So I’m back to blogging for me, just for the joy of writing and sharing the day to day things that I just want to write about. I’ve been away for a bit I won’t list all my dramas but I’m sure bits and pieces will come across in my writing.
One of the things that has been helping me in my journey with mental health, finding mindfulness and just being more content in myself is walking outdoors. Particularly with the family. I really enjoy it and like bringing about a mindfulness and discovery of all that’s around us for the children. One of my favourite walks is a walk out to Shornemeade Fort. It does require a little drive and then a walk across some train tracks but the walk itself has so much to see.
Shornemead Fort – Getting There
To get there you need to head towards Shorne crossing located between Gravesend and Higham in Kent. You park near a yard and train tracks, postcode (da123hs) you go across the train crossing (great chance to spot trains and teach train safety) then head straight out the path in front of you to get to the Fort. It’s exact location should you want to map it is DA12 3HU coordinates 51.446768°N 0.434059°E.
Photos above from Google Maps
About Shornemead Fort
Shornemead Fort was once an artillery Fort that defended the entrance of the Thames and the city of London from seaborne attack. Whilst all you can see now are its front casemates (and upon closer inspection the magazine tunnels flooded underneath) before its disuse in the 1950s there would of been barracks, administrative buildings and a more established Fort.
Apart from the marsh land that caused some serious subsidence the Fort is perfectly located standing in the south bank of the river at a point where the Thames bends sharply giving the Fort long view both up and down the river.
Shornemead Fort was in use from its completion in 1870 to its abandonment in the 1950s. My boys like climbing, looking out, imagining, boat spotting and playing at the Fort with so much history and such wonderful views there is lots to climb, find see and do.
You can find out more about Shornemead Fort here on the Wikipedia page.
What We Find On Our Family Walks
We discover all sorts plants, trees, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, bees, beetles, berries, ducks, swans, frogs, horses, caterpillars, spiders, rabbits. Look closely, stay still, just watch and look around there is all sorts to be discovered.
You can also spot high speed, south eastern and yard trains at the crossing. Just remember safety when near the tracks. And today we had the added bonus of Headcorns Battle of Britain Airshow taking place meaning lots of aircrafts flying up along the river. It was great listening out then spotting them.
What the Family Walks mean for us.
We get time together, we switch off, we notice all the little things around us, we remember many of the things we wanted to tell each other in the week but just got caught up in how busy the day to day was. We laugh at the pooh everywhere. We talk to horses, cows and any other animals or passers by we see. We are more friendly, more talkative to each one another and others. We spot boats, bugs, birds and planes. We enjoy watching bikes, quadopters and the occasional graffiti artist. We enjoy just being, being outside, being in nature, being in the company of one another. It’s a time I am hugely grateful for. All be it a local walk we repeatedly go on, there is always something new to see.
Making A Day of It. Things To Plan & Do Near By.
Links coming soon
Coffee shop in Chalk
Little Peckers & Walk to Higham
Cliffe Bird Pools
Once a Year – Ploughing Match at Shorne
Local Higham Spiritual Fayre
Things to do in Gravesend