Day 30: Dungeness and home

My final day arrived (too quickly in my opinion) and I wanted to make the most of it while trying not to completely wear myself out.

Due to the long drives between Southampton and Dungeness and then home, I was only able to visit the two lighthouses in this rather out of the way village. The old lighthouse here (pictured) is a fantastic black structure, which was discontinued when the very modern-looking black and white striped lighthouse (which I saw in action) was built. The whole place is a little strange and I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of it. Firstly, it smelt old (that musty smell that you get in old buildings and museums) in the area, which was really weird. Secondly, it has a very strange setup of a light railway, power station, nature reserve, a pub and the two lighthouses, none of which are really promoted on the main road. Unsurprisingly it was quite quiet.

So, I am now back home with mixed feelings. Once I slowed down after leaving Wales the tiredness caught up with me, but (of course) I would very much have liked to carry on.

I was able to visit 147 lighthouses out of a possible 200(ish). The majority of those I have yet to see are in south Wales and along the coast of south west England. I would like to save these for another bout of good weather. It really does make all the difference.

I’ve had an amazing 30 days, even better than I expected and it’s really proven to me just how beautiful the UK is. I have so many memories that will stay with me for many years to come and saw a number of new places that I will be sure to revisit.

Thank you so much to everyone who made the trip possible and supported me along the way. My best holiday ever! Thanks for reading! 🙂

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