The Extraordinary Beauty That Is Dungeness

I had an amazing day today.  A day that was unexpected in its loveliness because we had a broad plan but no details, no itinerary and not much expectation other than a pleasant trip to Dungeness.

I ate breakfast with Harvey; leftover mashed sweet and white potato with about 1/3 of a can of baked beans and a cup of tea.IMG_5472Rebecca and I had decided to have a little day trip somewhere and we chose Dungeness.  Both of us have been there previously and had fond memories so were looking forward to going back.

Dungeness is a barren landscape of mainly little houses dotted about on the shingle, with a small railway,  dominated by the power station and to a lesser extent, 2 lighthouses.  An astonishing array of plants manage to survive out here and there is a large RSPB sanctuary.fullsizeoutput_1166There is a mediocre “restaurant” next to the railway but the coffee was acceptable and it provided a safe place to park.  While we drank our coffee the train arrived.P1080923It’s a very basic driver’s cabin.P1080922You wouldn’t want to sit in here for long.P1080921We were surprised by how long it is.P1080918




P1080929We decided to begin with a walk around the large black lighthouse.  When we got closer we could see it was open so we went inside and then decided to climb to the top.  169 very steep steps up to the narrow top.

Luckily there are different floors within the lighthouse with displays to look at and catch one’s breath.  Such as these guides to identifying “Communist” naval flags and Soviet submarines and warships.

As well as providing a useful lookout point during war, the lighthouse was obviously used to warn ships of land approaching which, given the high number of shipwrecks around this part of the coast, was very necessary.fullsizeoutput_116bThis glass was beautiful.

This is a selfie of me looking at Rebecca through the glass (you can see her hand holding her phone on the right hand side) with the power station, which was behind me, reflected in the glass.  It was beautiful and slightly psychedelic.fullsizeoutput_1164Onwards and upwards – this is not a trip for those scared of heights.P1080942This room would once have contained a desk and notes were taken and stored about weather conditions.  There was an interesting display in the curved wooden cabinet , which perfectly fits agains the rounded wall.  Nowadays the lighthouse, like most in Britain, is run by computer rather than by man.

There is a very steep ascent to the top, almost up a ladder and then there you are, beside the magnificent great lens.  We did not go up this ladder which is for use when maintaining the lens.

There is a very small doorway which leads outside to a walkway round the top of the lighthouse.  The walkway is open but you feel safe as there is a barrier that is about shoulder height.

P1080951The inside of the metal door had a charming wooden handle.P1080954The handle on the weathered outside door was beautiful.P1080960P1080961I really enjoyed walking round the top and appreciating the extraordinary view.P1080956It is open on this little walkway so easy to take photos.  Here is the power station.fullsizeoutput_116eWhen we came down we walked around these houses.fullsizeoutput_116fWe also walked round the circular building which was the base of a previous lighthouse.  It is currently used for holiday lets.P1080957You can also get a better view of the lens from the outside.P1080959

P1080962Time to go down.

P1080965Look how thick the walls are!P1080966Back in the gift shop at the bottom where we bought a postcard each.  I am definitely coming here again as I LOVE LOVE LOVED it.fullsizeoutput_1170We then had a truly splendid couple of hours, pottering about on the shingle, looking at everything this extraordinary landscape has to offer.

We began by walking round the base of an old lighthouse.

So many beautiful flowers and sea kale out here.

We then walked close to the power station.

fullsizeoutput_1177The wall seems to bear scars.fullsizeoutput_1178



P1080985It’s a big old place.fullsizeoutput_117bThen on towards some of the houses which are perched on the shingle with no boundaries marked out.

We were both really happy to come across 4 art studios/galleries which were open.

fullsizeoutput_1180These are such cute little huts, used as galleries or studios.fullsizeoutput_1181


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fullsizeoutput_1186This shop was run by the “litter collector” who has made a sculpture of all the litter he has picked up along the beach; dummies, shoes, diving gear and even a guitar!fullsizeoutput_118a




fullsizeoutput_118bWe walked over to the “new” lighthouse.fullsizeoutput_118cI seem to have managed to miss the top of the lighthouse!  It was actually hard to take photos because it was so bright I couldn’t see what I was taking for much of the time.fullsizeoutput_118dTime to head back to the car.fullsizeoutput_118eOn the way home we went to the RSPB reserve – you can see the power station in the background.  We were only here for a short while as we didn’t have binoculars and we were also feeling the need for some food, drink and respite from the sun and wind.  Plus a certain young man needed collecting from school so we came home, having been out all day.  I was really hungry here as we had missed lunch so I bought the only 2 vegan options in the RSPB shop: a bag of crisps and a NAKD bar.fullsizeoutput_118fWhen I got home I made myself a smoothie with 4 apricots, 2 bananas, coconut water and hemp seeds.  This was refreshing and hydrating.IMG_5479While I brought my washing in from the line, a pair of these butterflies rested on my laundry basket.  Pretty.fullsizeoutput_1165For dinner we had brown rice with stir fried red and green peppers, red onion, courgette and carrots with marinated tofu and black sesame seeds, served with avocado mashed with lime juice, green chilies and soy sauce.  I didn’t add any pickles as it was already very flavoursome.fullsizeoutput_1190That was a fabulous day.  Very enjoyable with lots of walking and lots of nutritious food.  I can’t wait to go back to Dungeness.


About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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