A Road Trip in Kent

A Road Trip in Kent

Taking a Road Trip in Kent was a passageway into a new kind of life for us; it was the first time we’d embarked in professional house sitting and it was the first time that we would reach a place before having any idea why we wanted to go.

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And what it started has snowballed into a desire to fully explore the UK on an ambitious ‘Ultimate British Road Trip’.

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Yes we are travellers at heart but coming to Britain was essentially about settling down and finding some roots while we spend some quality time with my friends and family on this corner of the globe and try to attain an Australia partnership visa. But for me there was something else… I wanted to woo Prue into loving the UK. Now that doesn’t mean she is in any way against my homeland but I knew that she didn’t have any inclination of its full potential.

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And after our Road Trip in Kent, I realised that neither did I.

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We’ll talk more about house sitting another time but overall it is offering us the chance to fill in the little gaps that we crave while travelling. Like the ability to take things extra slow, to cook our own food and everything else that we cringe about in It’s Time To Travel The World Again and I’m So… Urrrrmmm… Dreading it! But most importantly it gives us the ability to spend time with animals, something that we utterly crave.

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So while in Australia Prue plunged head first into attaining us a house sit in the UK. We’d never heard of Rochester, never mind a little place called Cliffe Woods and neither of us had ever owned a “Staffy” dog… perfect! From that conclusion we got to meet Bart, a gorgeous old boy who was willing to walk us around his landscape both near and afar. He also offered us enough affection to brighten up England’s bleak January evenings.

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Ultimate British Road Trip Kent
Dearest Bart

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Thanks to Bart and his parents lovely house we got to place a little piece of the UK puzzle while living very comfortably at home. Some of what we learned about the area I should have already known, especially being such a huge fan of Charles Dickens. But did I realise that he was inspired by the village of Cobham and scripted some of his first ever novel in The Leather Bottle pub? Did I know that in his final days he was seen leaning against the bars of Rochester’s park? No I did not, and I may never have found out had it not been for Prue making the southern side of the thames our destiny.

 

And then just after falling in love with its history Kent wowed us with its beauty. Here’s the highlights from our Road Trip in Kent:

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Ultimate British Road Trip, our week in Kent

The white cliffs of Dover can be accessed for free from St Margaret’s at Cliffe.

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Ultimate British Road Trip, our week in Kent

South east Kent possesses the UK’s prettiest churches, mostly are hidden in Romney Marsh. The Church of St Mary the Virgin is one example.

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Ultimate British Road Trip Kent
Ultimate British Road Trip Kent

Get close to Charles Dickens by visiting Cobham village, The Leather Bottle free-house and many other places that haunt his delightful books. We even found out that we’d slept in the same hotel as the man himself!

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Ultimate British Road Trip, Road Trip in Kent
Ultimate British Road Trip, Road Trip in Kent

Dungeness Hamlet is a strange place indeed, a scattering of fisherman houses (including Jarman’s prospect cottage), lighthouses and boat skeletons strewn about Europe’s largest area of Shingle. It’s also a habitat for a variety of otherwise absent insects in Britain.

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Ultimate British Road Trip Kent

Rochester offers one of the best night walks of any historic city I have ever visited. An ominous looking castle backed by a jagged cathedral and surrounded by crumbling walls…

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Ultimate British Road Trip, our week in Kent

… Oh and morning walks too.

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We didn’t see it all but that was never our intention, our intention was to be wooed by somewhere we’d never heard of… and Kent definitely succeeded in that!

 


 

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Rebecca Mayoll is a ‘just turned 30’ freelance writer and photographer from England. She is the co-founder and author of straightondetour.com, a travel website with the mantra ‘find your own adventure.’ Promoting adventurous destinations, independent travel and giving a humorous insight to the World of travel is what Becky does best.

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