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Timeball & Telegraph Trail

156 km / 97 miles

Gtr London, Kent
Prominent on Deal seafront is a tall building with a large black ball on the roof. This is the Timeball Tower. The current building was constructed in 1821 with a semaphore signal on the top that was used by the Coast Blockade for the Suppression of Smuggling to pass information along the coast. In 1855 it was converted to a timeball to signal to shipping in The Downs anchorage offshore which, in the time of sail, was much used by vessles waiting for a favourable wind to continue down The Channel or round into the Thames. Just before 1pm the ball would be raised to the top of the mast and at 1pm precisely the ball would drop so that ships could set the chronometers they used for determining their longitude position acurately for navigation. The drop was triggered by an electric signal along the telegraph wires of the South Eastern Railway from the Royal Observarory at Greenwich on the roof of which there is a similar timeball that was used to signal to shipping in the Thames below. This walk connect these two timeballs


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Average Gradients; World Heritage Site; Industrial History
TR378534 - Timeball Tower, Deal, Kent
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TQ388773 - Royal Observarory, Greenwich, London
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Open Date: 2012
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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
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OS Landranger: 177178179189
OS Landranger Active: 177178179189
OS Explorer: 137138148149150161162163
OS Explorer Active: 137138148149150161162163

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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B & B Accommodation: Bear's Well Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online) < 1 Km < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: Solley Farm House  (bookable online) 4 Km 4 Km
Self-catering: Shaws Farm Cottage  (bookable online) 5 Km 36 Km
Self-catering: Monckton Cottages  (bookable online) 1 Km 47 Km
Hotels: The Woolpack Inn  (bookable online) 2 Km 47 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Palace Farm Hostel, Donnington, Sittingbourne 5 Km 65 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Medway YHA, 351 Capstone Road, Gillingham, Kent 3 Km 96 Km
B & B Accommodation: Chestnuts B&B  (bookable online) < 1 Km 106 Km
B & B Accommodation: Winnats Lodge  (bookable online) 5 Km 112 Km
Hotels: Best Western Manor Hotel  (bookable online) 1 Km 114 Km
Self-catering: Hopewell Self Catering  (bookable online) < 1 Km 116 Km
Hostel Accommodation: London Thameside YHA, 20 Salter Road, London 4 Km 156 Km

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Paths Marked on OS mapping: Capital Ring; Darent Valley Path; Elham Valley Way; Green Chain Walk; London Loop; Medway Valley Walk; Saxon Shore Way; Stour Valley Walk (Kent); Swale Heritage Trail (Kent); Thames Path South East Extension; Wealdway
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Other Paths: 1066 Harold's Way; Aylesford Pilgrimage Walk; Folkestone - Hythe To Canterbury; Green London Way; Greenwich Meridian Trail; Kent Coastline Walk; Kentish Thames Walk; London Countryway; London Green Belt Way; Miner's Way Trail; Pilgrim's Way; Thames Estuary Trail; Walking the Castles of Kent; White Cliffs Country Trails
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Anytime Challenges: Four Pits Walk; London to Canterbury: Exploring the Pilgrims Route


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Route Profile:

156.4 Km (97.2 miles)
2,203 m (7,228 ft) ascent
151 m (495 ft)  maximum height