Perambulations in the Hoo Peninsula
On a very hot day in July I walked in the Hoo Peninsula with the Film Directors Clio Barnard ('The Arbor', The Selfish Giant' and 'Dark River'), and Andrew Kötting (Lek and The Dogs, Swandown, Gallivant). We started at Allhallows on Sea where the coastal path abutts the holiday park and tracked along neat static caravans for a while. The path then suddenly drops into the wilder landscape of the North Kent marshes, dotted with a number of pil boxes that are in limbo out in the tidal mudflats, slowly sinking and disintegrating back into the water. Beneath our feet, a rich collection of botanical plants that survive these inclement conditions, cling to the land, breaking into flower at the peak of the year. As we walked around the edgeness of this place towards St. Mary's Bay, we came across treasures and gifts of feathers, snake skins, oversized Christmas baubles and driftwood. An old abandoned rowing boat was waiting for the estuary waters to re-float it and take it on its next journey.