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The adventure begins...

Anywhere we can park up in a pub car park, especially one listed in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide has got to be a good start. A roaring log fire and 4 decent real ales (Fuller's ESB, London Pride, ExmoorGold & Wealden Bitter) makes it even better. The Bowl Inn, hidden about 1 mile from Charing, Kent makes an ideal overnighter, leaving a 40 minute run into Dover tomorrow. The food is basic bar food but good value, well prepared and piping hot. For those with more gourmet tastes, The Plough, a further mile up the track at Stalisfield Green looks to be an excellent gastro-pub, again with a good choice of real ales. But it doesn't open on a Sunday evening, and anyway, the relaxed atmosphere of The Bowl and the apparently free use of their car park overnight makes a good start to the holiday.

It was too wet and murky to take our own photograph.