TQ7778 : Curlews, Criminals and Contraband, Halstow Marshes

taken 6 years ago, 3 km from St Mary Hoo, Medway, Great Britain

Curlews, Criminals and Contraband, Halstow Marshes
Curlews, Criminals and Contraband, Halstow Marshes
Curlews, Convicts and Contraband
Curlews, convicts and contraband is a new walking route on the Hoo peninsula; it is a seven-mile walk from the village of High Halstow across the North Kent Marshes to Egypt Bay.
It has a logo of a Curlew, see TQ7877 : Logo, Curlews, Convicts & Contraband.
Two hundred years ago the shoreline was a favoured landing spot for smugglers, their ships were painted black to avoid detection and flash lights were used to coordinate the operations. Many wagons and horses would be lined up to carry the goods through the darkened villages to London.
A hundred years later prison ships were moored offshore at Egypt Bay, this gave Dickens inspiration for Abel Magwitch, the villain who flees from a prison ship across the marshes in Great Expectations.
Cliffe Marshes
Cliffe Marshes cover over 500ha north of the village of Cliffe on the Hoo peninsula. Most of the area is drained by channels and is given over to wet grassland grazing. Cooling Marshes and Halstow Marshes can be included in Cliffe Marshes. In 2002 they were identified as a possible site for London's third airport, but dropped in 2003. Much of the area is an environmentally sensitive area.
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TQ7778, 36 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 6 November, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 1 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Paths  Flat landscapes 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7796 7890 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.8635N 0:33.6874E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7794 7891
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