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Name:Ratley Hills
Hill number:18613
Height:77m / 253ft
Parent (Ma):3686  Botley Hill
RHB Section:42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight
County/UA:Medway (UA)
Catchment:Medway, Catchment Boundaries, Thames
Watershed:Greater Thames Estuary
Class:Tump (0-99m)
Grid ref:TQ 74401 73210
Summit feature:no feature: ground on N side of path
Col:32m  TQ736726  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 178
(1:25k) 163
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 27 users)ByDate of Ascent
Walking around the woods and picked this upKent Mark23/04/2020
very very muddyDenise 21/01/2020
From the N, muddy footpath from Cooling Common then bridleway along ridge to summit. Orange skies of sunset through the leafless trees.RichardM21/01/2020
First hill bag of the decade. Relatively close to home so a quick drive out in the evening. Approached via a footpath from the estate to the south and worked my way though the woods and up the hill. Then took the other path that returned me in to the east of the estate via a long path down between gardens. Very, very, very muddy. Dog went straight in the bath.MysteriousSue17/01/2020
From Path opposite 10 Hilton RoadBramley30/08/2019
Parked opposite 10 Hilton Road, then path to woodland summit.Dugswell203/05/2019
Simple walk along bridleway from East. Then circled back in woods at dusk. Nicenickywood116/11/2018
Bridle way off Hale Road.clivevilla27/04/2018
From estate to the west and then up marked fp.Campbell Singer19/04/2018
Couldn't find path from estate. Drove round to right angle bend in minor road to NNE. Then path south to summit ridge, then path SW.ngthack29/11/2017
Short circular from estate.rhalstead09/09/2017
up track from estate, saw blue bells and a grey squirrel. Barking dog in garden at house at start of pathcjo11/04/2017
as for PeterDarranc14/03/2017
From estate along FP, HP close to junction with sign.PeterD25/11/2016
From the estate, found GA's FP OK. Muddy little track, ended up heading approx 10m NW off the RoW seeking a HP, but all in vain really, might as well stick to the path. Tickjonglew01/07/2016
From housing to west. Ratley Hill lies on The Hoo Peninsula,surrounded by the North Kent marshes SSSI. The dominating tall chimney belongs to Kingsnorth power station which since opening in 1967 has burned coal and oil. The location was chosen due to the proximity to London(who wanted the electricity), the availability of cooling water from the River Medway, and deep-water berthing for oil tankers and colliers. In 1987 Greenpeace scaled the chimney abseiled down and painted Gordon on the side (should have said Gordon bin it, but they ran out of time overnight) as a protest against fossil fuel pollution and the damage caused by climate change -upheld later in court as grounds for a rightful protest. In 2013 the plant was closed as it had not been adapted to meet emissions targets, and had run out of its allocated operating hours under EU environmental laws.Chris Pearson15/06/2015
Path through new estate really does exist with signposts, but took a bit of finding. Parked at 7405 7315 at narrow entrance to path leading up to the top. Mud baked into hard ridges todayGordonAdshead19/04/2015
V muddy track from estate to W.RHW21/02/2015
As Mark. Best path from 741732. Mud and more mud.destaylor06/03/2014
Higham circular. Junction of bridleway & track seemed adequate summit from GPS readings. Off path is very brambly.Smudge06/10/2013
andrew brown22/01/2019