About 5 Miles

Spent a lovely time yesterday at the beach at Seasalter. It’s just west of Outer-London-Whitstable. The horizon fascinated me because of the things that can be seen.

Whitstable - the view form Seasalter
Whitstable – the view form Seasalter

Now the iPhone panorama feature didn’t leave the horizon quite as wanted but I have made an annotated version for you to explain what can be seen – just.

Seasalter Annotated
Seasalter Annotated – click to enlarge, should open in new tab

I suggest you get the full size picture by clicking on the picture above and then refer back to this page.


Shellness – A beach, a naturist beach,  and some posh houses on the Isle of Sheppey. 3.3 km away. There is a statue here of the Short Brothers, of aircraft fame [note to self – must visit].


Shoeburyness and Southend – Towns in Essex across the Thames Estuary. 23.5 km away. Other things of note would be Southend Pier and the Shoeburyness Boom, an anti-submarine device.


The Redsands Fort – an Army defence structure in the Thames Estuary, 14.5 km, one of the Maunsell Forts – [note to self – must visit].

"Army" style fort (Red Sands)
By RussssOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link


The Kentish Flats Offshore Windfarm, 15 km, – a 139 MW wind power generation station, which has produced little energy during this heatwave as winds are too low.

Fort and turbines.JPG
By CharlesdrakewOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link


Whitstable, 4 km away. The tower is part of Brett Aggregates.

The title of this communication essentially deals with the question of how far you can see to the horizon if you stand on the beach. If you are about 6 foot tall you can see about 5 miles, there’s mathematics to get this.