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Report - Gedney Drove End, Lincolnshire - December 2013

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by MrWoo, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. MrWoo

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    Afternoon all.. this is my very first foray into this world.. please let me know how I am doing.

    Gedney Drove End is on the very edge of the Lincolnshire Wash, it sits on the line where the Fens stop and the Sea begins. Like most places that are out there on the edge of something, there is a stillness that becomes apparent as soon as you step outside. Gedney is, however, a little different. A large dyke, running the length of this section of the Wash was built to retain the sea.. When you step over that formidable barrier, you find instead mile after mile after mile of silted-up marshland. This is a no-place. Its not really the land, the Dyke marks the extent of that. It's clearly not the sea, you really have to squint to catch the shimmer of the Sea on the Horizon. It really is no-man's land.

    And why did I ventrure here? Because it is the site of RAF live fire testing and there are many interesting things to be seen. The dyke is topped with observation posts, presumably for the brass to keep an eye on progress... once past these, well.. then you are quite literally on your own... A word to the wise... Follow the tracks.. do not stray for either the Fens or the potential unexploded bomb is a genuine hazard.

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    It was clear as soon as we arrived that there had been some activity at the site in the previous couple of days. If you fancy a day out on a live RAF range, and love a walk across the fens then this is the place for you... of course it has the added benefit of being close to what remains of the Eastcoast stopline.. more on that later...
    Mr Woo
     
    #1 MrWoo, Dec 2, 2013
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