Monday, 24 June 2019

Botany Bay

Hello

Thanks for visiting the blog, it's always nice to know you are there.

There's lots of scope for walking from Margate. As you can see from the map below, there's plenty of sandy bays all the way along, there's even a 32 mile Viking Coastal Trail all the way round the Thanet peninsular, the District that Margate is in, which used to be an island separated from the rest of Kent by the Watsum Channel in the 1400s.


Walpole Bay opens up first with its tidal pool.  On the cliff is the Walpole Bay Hotel which was featured in the TV series Hotel Inspector.



On to Palm Bay and the next is Botany Bay, named after the smugglers caught there in the past who were sent off to Botany Bay in Australia as punishment.  It's a glorious place to see the white chalk cliffs, stacks and caves. Lifeguards keep an eye on the bay.







Returning to Margate along the coastal path, we're back at Walpole Bay with its cafe.




Around the next corner is the deserted Cliftonville Lido, built in 1828 but closed in the 1980s however there are some moves to save the lido at the moment and it is being cleared to see what options are available.




It's an exciting site with lots of possibilities if funding can be arranged.

Cheerio

8 comments:

  1. It sounds as though there's some nice walks around the area, the chalk stacks are impressive. It's a shame to see deserted lido, fingers crossed that funding can be arranged, it's always good to bring an area back to life.

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    1. There's lots of space by the sea or up on the cliffs plus some large parks which Alfie would enjoy I'm sure.

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  2. A joy to see the white stacks. Hopefully funding can be found to do something with the old lido. It looks a fascinating place to visit.

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    1. I'm sure they could come up with some brilliant ideas for the Lido, it's in a great position.

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  3. Love the white cliffs and the valerian growing on the rocks. I hope the lido can be saved:)

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    1. The valerian and the chalk go so well together, don't they. 😊

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  4. I like the fact that there's a flat path where you can walk along by the chalk cliffs. The tidal pool is an interesting feature. It would be good if the lido was saved. You can imagine how popular it must have been in the past.

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    1. It's amazing to sed all those black and white photos of the beach absolutely crammed full of people so different from these days.

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