A few months ago my wife and I decided to have a drive down to the coast and walk along the white cliffs of Dover, We grabbed the dog,camera and a jacket and off we went. About an hour later we parked in a spot and once we were booted up and dog on a lead off we went, 10 mins later and after talking to another dog walker we found we were at the wrong place and could not get to the cliffs this way. Boots off, dog back in the car and 1 mile later we were at the correct place. Boots back on dog on lead and again we set off.
This is the starting point, above the port of Dover.
Dover is the world’s busiest passenger port, with 16 million travellers, 2.1 million lorries, 2.8 million cars and motorcycles and 86,000 coaches passing through it each year.
Once you turn your back on the port and walk a few hundred yards, this is the view.
You can now walk for as long as you like, with the next point of interest being the South Foreland Lighthouse and then down into St Margarets Bay, Kingsdown, Walmer and Deal, we were meeting friends in Deal for lunch so after a couple of hours walk we were back in the car. We decided to drive to Deal along the coast road and as we went through St Margaret’s at Cliffe, Jeanette spotted a neat looking house for sale, I carried on driving thinking nothing of it, we ended up down at the bay and realised we could not drive to Deal this way and had to go back up the hill, on doing this I said we’ll go back and check out the house, this was it.
It’s an old fire station and was built in 1970 in St Margaret’s and was one of the first fire stations in Kent to alert the crew by Pocket Alerter instead of the traditional siren. Kent Fire Brigade was rebranded Kent Fire & Rescue Service on 1 October 2003. The station closed on 1 April 2012 along with nine other fire stations in Kent due to restructuring by Kent Fire & Rescue Service.
Anyway to cut a long story short, we put an offer in,(accepted) and we picked up the keys last Friday, it’s our new holiday home.
I found a couple of old photos on the net.
And before you ask, No there is not a pole inside, only the flag pole outside.
For those who would like to follow the adventures of my Brother and his wife as they cruise around the world please check out his travel blog here
I-phone Friday comes of course from Hastings, where the wife and I spent last weekend.
First night in a nice Turkish restaurant, seat covers took a bit of getting use too.
But the Lamps were nice.
Finish the night as we started.
A walk down the Old Town the following morning.
Some cool looking shops, shame it was closed.
I think I’m off to Israel on Monday, and its to the rig with no wi-fi, so have a great weekend and i’ll post again as soon as I can.
We got another break in the weather and checked out the East Lift.
Built some ten years later than it’s sister on the West Hill, (we didn’t find the West Hill Lift until our last day) the East Hill Lift was first opened in April 1902 and carries passengers up the cliff to the picturesque glens. The East Hill Lift is the steepest funicular railway in the country with an angle of 38 degrees (1 in 2.8 gradient). There is a tank underneath the two cars that is filled with water at the top and emptied at the bottom. The original Victorian cars are still in use today.
I’m not sure if the tanks are still in use today, didn’t see any under the cars and the turn around is very quick.
Short but steep.
Great bit of Engineering.
View from the top of the Old Town, the Old Town is full of Antique/Junk shops of which we spent hours in.
Still in Hastings,
The prominent net huts on the beach in Hastings Old Town are made of clinker weather boarding and stand an average of 25 feet high. These unique wooden buildings were originally used as workshops and storage for nets, sails and ropes.
In 1934 the Borough Council restricted the area allowed for each net hut to eight square feet because of the limited space between the cliffs and the sea. To overcome this problem the fishermen built their equipment stores upwards to maximise the allowed space and constructed three stories, one above the other.
About 45 of these unique structures can still be seen today and they are considered one of Hastings most famous and internationally known landmarks. Many more were originally built but have been destroyed by strong seas during the past 150 years. The council also demolished some during the 1950’s to clear the beach area for development.
With the advent of nylon nets there was less need for workshops and the buildings main use became storage. The remaining net huts are still used for this purpose today and are regularly maintained to withstand the elements.
These net huts were just great to look at but just as nice to smell, yeah you read it right, the mixture of tar, fish and salty sea air was great.
Disclaimer: I don’t normally go around smelling building.
From a different angle, and 35mins later the sun is coming out.
5 minutes later, clear skies and some great colours.
Hope you all had a great weekend, I managed to take the wife away and spend a relaxing weekend in Hastings, we stayed in a stunning 5 star B&B called The Cloudesley in St Leonards-on-Sea, just a short walk from the old town in Hastings.
Hastings is a town and borough in the county of East Sussex on the south coast of England. The town is located 53 miles south east of London, and has an estimated population of 86,900.
In historical terms, Hastings can claim fame through its connection with the Norman conquest of England; and also because it became one of the medieval Cinque Ports. Hastings was, for centuries, an important fishing port; although nowadays much reduced, it still has the largest beach-based fishing fleet in England. The town became a watering place in the 1760s, and then, with the coming of the railway, a seaside resort.