In this unique, one-of-a-kind day trip, we will be joining the crew of Greta, one of the few remaining ships that took part in Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Dunkirk. We will sail to the eerily astonishing Maunsell Forts at Red Sands, and then move on to the Isle of Sheppey to explore its abandoned forts and batteries. In the course of the day, we will recount the dramatic events of that fateful May 1940 on board an actual Little Ship of Dunkirk that saw action at the time, and learn the about the engineering and military usage of the spectacular Maunsell Forts and the Isle of Sheppey fortifications, as well as their enduring historic importance in the defences of Britain. We will also be visiting a number of other surprising, unique and rarely visited locations along the way and in the same context. There will be great historic storytelling, a fair amount of urban exploration and loads of concrete, rust and Thames estuary mud to please the most unusual thrillseekers among you !
The tour is led by Evan @ explorabilia : WW history buff, urbex adventurer, brutalism and concrete enthusiast, amateur photographer and eager storyteller.
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- This tour is provided by explorabilia. Cancellation deadline is 7 days prior to the tour date. After that, a 50% charge will apply. All charges apply to the total value of the tour.
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- Red Sands Forts
- Warden Point
The tour runs daily from April to mid-October and will last approximately 8 to 10 hours. It starts at the port of Whitstable, Kent with a 4 to 5 hour return sailing trip aboard Greta to Red Sands and the Maunsell Forts. The (optional) second part of the itinerary is overland with private transport (private car or people carrier, depending on number of participants) to the Isle of Sheppey, where we will be visiting a minimum of 3 of the available locations : Sheerness Port facility, the old Shipyards and the Garrison Point Fort, Warden Point Radar Stations, RAF Eastchurch, the Grain Tower, Barton's Point or Fletcher batteries, King's Ferry Bridge and pillboxes, among others (or as many as the tidal and light conditions permit us on the day). We welcome your wishes or suggestions for a custom itinerary.
Departure times as well as visiting certain locations is dependent on tidal conditions, so starting time and precise itinerary options can only be confirmed a week prior to departure. Greta is a very old barge : her sailing is dependent on favourable weather conditions for the day of the tour and could be cancelled at short notice (12 hours) as a result. In case that adverse weather conditions or tidal limitations affect the proposed itinerary, we will always offer an alternative sailing and/or overland itinerary for the day, or the option to reschedule.
Some of the sites will require the landowner's permission to enter, some others not - we will have secured the relevant permission for the sites we will be visiting ahead of the trip. The tour is not accessible : it entails climbing up and down steep ladders and rough terrain, and therefore it is not recommended for small children or those least able to walk. We will be onboard a ship, walk along beaches and wading in mud at certain points, so sensible flat waterproof shoes are required, high ankle/trekking style boots are advised - no heels or open shoes please. In the interest of health and safety and for your peace of mind, we would kindly request that participants are fully insured prior to joining the trip.
What is included :
- Sailing with Greta
- Return transport between Whitstable and all the Isle of Sheppey locations
- Any tickets or entrance fees
- Tea or Coffee
What is not included :
- Transport to Whitstable
- Additional Food and Drinks - you're welcome to bring your own food on board