After five wonderful days in London, we caught the train from Charing Cross to Tonbridge, Kent, and picked up our hire car. We drove to Tunbridge Wells, where Michael grew up, and explored the town.


The Pantiles is a Georgian colonnade, named after the pantile paving on the Upper Walk in 1700. Now lined with shops, galleries and cafés


the area was created following the discovery of a  chalybeate spring in the early 17th century.


After lunch at The Duke of York

7.Pantiles Lunch

we visited High Rocks, which weren’t as high as they seemed to a young Michael. The drive was scenic

10.High Rocks

and the pub inviting.

We found our way through the back lanes to our B&B, The Duck & Drake, just outside Rolvenden.

12.Duck & Drake11.Duck & Drake13.Duck & Drake

The room was lovely

14.Duck & Drake

with a gorgeous view to greet us the next day.

15.Duck & Drake

We stuck a pin in the map and headed for Hastings,

where the ruins of the castle, built by The Normans in 1070, sit proudly above the town.


We took the easy way to the top


for a closer look at the ruins

and the magnificent view.


Back in the car park, this young gull had made himself comfortable.


We drove on to Eastbourne


and after a leisurely lunch, we started back to The Duck & Drake, discovering Bodiam Castle along the way.

31.Bodiam Castle

Built in 1385 as both a defence and a comfortable home, the castle was used in Monty Python & The Holy Grail as Swamp Castle.


There were no curtains,, but I think they would have obscured the scenery.

41.Bodiam Castle42.Bodiam Castle

One last stop for a quick beverage at The Elephant Head

43.Elephant Head

where we made a friend

44 Boxer

and we finished the day with a fabulous meal at The White Lion in Tenterden.

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