Frant is a pretty village on the border of Kent and East Sussex – the town itself was known for smuggling in the 17th and 18th century.
This week I was riding solo, I would have taken the pup but it turns out Kent/East Sussex has some peculiar rules on this…
I parked up close to ‘The George Inn’ and headed past the Sunday drinkers and some pretty lovely vintage cars that were lining the road – from here I took a right and lost the path straight away before someone pointed me in the right direction and I started off on this weeks adventure.
The walk out of Frant starts in woodland, which had a tropical musk in the summer heat, the Bracken was particularly on point.
From the woodland I came out at a farm, headed through the yard and back into more woodland on the other side, which led me out onto a golf course (always nerve-racking) so I stole a golf ball to smuggle back as a souvenir – in tribute to the heritage of Frant.
After the golf course I crossed a train track and cut down into yet more woodland – I only walked past one other group over the whole day so the woodland was especially great for getting a hit of peacefulness.
Next up, I crossed a road and was confronted with a wall of nettles and thistles where the path was meant to be
Luckily there was a pretty good presence of dock leaves too, so I made it through with legs that were red, stinging and pleasantly soothed!
The final part of my walk took me past some old industrial buildings and through High woods. Banksy – the local graffiti artists – are not, but they had definitely mastered how to spray paint on stuff.
On the circle back around to Frant I spotted something pretty unique.
At the side of a quiet country road on the Kent/Sussex border, someone has taken the time to lay a 3 meter squared section of crazy paving, complete with a single plastic garden chair and a wet floor cone.
I miss the North sometimes.
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