next to the Vines exit is the next anti-vehicle gate. Just beyond this
point is has been mooted that an exit will be made into the new housing
Also here, the original route of the railway diverges from the Hangings path and takes virtually the same route to Dovercourt Station as at present.
the gate, the first slope of The Hangings becomes a fully-fledged hill
by the time you get up it! On the left hand side there is a steep drop
that used to be a Victorian tip. Many bottles from that era were found
here in the 1970s and 1980s.
It is from this point that views over Bathside Bay become visible. How many years is it since Bathside Bay was filled in - yet nothing has happened!
exit into Shaftesbury Avenue is hidden to those trudging up the hill
but easily visible to those coming the other way. The exit slope gives
way to a steep rake of steps and is not easy for those with
again to look behind you (if having walked up the hill) is the A120
bridge over the current railway track. The bridge carries the A120 that
allowed freight and other traffic to reach Harwich quayside without
travelling through Dovercourt.
the railway lies Patricks Junction, a pretty useless roundabout seeing
as there are no roads connecting to the A120 here. I'm sure the
Bathside Bay development will eventually find a use for it. Note the
cranes of Felixstowe in the background, at least before someone knocks
these ones down!
|The next pair of
railings lead to King George's Avenue. Unfortunately, as can be seen,
the paths are overgrown and not easily passable. This may be explained
by the notice recently posted here (and in The Standard on 27 June
2008) stating that the path itself would be moved within Gt Georges
|Looking towards the railway line you can
spy this pillbox. A relic from WWII it was obviously placed here to
protect the railway from attack. Nothing more is known for the present.
|Back on the path, there
is a bench for those who need a rest. Unfortunately, as can be seen in
the photo (June 2008) the ground is covered in broken glass and the
area littered with empty packaging.
|A gentle slope takes
you down to the only accessible exit to King George's Avenue (visible
in the background). The last anti-vehicle gate should be adjacent to
here but is currently damaged beyond repair, thus not providing a
barrier at all.
On to Hangings Part 3 (Pattricks Lane to Dovercourt Station)