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JB photographer ADMIN November 23, 2007
Welcome! Please post your best Kent Downs photos here - and join the group too if you'd like to.

Group Description

Photos not just of the designated area of outstanding natural beauty but anywhere on the Downs in Kent in SE England: villages and village life, hills, farming, nature, wildlife, sunsets, rain and clouds, the Pilgrim's Way. Views from and of the Downs. People, buildings & events......

The quality of Kent's countryside has been recognised as such a valuable national asset that two parts of the county have been designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. One of these is the Kent Downs

The Kent Downs are the eastern half of the North Downs (raised areas of mainly-grassy hills) covering nearly a quarter of Kent, stretching from the White Cliffs at Dover, up to the Surrey and London borders.

It is a diverse and vibrant landscape with its dramatic chalk escarpments, secluded dry valleys, ancient woodlands and traditional orchards & hop-fields, which are home to unique and precious wildlife.

The area has networks of tiny lanes, historic hedgerows, locally distinctive villages and many sites of historic, archeological and cultural interest to explore.

The geology of the area defines the topography and landscape features that form the basis of the natural beauty for which it is nationally recognised. The aquifer in the chalk under the Downs is annually recharged by autumn and winter rainfall on the largely agricultural and open ground above and provides storage for water which emerges as springs and from wells and is also pumped to provide water to urban areas in the South East of Britain. Water emerges naturally at the spring-line on the escarpment whose route is roughly followed by the M25 and M20 motorways. Water also flows within the chalk northwards towards the coast, including under the now-dry valleys where, during ice ages (which affected Kent only seasonally, then featuring melting and freezing of water) water once flowed on the surface.

A large arch of chalk, shaped like an eyelid, sweeps across Kent. This creates a central ridge through the county, and forms the most important geological feature of the area of outstanding natural beauty.

In addition, the highest areas of the Greensand ridge in Kent, together with a spit of ragstone escarpment above the Romney Marsh, are also within the Kent Downs.

Group Rules

Photos that fit the description only please!

Additional Info

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  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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