I’m writing this rather a long time after the walk, but it’s coming back to me faintly! I think my mum and I did this walk following instructions from an issue of the Woodland Trust magazine.

We started by walking from the station along roads for a short distance, past the parish church.

Nice little garage building beside the station.
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Garage by somebody’s house.
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A small lane took us to a slightly hard-to-find public footpath, a fenced path in fields used for grazing horses. The ground was a little on the damp side. We approached a large electricity substation before entering woods (Woodland Trust woods, presumably).

Nice hill.
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Bare trees.
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Ground on the even damper side.
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Once in the woods, again it was a little hard to spot the point where we were meant to turn right - the walk description we were using mentioned an iron gate, which was no longer evident. However, after backtracking a bit, we found the correct path. This led us on through the woods, and beside an ancient defensive ditch called (six-year-olds prepare your laughing muscles) Faesten Dic.

Information sign about the ditch.
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Tree in woods.
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Partial gate.
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We left the woods by a path across more horse pasture, then followed a narrow road called Parsonage Lane for a distance.

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Oil in puddle.
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Mossy street sign.
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Slightly damp lane.
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Swimming pool by somebody’s farmhouse.
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At the bottom of the lane we crossed over a main road at traffic lights and had a look at the outside of a small church (St James’s) before following the path through the meadows to the River Cray.

Bleak traffic lights.
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Church (overview).
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Church (roof).
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Church (ladder).
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Church (gate).
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We then followed the river back into Bexley.

River edge 1.
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River edge 2.
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Bridge with five arches, cleverly named Five Arches Bridge.
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Back in Bexley and not in a particular hurry to leave, we wandered down the high street.

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Yet another church (St. John this time).
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Giant version of me.
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