Going through the newly unlocked gate was a significant moment of achievement. Our team celebrated with a cheer! Thanks to our friend Ranger Nathan from the White Cliffs Countryside Project for his key action.
Our group of wheeled participants, men and women, younger and older, embarked on an adventure together to explore the most accessible areas.
Walkers and passers-by all commented on how they enjoyed seeing seeing the Accessible Nature Experience taking place.
We journeyed carefully along the route, stopping to learn snippets about this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and to connect with the land scape, as well as navigating over uneven and bumpy terrain.
Some took photos of views they had longed to capture, others enjoyed nibbling ripe blackberries and others soaked up the atmosphere and sunlight.
We looked at some of the wild flowers that grow in the Warren and found evidence of the rabbits that give it its name. Stopping to hear about the Warren's history, we also had a reading from Russell Hoban's post-apocalyptic novel based in Kent, Riddley Walker.
In the novel, Folkestone has become Fork Stoan and the Warren is The Warnings. A recommended read!
The group all reached the beach, even though some wheeled equipment is better suited than others. Some needed a gentle push by our Support Walkers.
Norman, one of our regular participants, commented the next day: "We are still smiling today. Memories."
With thanks to the landowners Network Rail.
Our Wheeled Warren Adventures will take place monthly.
See https://wildwithwheels.com for details of dates and times.
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