A motorbike tour around the lighthouses of Kent and starting at North Foreland in Broadstairs and taking in, South Foreland, Dungeness, Beachy Head, Belle Tout and finishing in Shoreham then back to Folkestone a round Trip of 300 miles in a day, all for the Lighthouse Club Charity.
Trevor tells his story…..
“Well this should be fairly easy 6 Lighthouses in a day, I thought. First issue was the leader, that’s me had dropped my phone and broken the screen, this was an issue because the phone was also my Sat Nav to get us to all the places we were going! However there was someone else with a Sat Nav and I knew where some of the lighthouses were!
So we set off after having breakfast at 10:30 for the North Foreland lighthouse in Broadstairs. This was fairly easy to get to and we saw it as we were driving down the road and were able to park opposite. Photo opportunity over we set of for South Foreland near Dover, it may be worth pointing out that I was also carrying a pillion (a work colleague) on my bike and this was the first time I had ever had a passenger!
South Foreland was a little harder and involved us going down a dirt track, initially the wrong way until it petered out into a footpath, we had not intended to do some off roading and this was a little treacherous with a pillion. So we backed up found the right road and arrived at our second lighthouse. Here we partook of refreshments and another photo opportunity. Onward now to Dungeness and a somewhat longer journey.
We arrived at Dungeness at about the same time as the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch light railway train, so it was a relief to realise the steam and smoke was coming from that and not any of our bikes! Another photo opportunity more refreshments and some homemade flapjacks provided by my lovely wife. We also lost at this point one of our intrepid travellers who had other things to do.
Onward to Beachy Head. You can’t actually get to Beachy Head lighthouse, it’s in the sea! So we had to just take a picture without us in it. This was probably the longest stretch of the journey and involved some nice twisty back roads. We were however able to take pictures from a distance of Belle Tout Lighthouse which is in fact now a bed and breakfast. We also lost another member here who had to make their way home. It was now about 5:30. Time to set off for our final destination.
This was probably the second longest stint and the slowest, we also got hit by a little bit of rain at this point, luckily; this stopped just as we were entering Brighton, which was absolutely packed with both people and traffic. Finally at approximately 6:30 p.m. we reached Shoreham Lighthouse our final destination. We were very proud and very tired at this point and then the fear of, oh my goodness now we have to get home set in. So last photo opportunity of the day before setting off for home. The long way round but all motorway so a lot quicker and sure enough we were back home by 7:45.
All in all I’m still feeling a bit proud and so happy we could do something to help a great charity”.