Three Hills Health Walking Group call in Coastwatch at Folkestone

Contributed by editor on May 10, 2017 - 10:15 AM


The Three Hills Health Walking Group took a short detour from their trek to visit Coastwatch Folkestone on the East Cliff on Monday 8 May



Despite the day being rather overcast and visibility limited, the group, led by Sue Dean, enjoyed being shown around the operations room and being led through an imaginary incident in which a fishing vessel had caught fire.

Members were then taken through the “Spot, plot and report” routine, getting a bearing on the vessel, estimating distance, calculating the latitude and longitude, whilst keeping the Coastguard updated on developments before the Dover Lifeboat came to the rescue!

“The group really enjoyed the visit,” said Sue, before they continued on their walk above the Warren and up to Little Switzerland.

“We welcome new walkers and details can be found on the website."

Graham Pay, Senior Watchkeeper, (pictured with the walkers) said that he was pleased the group had enjoyed their brief visit.

“ We welcome individual visitors to the station, and groups by arrangement as space is limited and we have to maintain our watch at all times. We visit organisations to give talks on our role, and will welcome all-comers to our Open Day on Saturday 17 June between 11am and 4pm where refreshments will be available.

"We rely almost entirely on public donations to continue to function as volunteers 365 days per year, and so we like to show everyone where the money is going!”

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