Mad Max meets Wuthering Heights meets Alien

Some location scouting (don’t ask) a couple of weeks back took me to two of southeast England’s weirder landscapes: Ashdown Forest and Romney Marsh.

The Forest is famed for not having many trees (“forest”, legend has it, originally meant hunting reserve) and being home to Pooh Bear.  It also has scary-looking spiders in droves.

Romney Marsh is even bleaker.  Conveniently located right next to Dungeness nuclear power station, its key features are barren grasslands, a James Bond lighthouse, delapidated dwellings and wooden shacks lovingly-erected in the much-admired American midwest ghost town style, and a very long beach.  Oh, and an army firing range.


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