Monday, 17 June 2013

Orford Ness

I took a recent visit to Orford Ness, an inhospitable shingle spit off the coast of Suffolk. It was used in world war one and two and during the Cold War as a research station, for weapons development, including nuclear bombs.

When I visited the weather was particularly windy, which meant that the birds which usually inhabit the nature reserve were taking shelter. Still, the spit itself was interesting, with its decaying remnants of military history.

At the office on Orford Quay.

House Martins swoop and dive.


The boatman arrives.


We're off.. crossing the river.

A wreck.



The lighthouse, in the distance.



Solitary swan.

The remains of the fencing.



The antennae in the distance used to be the BBC World Service broadcasters.



The pagodas.




Crossing the bridge.



One of the NT rangers.


Pagodas, across the shingle.





That looks a bit suspicious to me.


One of the testing labs.






Another of the labs.




The Black Beacon.


Shingle.

The old watchtower.


The abandoned keeper's cottage.



The lighthouse, close up.




The bomb observation building.



The spotting scope.

Through the scope.