DUNGENESS

Dungeness is aligned along a southern part of the vast expanse of shingle rides, built up over the centuries by longshore drift. A random collection of dilapidated sheds, fishing huts and decaying boats dot the landscape, abandoned and lost in time at the dramatic other-worldliness of the shingle headland spit that is Dungeness, with its long history of dogged human habitation. The desolate, remote wilderness of this protected coastline of international conservation importance comprising the largest pebble beach in Europe, is filled with unusual flora and is a haven for a plethora of birdlife. Strangely alluring, this extraordinary landscape is home to two lighthouses, the terminus of a miniature steam railway, a lifeboat house, Derek Jarman’s cottage and eccentric garden, an art gallery, the original Tan Coppers for tanning nets, the Marconi structures, architect Simon Conder’s remodelled ‘black neoprene rubber house’, an old stylish Airstream trailer, single storey timber framed houses of fishing origin with high pitched roofs to provide drying lofts and the Round House, the base of an old lighthouse, together with, in the distance, the dramatic form of a nuclear power station.

There are local shopping facilities and amenities catering for most day to day needs in Greatstone and Littlestone as well as several local pubs.

New Romney 3 miles. Rye 10 miles to the west. The Channel Tunnel at Folkestone is 16 miles. Dover 26 miles. Mainline railway stations are at Appledore and Ham Street both within 9 miles being on the Ashford to Brighton line. Ashford International is 13 miles and has high speed connections to the Continent as well as to London St Pancras in 37 minutes. Local leisure facilities include golf at Lydd or Littlestone and Lydd airport for pleasure flights to France.