Fort Sandy

The Anchorage occupies the side of a small valley. Behind the house, the wooded valley side rises to a raised marine platform that covers the Dale Peninsula and provides the flat farmland. A woodland path leads up from the gardens to Fort Sandy (on the platform) which is a small fort with false wooden cannon that is being built around a small rock quarry. The rock quarry in the centre of the fort provided the stone for the two original cottages and some of the stone used in rebuilding  The Anchorage and Monks Garden. The fort and the forest trails leading to and from it are popular play places for children, a very popular overnight campsite for children (with parents and bathrooms below in The Anchorage). There is abundant fallen wood for campfires but fires should not be lit there in the height of summer if inflammable crops like wheat are in the adjacent field. However tents, camping gear and torches are essential as rain showers can occur.

– John Roobol

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