Coalhouse Fort – Tilbury

Saturday 5th April

Reiss and I decided to take the dog for a family outing/photography trip to Coalhouse Fort situated in East Tilbury on The Thames’ Estuary.

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Strategically placed on the Essex peninsular, Coalhouse Point, this unique site has been developed as a defensive position from 1402.  With a near 180 degree arc of fire across the bend in the River Thames at Stanford-le-Hope and back towards London this location was chosen as earthwork defences, Henrician blockhouse and the Victorian Coastal Defence fortress which stands today.”

There are many aspects to the area now, which include; a park area with a zip wire and picnic benches, marshland areas, the coastal area on the estuary including the watch tower, the Fort itself and some inlet water areas. Reiss and I didn’t venture into the Fort as it is only open on set days throughout the year, however the surrounding area is fascinating and offered fantastic photography opportunities.

Estuary Fort1 Skyward StepsIn the opposite direction, a power plant is in full view. A stark contrast to the natural beauty around you in the park area.

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The lookout tower has fallen into disrepair and has had some railings removed to stop the public getting to it.

Lookout

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Lastly their was the ‘beach’ area, it had so many wooden structures that have just been left to rot. They really were beautiful.

Waves Fingers in the sand Estury 1 Estuary 1 Estuary Reiss I don’t know if Reiss was aware that I was taking this picture, but he looked straight at me 🙂

 

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Day 4 – Kynance Cove

We decided on a visit to the National Trust site of Kynance Cove on our last full day in Cornwall and then we would go further round to the more famous Lizard Point. Again, this wasn’t that far from our location and a quick car journey had us there in no time. We parked and walked passed the sign that said viewing area. We were greeted with the most stunning views I have ever witnessed in this country. The grins on both our faces must have been spectacular!

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Kynance Cove 3

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After literally dragging ourselves away from the cliff edge, we started to walk down to the cove itself. It has been left with natural walk ways rather than paths and very steep steps cut into the rocks, so it was quite precarious.

Kynance stream

Part way down into the cove we found this stream that fed into a lagoon which was also fed by the sea. It was quite strange but beautiful.

Stream

Stones

The beach was very pebbly and I came across this, which made me smile.

Waves 1

The current was very strong here and the waves were crashing loudly!

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After Reiss had got himself very wet (by not anticipating a large wave) we decided to go back to the car and eat our sandwiches, then drive the 2 mins further round to Lizard point. We parked and paid in the appointed car park to walk 5 mins further and find a FREE car park! What we then found can only be described as a run down, disheveled dump! The pier itself has been covered by fallen cliff face. The old lifeboat buildings have been abandoned and weather eroded. There was a gift shop that stated it was ‘the most southern gift shop’. The Lighthouse was closed. The views were no where near as amazing as Kynance Cove. It was very disappointing, the only upside was seeing a Hawk perched on a crevice and watching it take flight!

Due to this disappointment we went back to Pentire and decided to climb the hill in front of where we were staying. We took a flask of tea and some cookies. This redeemed the afternoon as the views were much better than The Lizard.

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Day 2 – Pentire Barn

Day 2 of our trip we decided to explore the picturesque surroundings of where we were staying. The night before we had precariously driven down an unmade single track in trepidation. As soon as we caught sight of where we would be staying it didn’t matter anymore. It was beautiful. The surroundings and the accommodation.

We stayed at The Lower Pentire Barn. This was situated on the Carminowe Creek which is joined to the river Loe and The Loe Bar. We rambled around this area for 4 hours walking a distance of about 14km there and back.

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This is the view of our cottage from across the creek.

Carminowe Creek

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Showing where the river joins the creek.

River Loe 2

Looking from the beach of Loe Bar back towards the river.

Loe Bar

We climbed to the cliff top to continue our walk round to the woods. Reiss looking out to sea…

Loe Bar 2

The woods on the other side of the river were very dense with some unusual trees.

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Woods

River Loe

Our cottage was equipped with a log burner which we made use of every night. It is surprising at how efficient they are. Considering the cottage had stone floors and walls the fire kept us nice and toastie and replaced the t.v. Instead of watching a film we watched the fire and played cards or Monopoly.

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I have fallen in love with The Lower Pentire Barn and cannot wait to return.

Eric Goes To Cornwall!

Eric, myself and Reiss took a little break to Helston in Cornwall. We visited many places and Eric is pleased to show you all his photo album of the 5 day visit.

On our way to Cornwall we went to The Eden Project.

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As usual Eric made friends with the locals.

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We stayed at Lower Pentire Barn on the Carminowe Creek which joined onto the River Loe.

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Lake 1

Eric liked to show his skills off in starting the log burner. We was very impressed!

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Another friend made. This is Totoro he is a Japanese Tree Dweller. Similar Folklore to that of the Tontuu.

A Friend

We went for some long hikes around the picturesque area. Eric just could not believe the stunning views!

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The Loe

We were very close to the Loe Bar which separated the river from the Sea. It was extremely windy!

Loe Bar

We took a trip to the Enchanted forest in the fishing village of Gweek and Eric had Cornish tea with the Piskie King.

The Piksie King

We all visited Kynance Cove, which we all agreed was an amazingly picturesque place.

Kynance Cove 2

Kynance Cove 3

Kynance Cove 1

Thank you for looking at Eric’s adventures. The next trip planned is one to Preston to visit a friend.

Eric Goes To The Beach

I thought that a good experience of the UK for Eric would be a trip to the beach. As an avid adventurer Eric was extremely excited and couldn’t wait to explore.

Sand

When he first arrived it was a calm sea and low tide, it came in quickly though because he nearly got swept away. This area was completely underwater 10 minutes later!

Seaweed

Personally I find seaweed slimey and not very pleasant, Eric however thought it was fantastic!

Chains

Climbing again as always…

Shells

Beach hut

Eric has put his name onto the long, long waiting list for his very own beach hut!

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The end of a long day and a very good adventure. We both really enjoyed ourselves at the beach and Eric cannot wait for his next adventure.

Thorpe Bay

Yesterday Reiss and I decided that we would go to the beach, the weather wasn’t fantastic but it was dry and mild. I have yet to photograph at the seaside and thought it would be something to try. We went to a relatively quiet area called Thorpe Bay and then walked along towards East Beach and the Shoeburyness Garrison.

Breakwater

When we got there the tide was out so we could walk along the breakwater, however half an hour later this was completely covered.

Boats

Beach

Powerplant

Communication

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I had a really good afternoon and am really pleased with my photography 🙂 I think this may be an interesting scene through changing seasons.