The Hiker

Exploring the wonders of Kent & Sussex, the UK and the world!

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St Dunstan's Church

I like churches. Not only are they a refuge when walking in inclement weather, they are a fascinating reminder of our turbulent religious heritage. It's hard to appreciate sometimes that these buildings have features that date back hundreds of years. And St Dunstan's Church, Snargate, Kent is no exception.

The nave dates back to the 13th century, the gabled roof from the 14th century and the perpendicular tower the 15th  century. Unfortunately, in his wisdom, Rev Edward Wilkinson decided to 'restore' the church by removing many centuries old aspects. One interesting remaining feature though, is a wall painting from the 1500s of a sailing ship on the north aisle – the mark of a pirate safe haven. Naughty!

Discover the UK

The counties of the UK are rich in differing landscapes, people who have shaped the land, and those who have left their legacy in stone. Cliff top walks, stately homes, marshes and sandy beaches – the list of places to visit is endless. Here's just a few…

St Leornard's Church Ossuary, Hythe, Kent

After a long rest at base camp, it's time for some new adventures.
Things are already afoot, I've started walking the South Downs Way in
stages and magnet fishing is now a new pastime - I'll explain later.
Plus, a metal detector will soon be another companion. It's all go.

Walking Scotland

Exploring the UK

Although the British Isles do not have Europe's and Asia's lofty mountain ranges, there are still plenty of stunning long distance paths, difficult ascents, plus beautiful hills and valleys. I've been lucky enough to have hiked some but not nearly enough.

Trekking the world

Most people have a passion in life, mine is travelling and getting high as possible. Mountains and hills have a grandeur that make them seem unsurmountable, but with the help of a good team and some personal effort, many tough ambitions can be realized. My only wish is the Himalaya was a bit closer to home.

Himalaya Nepal
St Dunstans Snargate Kent
St Dunstans Snargate Kent
St Dunstans Snargate Kent