The Dungeness National Nature Reserve in Kent is often called Britain’s only desert, but think more post-apocalyptic wasteland than golden sand dunes. Sitting on a headland that juts out into the English Channel, this 468-acre estate is one of the largest expanses of shingle in the world.
We have made the journey down from London in Audi’s all-new Q7 to take a closer look at Dungeness’s famous sound mirrors. These acoustic structures were a primitive method of detecting enemy aircraft, prior to the invention of radar – a technology that plays a key role in many of Audi’s driver assistance systems. Despite their state of disrepair, these three giant, decaying concrete structures are still a sight to behold, towering above the landscape.