly… Continue reading London’s last late-Georgian enclave in E1 that came about following one of London’s greatest fires
The end of last Ice Age brought dogs & man together. It also attracted back the tree we now call our native species. Today we can walk our dogs on a trail that reminds us of these life changing facts It was in Ice Age Europe, when Britain was covered in sheets of ice up… Continue reading Take the Ice Age Tree Trail