http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015mqp2

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015mqp2
Paleolithic rock shelter.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

DOVER GUNS AND LANGDON SEARCHLIGHT BATTERY

FALCO PERIGRINUS,OUR PHOTOGRAPHER DID A GOOD JOB AGAINST ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE ODDS TO GET THESE PICS.A SECOND BIRD WHIZZED UP JUST IN FRONT OF US AND TURNED AND DIVED DOWN THE CLIFF,ALL OVER IN A FLASH!



PANORAMA
PANORAMA






TRACK OF WW2 GUN RAILWAY(THEY USED DIESEL SHUNTERS TO AVOID SMOKE)








THE SEARCHLIGHT POSITION LOOKING TOWARDS DOVER DOCKS (EASTERN)
A WRECK ON THE SEA BED AT LOW ISH TIDE
A BEACHCOMBER WHO SHOULD REALLY KNOW BETTER

FINDING OUR WAY TO THE SECRET STEPS DOWN TO THE BEACH

ST MARGARETS BAY IS REALLY QUITE NICE WITH A LITTLE TEA HUT THAT SERVES EXCELLENT CHIPS AND HAS TWO NICE LADIES IN CHARGE
SOME NICE OLD HOUSES IN THE VILLAGE,SOME OF THEM 250 YEARS OLD
WHERE THE RAIL TRACK CROSSED THE ROAD TO ST MARGARETS A PICE OF RAIL LINE USED AS A FENCE POST ( A DEAD GIVEAWAY)
THE BUSTLING DOCKS WITH IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE PASSED THROUGH FRANCE TO GET TO THIS STONE SET IN A SILVER SEA ,THIS ENGLAND .
1280 x 1024 hi res
THIS SHOWS(AFTER A FASHION)THE RAIL NETWORK TRACES AFTER WW2 OF THE LARGE GUNS ON DOVER CLIFF.LOOK AT CROP MARKS AND TREE AND HEDGE LINES.THE NETWORK WAS MUCH MORE EXTENSIVE THAN SHOWN
ALSO DOWN ON LANGDON BEACH AT THE FOOT OF THE CLIFFS IA A SEARCHLIGHT BATTERY POSITION
DOVER LANGDON BEACH>
Well,we Rv'd at the Caff by the Coastguard station and then set off up the valley to the farm at Guston,by the barracks.Over the A2 and on to the downs where we traced the route of the railway guns and i traced the route of a rabbit hole nearly breaking my leg.
We set off across the well marked path after the farm and after a couple of miles came to St Margarets village.We thought we would explore down on the beach this time and it was worth a visit.After our coffee break ,we set off up the Saxon shore Way to the South Foreland Lighthouse (Closed)and then along the famous cliff top.I,being ex Royal Observer Corps,was the first to spot a bird of prey and thought it was a sparrowhawk,but my comrades after binocular examination,decided it was a Perigrine Falcon and lo and behold there was a second one flying over the cliffs.We went down on to the beach via the tortuous path (the brave ones of us)
and then returned and made our way back to the car park.
Roast Beef Yorkshire Pudding Jersey potatoes,peas Carrots and Broccoli,and a glass of wine.
now I am ready to sleep
6 of us 9 miles 4.5 hours lots af argy-bargy

Monday, May 25, 2009

HARRIETSHAM AIRFIELD Wds 27 may


THE VILLAGE SQUARE AT THE HAM ON THE RIVER LEN (LENHAM)the shop on the left sells enormous sausage rolls
ABOVE IS THE ANCIENT TRACKWAY FROM STONE HENGE TO DOVER
IT DOESN'T LOOK MUCH DOES IT ?ITS ON THE CREST TO AVOID BOGGY BITS
A QUITE NICE STILE ,AND DRY.SOME TODAY WERE VERY SLIPPERY
THE POSSIBLE LOCATION FOR THE AIRFILED (NO TREES AFTER 90 ODD YEARS)


THE NEW NATURE RESERVE


THIS IS ME COGITATING,AND BEING STARTLED BY THE CAMERA FLASH
This almost looks like an oil painting,apart from the idiot in the woods spoiling it.








The man that shot it down looking very pleased with himself (and so he should)

A grave marker for two of the German/Prussian crew
A picture of the shot-down/crash landed Gotha bomber on the hilltop

What? I hear you ask-what airfield?
WW1 as an airfield to intercept Zepplins and later Gothas(my family bombed by latter in Albany Rd London)
one Gotha crash landed on the flarepath there late in the war
in WW2 was a "starfish"site (QF)a dummy airfiled with oil fires and moving lights to attract bombs.
the picture shows interesting crop marks .
The RV was Lenham village car park,for which ,directions had been sent(and ignored as usual)
Stopping briefly for a sausage roll at the excellent bakers in the village square,we crossed th A20 trunk road and went through the crops up to the NDW at the crest of the hill.We soon crossed the Ancient Trackway which dates back over 5,000 years (see picture)and was a trade route
to the west of England.We the crossed the site of the Airfiled mentioned above and the Decoy site (WW2)although no sign remains of it.(maybe the nissen huts at Little Pivington Farm may be from there )then on toPayden street and OakenPole wood ,then east of Warren Street Water Tower,down waterditch lane to the NDW and then back to lenham
It was raining fit to sting your face,and we all had to put our waterproofs on,and discuss the inability of gentlemen of a certain age ,to do this without falling over.
We passed several Dene Holes (flint mines) and the flints here were of the honey coloured type and large ,and were sought after by the knuckle-draggers,for their workability (see British Museum)
Some pix later when the film comes back from the chemist
7 miles and 6 of us (yes its only 7-- I can't make it any more chaps!)