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Lydd Things to Do

  • RSPB Reserve

    The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) have a nature reserve at Dungeness, located just before the land turns into shingle. We ran out of time to explore this properly, only stopping for a few photos by the roadside, but it seems to be such a worthwhile place to visit that I am including a mention of it here. You can find out all...

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  • Prospect Cottage

    While we were exploring the headland we were always on the lookout for what is probably the most famous house here, Prospect Cottage, the former home of the late artist and film director Derek Jarman. We didn’t see any sign so I decided to do a Google search on my phone to check where it was, and as soon as I saw a photo we realised we had parked...

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  • Lighthouses old and new

    This headland, though not rocky, sticks out into the English Channel and thus poses a danger to ships and sailors, so warning lights are needed. The first lighthouse was erected here in 1615, replacing a simple beacon. It was probably made of wood and had a coal fire at the top – which sounds a bit risky! As the sea retreated a new one was needed...

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  • Plane Interior

    It's interesting to watch the pilot making his pre-flight checks. Once he is wearing his headphones it's almost impossible to communicate as the engines are started and the noise is tremendous! He will give a "2 minute" warning just before take off and just before landing. All this is explained in the pre flight briefing room.

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  • Take a Pleasure Flight from Lydd

    For £39 per person you can take a 10 to 15 minute flight from Lydd airport in a Britten-Norman aircraft,over Rye, Camber and Dungeness. The plane holds 16 passengers in 8 double seats - there is no aisle, so everyone gets a window seat.After the plane has done a fabulous circuit of the area and you have taken dozens of photos you will come into...

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  • Ladies & Gentlemen, today we will be...

    On arrival at the airport you are given boarding cards and asked what drink you would like to pre-order on your return. Shortly before the flight you are taken to the briefing room where your pilot (Jim) explains to you flight safety (yes, including how to fasten your seat belt and how to blow up your life-vest!!). He explained that we would be...

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Lydd Restaurants

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    by Mariajoy Updated Dec 10, 2006

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    The Biggles Bar and Char Grill also serve as the departure lounge in this delightful little stress free airport. This is also where passengers return to their three course meal after their £40 all inclusive 20 minute flight over Rye and surrounding areas. More details to follow.

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Lydd Transportation

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    by Mariajoy Written Dec 12, 2006

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    For only £69 return it is possible to fly to Le Touquet from Lydd airport. All flights depart at 9.30am and arrive at 11.00am.

    Return flights at 16.30 or 17.30, arriving back in Lydd at 16.00 or 17.00. Check the website for more details.

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Lydd Favorites

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    by toonsarah Written Mar 20, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Scattered almost at random across the shingle banks are a number of houses. Some are little more than shacks, others more sizeable, and a few are quite attractive, up-market looking homes. Many of the more down-to-earth properties are owned by local fishermen and you’ll see their boats pulled up on the shingle alongside. Others are the homes of artists who are drawn by the unique light and atmosphere. Some of the smarter ones are holiday homes, some of which can be rented (see The Shingle House for a look at one of the most striking). Many of the houses are made from old railway carriages, abandoned here when the old South Eastern Railway Marshlink line stopped serving Dungeness in 1937. You can still see the track in places too, and part of it has been repurposed as a freight only line to serve the power station.

    Unusually (in England at least) there is for the most part no distinct boundary to these properties which sit amongst the shingle. Their age and unusual design makes some of the more characterful of them ideal for photography, but remember that they are private property and keep a respectful distance – just because there isn’t a fence or wall, it doesn’t mean you should be peering in through the windows!

    Along with the fishing boats, random bits of disused railway track and assorted rusting metal objects whose former use I could only guess at, the old houses and shacks made for some very satisfying photography and we spent a happy hour or so wandering around to get the most interesting viewpoints.

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