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Folkestone Harbour Arm and Station

Staycation!

The idea of this trip was to go to the bakery on the Harbour Arm called Dockers and a walk across to get some seafood from one of the stalls on the opposite side of the harbour.

After bread buying from the bakery housed in a group of lorry containers we had a coffee at the Harbour Coffee and then along the Arm to see what was open. Not a lot at this stage of the morning.

Folkestone Harbour Arm

Folkestone Harbour Arm

Folkestone Harbour Arm Good Van

Folkestone Harbour Arm Good Van

On the entrance the arm is part of the huge concrete bulkhead where the ship moored. On it is a rather odd yellow sign... Telling us it is a..... Large Concrete Structure!!!

Large Concrete Structure!!

Large Concrete Structure!!

As you can see the Harbour Arm has a railway line. Next door is the old Folkestone Harbour Station. A loop line used to leave the main London to Dover line after Folkstone Central station and curve round and down to the town, crossing the harbour on a viaduct and into the station.

The trains arrived to meet the Boat/Train ferries operated by British Railways and then the passengers passed through customs and onto the ferry for the journey across to Boulogne.

Such a shame that the ferry service ended some years ago, Boulogne is so much nicer than Calais!

Recently the station has been the subject of renovation and hopefully some of the rooms will be opened but at the moment signal box is used at a cafe.

I took a few photos on my phone.

Folkestone Harbour Station and Signal Box

Folkestone Harbour Station and Signal Box

Folkestone Harbour Station the sea end of Platform 2

Folkestone Harbour Station the sea end of Platform 2

Folkestone Harbour Station along Platform 1

Folkestone Harbour Station along Platform 1

Folkestone Harbour Station and Signal Box - view towards town

Folkestone Harbour Station and Signal Box - view towards town

Folkestone Harbour Station Platform 2 Triennial Art on Beach

Folkestone Harbour Station Platform 2 Triennial Art on Beach

Folkestone Harbour Station Statue of the Travellers

Folkestone Harbour Station Statue of the Travellers

Folkestone Harbour Station Sign

Folkestone Harbour Station Sign

From here we walked across the pedestrianised viaduct to the other side of the harbour so that we could visit Bob's Seafood to get a prawn and seafood mix to have on our Dockers baguette.

A short trip out from home, but staycations don't have to mean staying in your own country and travelling mils and miles.

So where next?

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The White Cliffs of Dover

Staycation - No bluebirds

sunny 15 °C

Sadly there are no bluebirds to fly over the White Cliffs of Dover. There never were any. There are however magpies and jackdaws. The corvids supplement their diet by scavenging amongst the tables outside the visitor centre and café; there are always crumbs and things to purloin.

Our visit today was to have a walk in the autumn sunshine and give Reggie, our Patterdale X, a walk where he can get his nose around new smells.

It is also our 20th Wedding Anniversary. Much better weather than on that day back in 2000.

As members of the National Trust we wet in free to all their sites, although "free" comes after we have paid to be members. As seniors we do save a couple of pounds each year.

Dover is about 15 miles from our house, so this was definitely a staycation day. Despite it being a weekday and October, there were a lot of people enjoying the walks across the top of the cliffs from the parking and visitor centre.

Our first stop was as usual for coffee and as it is a special occasion Claire bought a sausage roll each. Reggie has his own water and treats that I carry on my back! Sometimes going out with a dog is like going equipped for a baby. Poo bags instead of nappies (diapers to the non UK)

We set off via the car to pick up that gear and then took the cliff edge walk. After Storm Alex last week and into the weekend I had expected it to be much muddier and more slippery but the chalk path was okay. Some of the other steps cut into the chalk were very wet and muddy.

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Luckily we didn't meet anyone else on the narrow bits. The drop to the right is only about 75 feet onto a lower ledge that is quite wide. You would have be a a complete idiot to find yourself in the sea!

The first part of the walk overlooks Dover Eastern Docks. This is where the ferries from France come in and leave from. Despite Covid-19 and various lockdowns the movement of trucks seems to be unabated.

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There is also a really good view of Dover Castle.

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Our walk took us along Langdon Cliff until we got to the muddy bit. Despite being in walking boots we opted to turn back and take the higher route but not before taking a few photos of the famous White Cliffs.

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Remains of the wartime buildings

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The Trust uses ponies to keep the grasslands natural and we were lucky to come across a few of them on the way back. Reggie doesn't really react to farm animals but as instructed we keep him on a lead in case he decides to act differently one day!

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From here it was back to the visitor centre for a loo break and Claire to visit the shop. Reg and I had a wander across the entry road as he isn't allowed in the shop. Not that he'd want to buy anything anyway, and of course, he doesn't have any money ….

Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre

large_DSC00034.JPGReggie Exploring

Reggie Exploring

And then home. A nice few hours on the English coast and it didn't rain.

One Man and his Dog

One Man and his Dog

Oddly when I got home I noticed my phone had received a message whilst I was out. It was from Tesco Mobile welcoming me to France. Err. France. I was about 22 miles from France on the White Cliffs.

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Standen House and Garden

National Trust Staycation

Another weekend and another "staycation" drive out. This time to Standen House, another National Trust managed property.

This one is special as the finest example of the William Morris' Arts and Crafts movement at the end of the 19th century. The house is as it would have been with the dining room restored to "as is" from from the 1920's.

It took a while to get there with the route TomTom decided on. Only 71 miles but it took nearly an hour and a half.

Only the ground floor is open as the upstairs isn't wide enough to allow social distancing.

As with any property trying to stay open during the pandemic and aftermath, public safety is a top priority. Entry is by pre-booked ticket (booked online) with limited numbers and timed entry. There was a small queue to get into the house itself, controlled by a traffic light system and a one way route around the ground floor.

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

William Morris Arts and Crafts wallpaper

William Morris Arts and Crafts wallpaper

William Morris Arts and Crafts wallpaper

William Morris Arts and Crafts wallpaper

As we had left the dog at home we only did the house this weekend, and decided to come back and do the walks in the 12 acres of gardens when he can come too. Maybe if the weather holds up we can come back in a few weeks otherwise it will be next year.

The TomTom took us home the country route rather than the motorway route. In the end it took about the same time and we got to see some parts of Kent that we hadn't seen before. We forget that our own county the weald is very beautiful between the towns and villages.

A few more photos.

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Posted by InvictaMoto 16:07 Archived in England Tagged arts_and_crafts national_trust standen_house Comments (0)

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