Wednesday, July 08, 2009
CLIFF TOP CAFE FOLKESTONE CIRCULAR WALK
The cliffs cascaded down in 1914 in a big landslip
He's back from Canada and doing good work helping old geezers
This is the way back up to the cliff top at the second martello tower.
Landslip seen a bit better
Indiana Jones lookylikey
This is the concrete sea defence ,which is very large at the base of the cliffs.It diminishes further on,and then peters out ,with just irregular sized boulders on the beach and around the headland to the harbour
The path starts at the Cliff top Cafe and zig zags down the cliff face and then enters an overgrown area with lush green plants,its slightly dangerous,with a long fall if you slip.
Some recent work to improve the path ,with vertically set paving,to hold the steps in place.
We have never climbed up it-only down
Same RVP and time,the above cafe.I had breakfast ,which I had to share with a gannet.
We started down the cliff face,a little wary after last night's torrential rain,but lost no one .
Over the rail line via the bridge,and on to the concrete beach.Turning right,this time,we set off for Folkestone Harbour in the distance.I forgot the Falcon which was out hunting again,viewed from above this time.A good easy walk ,and then we came upon the rocky promontory,and started to clamber over various stones and boulders.We were fairly confident the tide would be OK,but it was strenuous and a little dangerous,with a 40% casualty rate owing to falls(luckily no cameras at the ready.)It seemed to go on and on,and no really good fossils were seen(the object of the exercise)We were assured that around the next bend it would all be OK,but it wasn't,we still had a way to go.Eventually we made it,and sat down for a drink.Then we had the long hard slog back to the top again,with many stops(for me)
At last the top,and the Battle of Britain memorial.Not long after,the cafe hove into view,and we all had ice creams,followed by a mug of tea.
We will not do this one again ,too dodgy.
We will incorporate the easy part at a later date.The rain held off until we were home-super.
5 Miles ,5 of us ,1 minor injury ,1 smashed cell phone and 1 hospital xray and plaster! cloudy breezy
there have been suggestions that it's safer to drive to the seaside,and stare out to sea,with all the car windows wound up,like 99% of visitors do.However we like to live life in the fast lane.