The Underground Fort

During the late autumn last year, my daughter and I took the dog to the woods to follow a sign that simply said: To the Fort.

Up and up we climbed until the fort appeared in the late autumn sunshine looking like a submarine rising from the ground.

The fort is mainly underground and is similar (and fairly near) to the other bunkers from the First World War that I wrote about a while back.

The main difference is that the fort is a lookout bunker up on a hill and it’s built in a semi-circle, which is great fun as you can run in and out of the various doors.

(And while doing so, if you’re a dog, you can look like Scooby-Doo running from danger!)

My daughter and Oscar had great fun playing hide-and-seek with me…

While I was fumbling through the dark bunker, I suddenly heard some ghost-like wailing.

When I got to the chimney in the middle of the fort, I looked up to see the mischief-maker.

On the way back to the car, we walked in the old trenches and discovered a memorial to an almost-forgotten 100-year-old history.

Sometimes, you find yourself lucky enough to walk the line between past and present and discover that the present is the perfect place to be.

For more adventures, please visit: Our World.

I’m still away in the UK but will be home soon.

51 responses

  1. Zuzana

    Sounds like an adventurous outing indeed.;) We too have bunkers like this all along the Danish west coast, but they are from WW2.;) Lovely images as always.:) Enjoy the UK,
    xoxo

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    July 23, 2012 at 16:37

  2. This is just amazing, and I love your daughter’s sense of fun!

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    July 23, 2012 at 16:38

  3. Di

    Looks spooky scary to me and there is no way on earth you would evah evah evah talk me into entering The Fort!! LOL

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    July 23, 2012 at 16:42

  4. Amazzzzzzzzing. Gorgeous photos. Beautiful daughter! Love Love Love. ❤

    Scooby Doo is Awesome.

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    July 23, 2012 at 17:00

  5. Sylvia Kirkwood

    What a wonderful outing for all three of you and what a fascinating place!! I would love to visit there! Your daughter is beautiful and looks as though she is SO full of fun! And of course, Oscar is another perfect partner for an adventurous walk! Hope all of you have a great week!

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    July 23, 2012 at 17:31

  6. Pat

    What a great place to explore! Love the shot of your daughter and Oscar peering into the fort.

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    July 23, 2012 at 17:37

  7. interesting clicks!

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    July 23, 2012 at 18:13

  8. Enjoyed the photos! Glad y’all are having a good time on your vacation. 🙂

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    July 23, 2012 at 18:38

  9. TexWisGirl

    cute little ghosts running around there. 🙂 love the light in the first photo!!!

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    July 23, 2012 at 18:39

  10. Wow! Sounds like an exciting discovery… Great shots and i liked the fun part!.

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    July 23, 2012 at 19:10

  11. Very nice pictures. great colours…you caught lovely moments with Oscar and your daughter..

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    July 23, 2012 at 19:37

  12. What a neat place to explore. And the Scooby Doo reference is relevant for us–our youngest has renamed each member of our family of five to someone in the Scooby Doo gang.

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    July 23, 2012 at 19:42

  13. Fantastic place, I like to tour such historic buildings. I am greeting

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    July 23, 2012 at 20:13

  14. Jim

    Yes, the present is the perfect place to be! Fiona, these are wonderful shots of Oscar and your daughter! Look at the fun they had! It is palpable!

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    July 23, 2012 at 20:15

  15. Great discovery — that is one cute little noisemaker there ;>)…. It’s a pretty cool way to introduce some history to your daughter too,,,some fun first and then reading what it was all about!

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    July 23, 2012 at 20:17

  16. what a cool place…i remember the first pics you posted of it….i would love to explore an old place like that…i know my boys would as well…

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    July 23, 2012 at 20:26

  17. sandy

    What an experience! I like the looks of that place. We also have a fort with bunkers overlooking the ocean, close by. They are on the grounds of the Portland Headlight. Yours look much more remote.

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    July 23, 2012 at 22:14

  18. It’s really fun to see you, Oscar and your children have such fun!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    July 23, 2012 at 23:54

  19. Perfection! That hair is enviable by the way. (your daughter’s – not Oscar’s). Hope you’re still having fun, Fi.

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    July 24, 2012 at 00:02

  20. jcosmonewbery

    In that second shot, Oscar looks like he is ‘getting the hell out of here!’ All great shots, thank you for sharing.

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    July 24, 2012 at 00:06

  21. Sounds like great fun. But, as it is a war site, it reminds of human misgivings.

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    July 24, 2012 at 00:28

  22. Love this series, Lady Fi – particularly shot #3

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    July 24, 2012 at 00:29

  23. What an interesting and great exploration! Love those shots of your daughter and Oscar!

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    July 24, 2012 at 01:44

  24. WOW, that was fun. BTW, what is written on the stone?

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    July 24, 2012 at 01:46

  25. Great pictures and well said. Looks like a fun outing.

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    July 24, 2012 at 02:09

  26. Looks like a neat fort…. Great place to run around and hide in!!!!! You have a beautiful daughter.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    July 24, 2012 at 02:31

  27. Fantastic photos. It looks like your child was having fun too 🙂

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    July 24, 2012 at 05:18

  28. indrani

    Lovely lighting in the first shot.

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    July 24, 2012 at 05:25

  29. Wonderful views. I love that third shot.

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    July 24, 2012 at 06:03

  30. I Love your outings to the countryside..and this one was quite the adventure! 🙂

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    July 24, 2012 at 06:06

  31. Seems to be a place for the adventurous. Great photos.

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    July 24, 2012 at 06:54

  32. Beautiful. Thank you. And I loved the adventure story.

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    July 24, 2012 at 08:39

  33. Excellent photos, color, composition, content, creativity … have it all.

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    July 24, 2012 at 09:17

  34. Love the shot of the two of them peeping around the corner at you!

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    July 24, 2012 at 11:44

  35. So much fun and adventure! Loved the shots and the mischief stories!

    My Yatra Diary…

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    July 24, 2012 at 13:00

  36. Always fun to discover something new. Enjoy the rest of your uk visit.

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    July 24, 2012 at 13:31

  37. The last one is very interesting. The mark is really fun .

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    July 24, 2012 at 14:12

  38. Beautiful pictures!

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    July 24, 2012 at 15:54

  39. Al

    What an amazing place, the stories it could tell! Nice photos, and I hope you’re having fun in the land of my birth.

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    July 24, 2012 at 16:25

  40. JM

    Glad you had fun, it must have been a great walk.

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    July 24, 2012 at 18:33

  41. That looks like an amazing place to visit! And I love your pics of it 🙂

    C x

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    July 24, 2012 at 22:44

  42. Photography by Gisele Morgan

    love all these images! so fun!

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    July 24, 2012 at 23:50

  43. It looks as if Oscar and the mischief-maker had lots of fun at the fort. I suspect you did, too.

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    July 25, 2012 at 05:00

  44. What an experience! Oscar, I will turn myself into a dog and marry you! He is so much fun. Thanks for these photos and the spirit behind them.

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    July 25, 2012 at 06:05

  45. I’m back again to enjoy these beautiful photos.

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    July 25, 2012 at 15:11

  46. lindyloumacinitaly

    Lovely photos, I hope you are enjoying your time in the UK and getting some decent weather. I am so surprised you continue to post while away from home, dedication indeed.

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    July 25, 2012 at 19:33

    • Hi. I had my posts on automated posting, so wasn’t actually doing any work myself while on holiday!

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      July 26, 2012 at 08:23

  47. beautiful first photo with your dog!

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    July 25, 2012 at 22:53

  48. such fun and wonderful photographs
    my friend is getting a puppy like your dog soon
    we went to visit the puppies this week, a days drive to see them, so cute in the tiny little potato size!

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    July 26, 2012 at 04:08

  49. I love your daughter’s mischievous sense of humor.

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    July 26, 2012 at 18:32

  50. A great group of photos!

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    July 30, 2012 at 09:11

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