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Report - Cliffe Fort, Kent - September 2012

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by sirjonnyp, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. sirjonnyp

    sirjonnyp 28DL Regular User
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    Another hangover on a Saturday, another solo explore, another tick off of the hitlist.

    History from the always wonderful Underground Kent:

    After some trek to get to the actual Fort I made my way around the back to find the Brennan Torpedo, or rather what was left of it. Then I made my way inside, and had a bit of a surprise when I got on top of the Fort itself.


    On top of the Fort there was a chap about my age sitting on the edge, smoking a joint. This chap had got his bike in, and on top, of the Fort. I said hello, startled him, and he cleared off the same way that I had just climbed in, taking his bike in tow. It was impressive, but made me wonder why he didn't leave it outside somewhere like I did?


    Puzzlement aside I decided to crack on and took some photos of the WW2 watchtower, then started to ponder a way to get down. I'm not the best climber, so it had to be somewhere that I could get back up to relatively easily. This ended up taking me some time, and as I thought I'd got an ideal location, the cement works next door that owns the Fort now went live, which changed my plans slightly.


    Anyway, I found an alternative, and made my way down to the middle level of the Fort.


    There's very little left now other than the structure itself that might suggest a military past, but there was the odd sign, like in the picture below. I think someone said in another report that was a periscope or some sort of spotting device?


    As I made my way around the casemates the extent of the flooding in the bottom of the Fort became pretty evident, and despite wearing my proper hiking boots, didn't fancy going for a wade as it looked like it got deep in places.


    Whilst this place didn't have the stunning quality like Burgoyne, or wasn't underground like Archcliffe, there was something quite ethereal about the place, and it was nice just to chill and have a fag in the nice weather.


    The final bit of my explore took place in the casemates to the South of the Fort. I took these two corridor shots, then had a venture down the stairs and decided that today was not the day to risk going for a wade given all of the rain in the last week.


    On my way around I had spotted another potential way in/out, so decided to check it out. It did indeed get me back to the path, but not until after I'd had a severe argument with bushes, palisade and a bog for fifteen minutes :banghead Really wasn't a smart choice to go the way I did, but I did find another access point in the end.

    It's a shame that the Fort is in such a state now, as it would a great explore if it wasn't submerged. Still, it was a nice afternoon and a great day to cycle there too. Props to Wevs for the tip, too :thumb



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