Not so shore

The Engineer’s editorial team cannot be faulted for its collective nose for engineering facts. Geography, on the other hand, is another story

I am reading through the 28 January issue of The Engineer, where your caption below the picture at the top of page 9 of the News section has caught my eye: ‘Kent’s coastline is the longest in the UK, and much of it is low-lying’.

Keith Ferrin may well have said this, but you really should have checked before using it as a caption. The Highland Region of Scotland has the longest coastline in the UK by far.

Its land mass is one eighth of the UK’s total, and has a very complex coastline. I suspect that the whole of England would struggle to match this area’s coastline.

Kevin Black
Baxters Food Group

Another reader in Scotland adds…

In your News item in the last issue you quote Keith Ferrin of Kent County Council as saying ‘we have the longest coastline in the UK…’ Some mistake, surely!

Even in England, Cornwall springs immediately to mind as having a longer coastline by about a third, and if I remember my days of school geography so does Devon at 289 miles Mean Low Water (MLW).

That’s without glancing north and considering the Scottish counties, whose coastline lengths dwarf these — Argyll and Bute’s comes in at a little over 2,300 miles MLW!

Richard Hill

Editor’s note: whatever the merits of Kent’s claim to have the longest coastline in England, it is clearly not in the same league as Scotland in this respect. Apologies for the oversight.