Wednesday, October 24, 2007
LYDD VILLAGE TO DUNGENESS AND BACK
A grey day,windy and not very warm,no sun.
We RV at Lydd Church which we examined for the mythical boat mooring rings(none found)as the church is only a couple of metres above sea level,and the tide used to come this far inland hundreds of years ago.Seven of us walked through the overflow graveyard and made for the Dengemarsh road,and past the old gravel pits that are now watersports venues.We turned onto the Army firing range and walked to the lookout tower on the beach,where we stopped to have our coffee.There then followed the most difficult walk of nearly 2 years along the loose shingle beach.Its the second largest shingle beach in the world,and we staggered along 3 miles of it.
A few intrepid line fishermen on the beach and a dead porpoise(?)very little driftwood or flotsam.
It was incredibly tiring,using normally unused muscles,and only the thought of stopping at the pub motivated us.
We eventually arrived at Dungeness Nuclear power station and walked to the pub.
The Britannia was busy,but efficient and the food was good.After an half-hour or so we set off again,being somewhat confused by the complete lack of footpath signs,so had to walk on compass bearings.After crossing the road to the power station through a gate,we could see Lydd church way in the distance and used it as a homing point.
More shingle ,but this time interspersed with mossy plants,and a surprising amount of WW2 shrapnel.This was the result of the gun lines set up in 1944,that successfully shot down hundreds of V1 flying bombs.Passing the Nature reserve offices,we decided to use the road to get back to the village as we were fed up with the shingle by now.
After 5.5 hours we were back at the cars.Probably the most demanding walk we have ever done,but morale was high.We actually did a the equivalent of a half-marathon , owing to the difficult terrain
Next week a shorter one.
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