Wednesday, December 09, 2009
THE 39 STEPS NORTH FORELAND
Three of our group are related to a member of the Lifeboat Crew in the last century.
PALM BAY A FEW PEOPLE WALKING DOGS IN THE DISTANCE
THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH BROADSTAIRS
THE STEPS PROPER
THE ENTRANCE TO THE 39 STEPS (YES REALLY)ACTUALLY 78 STEPS.
THE SIDE OF THE LIFEBOAT STATION AT BROADSTAIRS
BROADSTAIRS BEACH WITH THE TIDE OUT IN WINTER
We rendezvoused at Broadstairs western end,and started off across the bay to the Harbour.We paused at the Lifeboat Station to read the names on the board,one of which is the Great Grandfather of the more distinguished members of our group.We then dropped down on to the beach, as the tide was well out,and walked along under the cliffs.It was mild with little or no wind.We were looking out for the famous 39 steps,and we found them.There were more than 39,but thats showbusiness,we went to the top where our way was barred by a wrought iron gate.
We carried on along the foreshore,and,noting the tankers and cargo ships waiting for the tide,out at sea.
Passing North Foreland,we stopped in a shelter to have our coffee,and then set off back along the cliff tops.We had an option to take the bus but everyone was feeling fit,so we hoofed it.
Past Captain Digby restaurant and along the road by the golf course we crossed back to the beach side.The sun eventually came out as we arived back at Broadstairs and we stopped for a coffee at the Coffee bar with the happy trustworthy proprietor .
Only half a mile to the end now ;-
8.5 miles 6 of us 10C cloudy.
we will do it again in the spring.It's a nice one