Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Painshill Bridge, Tilgate Lake and By the Arm

Painshill Bridge :- This is the bridge that straddles a section of the wonderfully named "River Mole" and leads you to the entrance of Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey. It's a modern design (2002) that's predominantly metal and cables but the actual walkway is constructed of wooden decking.

Tilgate Lake :- It's easy to miss Tilgate Park. You can drive up the M23 and pass right by it without even knowing it's there and you can do exactly the same thing on the approach road (A23) to Crawley in West Sussex. The surprising thing is that once you do find your way to the park you discover 400 acres of relaxing scenery and land that dates back as far as 1647. The park has also received a Green Flag Award many times over as well as having 7 National Champion Trees (Champion trees are the tallest, fattest or oldest of their species in the U.K.) within its grounds. The lake has a fascinating history attached to it as it's on this stretch of water that Sir Malcolm Campbell (11 March 1885 – 31 December 1948) developed and flotation tested Bluebird ( a boat built and design to break the water speed record).

By the Arm :- A view of the English Channel from the side of the huge Eastern arm of Brighton Marina on the south coast of England. The Marina was built between 1971 and 1979 but has had construction work continuing over the years right up to present day where it's still ongoing in places. The artificial harbour is massive and covers and area of 127 acres or 0.51 km2 with 1,600 berths. The low tide exposes the concrete blocks used to help protect the wall from the constant pounding of the waves.

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