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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 30 May 2007
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Location notes
Birchington is a sea-side village near Margate in Kent. This location runs alongside Minnis Bay, and is on Chatham line, which is served by South Eastern Trains.
Railway type and traffic
There are normally 2 trains each way every hour, and these are formed of South Eastern Electrostars these days.
However, every once in a while there are engineers trains, and steam charters.
Environment
You will find yourself in quiet field side locations here, but you will not be too far from civilization!
Road directions
From Birchington-on-sea railway station, turn right, and right again so that you are heading in a westerly direction. You should shortly pass under the railway bridge that crosses the road. Keep on this road. You can either:
1. Take a left hand turn by the row of shops into Dane road, and proceed to the end....... You will then need to proceed by foot to the crossings.
2. Continue to the seafront (The Parade) and turn left. Follow this to the end, and you will see a pub 'The Minnis' Turn left just before the pub, and you should find yourself in a large car-park. From here, walk westwards along Wantsum Walk, and turn left down the public footpath when you come to it.

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Birchington - Minnis Bay, and Plumpudding Island map co-ordinates
Parking
Either behind the pub, or at the end of Dane Road.
Public transport
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Amenities
Near to this location we have a general shop, and the Beehive Cafe which are located in Minnis road itself. 'The Minnis' serves food and drinks. There are also toilets in the car-park by the pub. There is plenty more on offer in the village centre.
Accommodation
The Kings Head and Sea view Hotel offer accommodation.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Birchington - Minnis Bay, and Plumpudding Island

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Streetmap links
Birchington - Minnis Bay, and Plumpudding Island general view map
Birchington - Minnis Bay, and Plumpudding Island close up map

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Birchington - Minnis Bay, and Plumpudding Island



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Photographic notes
The line runs pretty much east-west, so does not pose too many problems with lighting, and shots can be had at all times of the day. Trains travelling east are best photographed up to about lunchtime, then as the sun moves round, the location becomes better for photographing westbound trains.
This could be ideal for video here, although sometimes Planes going to Manston airport can create some noise!


General views - All photographs © Jason Rodhouse unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west

An evening view

Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking east


Fig 4 - Looking east


Fig 5 - Looking east - Photo Victoria Rodhouse



Fig 5 - Looking east - <i>Photo  Victoria Rodhouse</i>


Fig 6 - Looking east



Fig 6 - Looking east


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