When I last posted I was looking over Minnis Bay, Birchington, looking west towards Reculver. The aim was to drive along as much of the coast as possible, stopping to take images of the variations in the Thanet coastline and it’s protection against the sea. Nostalgic memories abounded too of trips to different bays in my youth, whether running or cycling in most cases.
Looking east towards Margate showing how the chalk is now visible.
This is a #skitch annotated image of a sea defence which a local householder originally built to defend his property when I was at school back in the late 1970s. An early brick based defence was eroded behind undoing its effectiveness. The concrete defence is more solid than I remember in the past. The solid base sea wall is one that is familiar along stretches of the chalk in many parts of Thanet from Birchington to Ramsgate.
The top of the cliffs has seen some older residences that I remember have been replaced with large New England style clad properties. The Royal Sea Bathing Hospital at the border of Westbrook and Margate is now residential. Along the seafront at Margate’s Golden Sands there is much evidence of urban decay and new defences run from the harbour which also houses the Turner Contemporary.
On past Cliftonville and Palm Bay, a favourite cliff top location for kiting in the past and memories of being pulled this way and that. The pitch and putt course has gone and in the distance the sewage works has been expanded. Built to blend in as the building mirrors the colouring of the cliffs.
On through the linking housing area to Botany Bay, Kingsgate – used in adverts for BP? And athletes running along the beach. A brief stop and walk down to the beach – makes me realise why am I just rushing rather than enjoying the beach.
Onwards to Joss Bay which in my youth had no sea defences. Then they created a dune to the north side of the beach, then a sea wall that also protects the cliff top properties. I first came here on primary school day trips when I lived in Chatham, Kent in the early 1970s.
There are some paddle boarders out in the bay enjoying the calm conditions.
If I had continued the cliffs maintain this height and even rise to Ramsgate then descend to the bay at Pegwell Bay, south of Ransgate close to Richborough castle and the other end of the Wantsum channel mentioned at the start.
I hope you have learnt a bit about the coastal features from this post.