TQ7178 : A fleet near Lower Hope Point

taken 11 years ago, 3 km from Cliffe, Medway, Great Britain

A fleet near Lower Hope Point
A fleet near Lower Hope Point
The landscape you see here is very much man-made. The dead-flat skyline is the seawall, excluding the Thames from these marshes - which were once tidal. The winding course of the little channel in front of the camera makes it clear that this, at least, has natural origins. There can be no doubt that it was once a tidal creek, draining the salt marsh. In this part of Kent, such creeks, long since cut off behind the seawall, are known as 'fleets'. Larger examples are named on the map, for instance, Decoy Fleet in TQ7878.

This shot was taken looking WSW from near the ruined farmstead named on older maps as 'The Poplars'. The power-station in the distance is at Tilbury, on the north side of the river. Lower Hope Point is about as far north as you can get in the county of Kent, with the odd result that you find yourself looking south-west into Essex.

To the right of the power-station you can make out part of the superstructure of a ship going down river.
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TQ7178, 88 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Sunday, 2 January, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 4 January, 2011
Category
Marshland   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 717 784 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.7154N 0:28.2695E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 717 784
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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