March 15, 2018

Tour Report: Chalk Pit S.

It was the second day of the Christmas holidays in 2016 and it was time for our third annual X-Mas-Exploration. Since 2014, my wife and I used the second day of Christmas to go on a tour together with my mother-in-law.
Following the tradition we had established, we drove West towards the North Sea. During my research, I had found a possible spot - an abandoned chalk pit. It seemed like a nice place to start; quite possibly easily accessible and - so to speak - a nice walk in the park to get us all in the mood.
The weather was pretty changeable; sunny periods switched places with patches of rain coming in, and a stiff winter wind came from the West and blew the salty air from the North sea far inland.
Upon arrival, the rain had stopped and the sun had actually come out. We parked the car a bit down the road and walked to a hole in the fence that we had spotted on the way in.
The rain had turned the chalk on the ground into a kind of plaster-like mud that clung to our shoes, so we had to make our way through the less muddy overgrown parts.

The chalk pit has was shut down about fifteen years ago, and most of the  equipment has been removed, but there were still some nice details to be found - and the landscape looked great in the winter sun.
Toward the end of our walkthrough, the rain started again, and the clouds told a story of more rain to come, so we climbed up the stairs next to the old conveyor belt to get back on ground level.
When we reached the car, the raining had turned into puring and we were glad to have a roof over our heads.
We had about 45 minutes to drive to the next location, and we hoped that this time would be enough for the rain to seize and the sun to come back out.

To find out more about the history of this nice open air location and to check out all the photos, click the button below.

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