Further back down the Kent coast
from Shornemead is Cliffe Fort. A kind of mirror image of Coalhouse Fort
(which is directly opposite), Cliffe is not open to the public (the land is
owned by Blue Circle Cement) and so is almost as delapidated as
Shornemead. However it is a bigger structure and so more
I took two trips out there in the
'70s, managing to climb on top and down inside the courtyard. On approach
the similarity to Coalhouse is very striking.
I'm walking round the
East side here, towards the front of the Fort, facing the
The first three pictures above are
the overgrown front of the fort - not much to see. Then I got into the
...which was much more
interesting. As you can see from the blue tent and motorbike, someone
spent the night.
The lower levels were flooded, but
the upper levels were clear, so I got some decent shots from inside.
My flash had probably run out of
batteries by the time I took the first one above, but if you look carefully you
can see the "water tower" at Coalhouse Point on the opposite bank of the
NEW! - Here's a couple of panoramic views stitched together
from some of the above photos: