Dungeness – Catch a moment in time…

In Counties, Days Out, En-Route, Kent, Our Journeys, Trip-Types, UK Travel by Gary2 Comments

And when I say Dungeness I mean

The one in the UK. The unique landscape that gave its name to the Dungeness in Washington, USA, which in turn gave its name to the crab you see on many a seafood menu in America. When I see it on a menu, it reminds me of home.

The walk to the sea, Dungeness, Kent, UK

A strange home

Not that I have ever lived at Dungeness, it just sit's in that corner of the UK I call home - the county of Kent. However Dungeness is home to a few. The cottages that dot the landscape, such as Ness Cottage, The Cabin & Vista are examples of a few. There is an eclectic mix of people here, and the environment attracts many different walks of life.

Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, Kent, UK

Prospect Cottage was home to the late Derek Jarman, who was a film director, artist & author who lived his last few years in this isolated environment. Exploring this environment amongst the dog walkers, fishermen & photographers is a peaceful affair.

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A photographer's playground

If you search Google for Dungeness, and switch to images you'll see what I mean.

Slowly decaying craft, left after their useful life had passed.

Cargo containers, now used as storage. You'll see the odd tractor for dragging boats to safety on the shore.

However this landscape is every changing. "Time & tide wait for no man."

So what you capture on your visit may not be there in years to come - you'll have a unique record of this fascinating vista.

A changing landscape

If you were to look at maps of the area over time you can see how it has changed.

You can also see how the abandoned crafts have deteriorated over time.

This images was shot in 2005

This is how it looks in 2017

A working environment

This diverse backdrop has not just had toys placed here to please us photographers.

No, this landscape is a workplace for a few. There remains a small fishing fleet that operate out of Dungeness. If the timing of you visit is opportune you may even see the catch-of-the-day being landed.

If you want you can pick-up your fresh fish at the Dungeness Fish Hut (Except Mondays as the hardworking Fishermen don't go to sea on a Sunday.)

Dungeness is also home to one of the UK's Nuclear power stations, housing two reactors.

Would you like to?

Visit a nuclear power station? Well you can - but you need to apply in advance to allow security checks to be completed. For more information check out the EDF website.

A dangerous environment

For years it would be, initially part of an Island, separate from the mainland, and before the evolution of the landscape turned it into the headland it is today. This landscape was a danger to those who sailed these waters.

The Lighthouses

Originally a beacon served as a warning, before the first Lighthouse was built in 1615. This was to be replaced in 1635 by Lamplough's Tower. As the landscape evolved, and the shoreline moved out, the new Samuel Wyatt's Tower lighthouse was built nearer the sea in 1792.

Only the lighthouse keepers accommodation remains of the Samuel Wyatt's Tower, in the shadow of the fourth lighthouse (The High Light Tower.)

In 1901 constructiuon started of the High Light Tower, before being lit in 1904.

Again, a shifting landscape, and the building of the power station rendered the fourth lighthouse obsolete.

So a fifth was required, and this operational lighthouse entered service in 1961.

You can also

Climb the old lighthouse - it gives you amazing views over the landscape. It's only open at certain times of the year. Check out the Old Lighthouse web-site for more info.

The lifeboat service

The lifeboat service has been present on the headland for over 150 years, records supplied by the {RNLI} indicate a lifeboat had been placed there in 1826. The former Lifeboat station is now a private residence, with the current lifeboat station a few hundred meters north.

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A private environment

It must be remembered that the Dungeness Estate is private and a nature reserve, and as such entering is under terms and conditions. Those are clearly laid out as you pass the entrance.

End of the line

It is also the last stop on the miniature steam railway RH&DR, or Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. The railway springs into full service from Easter, and runs through until November. The open carriages are not fun on a cool & damp autumn day, but good fun in the summer.

Who would not like to ...

... ride on a miniture steam railway. Well you can. Check out the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway website.

Would you like a little more?

We have created a little YouTube video of Dungeness, why not take a look..

Why not subscribe to our channel and get the latest clips as we post them?

A final refreshment

Dungeness only has one pub, The Britannia, run by Britain's oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame.

The Britannia, offers the chance to water those who have trudged through the heavy shale to see the coastline.

Also just outside the estate is the Pilot Inn, another great watering hole offering a decent selection of food.

Have You?

Visited Dungeness? What's your favourite memory? or favourite spot on this landscape?

Inspired to visit Dungeness?

Well it's a little remote - the nearest town of a reasonable size is Hythe.

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