Skirting the edge Leg 4
Hey another day and another county this time Kent. The roads to start with were similar to those of the later half of the Yesterday, long long pebble beeches, this time mixed in with the White chalk cliffs. As with previous days my plans to stop and take a sand sample were somewhat scuppered due the lack of sand (pebbles seem to rule the South and South East coasts of the UK. But I did find 3 today where I was able to stop (without being charged £4 – 8 to park) and collect sand samples. The scenery today is nothing like those of Cornwall and Devon, but it has its own charm.
So after leaving Eastbourne, that age old joke about the best view of a place is in the rear view mirror came to mind. Cannot understand it. In fact trying to sum up the south coast resorts only two appeal, Bournemouth and Bognor. The rest just came across to me like Eastbourne as a place to go to die and in the mean time wander the sea fronts and live in smelly hotels. I know that a bit narrow minded, but that my impression of Bournemouth onwards heading East towards (and including) Margate
There are obviously some great places, but I have to keep my eye on the larger prize of the entire coast line. Time doesn’t allow me to stop everywhere and compare ice cream parlours, public parks and hotels. So most of the view and opinions are on the spot, time of the day, weather dependant (etc) instant decisions.
So today as I said started in Eastbourne and headed East towards Margate, then turned West along the North Kent coast till Gravesend was reached. So the first stop was made nice and early at Normans Bay, which was empty at the time (was about 7am)
The weather was looking a bit drizzly but it remained dry and by the end of today the sun was out, next on route along the coast where I was able to stop was Camber., a nice golden sandy beech just outside Rye.
From here it was past Dungeness Power station and along the very bumpy coast lane, following this eventually into Hythe and onwards to Folkestone. There is a special place in the UK were all the various sized potholes and worn out tarmac centre and it appears to be in Folkestone, it was rough on the car, so just after I had to pull over and check the car over. Nothing to report.
Dover was full of lorries form various parts of the UK and EU / beyond, so I didn’t stop, I drove up to the castle but again the costs to park put me off. Various other beeches with parking (where I could stop, jump out, take a picture, get back in the car and drive off before a warden copped me) followed.
Much smaller seaside resorts followed including Seasalter, one café which closed for lunch !
I was way ahead of time so decided to spend the time driving the two islands I didn’t think I would have time for, The isle of Sheppey and the Hoo Pensula (Isle of Grain for those who wonder). I got to Laysdown on Sea, which is the Blackpool of the North Kent Coast.
So the last stop of the day was the Isle of Grain, and the LNG tanks.
So that the Most Southerly Point reached, the entire south coast driven and 1162 miles on the clock so far. Tomorrow sees a emergency stop in Southend to collect a spare radiator (as this on is using K seal to keep it sealed and it doing well but I have so far to go) I could get it changed but I am in two minds. If it isn’t leaking now don’t try to fix it, and end up costing a load of time on the road, as I have to reach Lowestoft tomorrow and its a long way. I will sleep on that one and decide tomorrow.