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Day trip to Kent

Took a quick run down to Little Kit's Coty yesterday to grab the photos that were ruined on our New Year's Day trip.

Kit's Coty — Fieldnotes

Regarding Kammer's comments re parking, I'd suggest following the sign to the Kit's Coty Brasserie (drop down off the A229, past the pub then immediate right (back to the A229) then immediate right again). Small car park on the crest. Walk the rest of the road, then cross the road at the junction and follow the steps down straight to Kit's Coty. No good for the Countless Stones though, unless you enjoy a walk.

This was a repeat visit after my New Year's Day trip which resulted in corrupted photos (see my entry for the Chestnuts. I think I must be fated as, having checked 3 sets of batteries the previous night, 2 sets were dead when I got there! Changing camera batteries in the rain is not a pleasant experience...

Anyway, the stones seemed very sad, sitting alone on the edge of the field, caged as they are. There was a lot more site damage compared to my visit on the 1st. Lots of chalked graffitti - childishly scrawled pentagrams probably reflecting the mental age of the idiots who do this kind of thing. Some flowers (memorial wreaths) had been left outside the railings - easily moved, but they seemed very fresh so I left them as they were. The worst damage was at the 'back', against one of the uprights where it looked as if someone had tried to dig a small pit against the base of the stone.

I suppose, trying to be reasonable, this damage is minor compared to the 19c names and dates carved into the stones, and to the much more major damage of having had the full burial mound removed which left the uncovered stones as they can be seen today. For all that, I wish these idiots would just leave them as they are, to be enjoyed.

Whilst there, we also popped into the Countless Stones, but I was unsuccessful in finding the White Horse Stone - it's not clearly marked on my map, and the footpaths were extremely muddy and slippery in the rain.

Didn't bother with Addington or Coldrum this time round - there's always another day. Rushed back and had a wonderful Thai meal in Welling on the way home.
ocifant Posted by ocifant
27th January 2003ce
Edited 13th April 2004ce

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