This weekend we’re off to the iconic White Cliffs of Dover!
On this dramatic coastal cliff-top hike, we’ll enjoy unrivalled views of the English Channel, the French coast and world’s busiest passenger port – Port of Dover. Beautiful sandy and shingle beaches, seafront promenades with lovely artworks and historic castles, charming St. Margaret’s Bay and refreshing sea breeze – the hike is very exciting and one of my favourite!
Apart from the incredible panoramic views and famous chalk cliffs, the place holds a spectacular abundance of history, science and innovation. The cliffs were the front line for much of World War II and house a labyrinth of tunnels buried beneath the headland. Along the way we’ll see the famous Dover Castle, described as the “Key to England”, which has guarded the shortest sea crossing between England and continental Europe for nine centuries. Never conquered, its strategic importance was equaled only by the Tower of London and Windsor Castle. We’ll also pass the first lighthouse in the world to shine with an electric lamp thanks to the groundbreaking work of Michael Faraday. In this very lighthouse, Guglielmo Marconi did some of the world’s first radio experiments including the first ship to shore wireless transmission and the first international wireless transmission in 1899.
Distance: 18 miles (29 km).
There will be a number of very steep climbs and descents, however, most of the route follows the cliff-top trail and is relatively flat. The hike is suited for people with a medium or excellent level of fitness.
We will meet at the London St Pancras International railway station on the benches next to Starbucks at 8:15am and leave the meeting point at 8:25am. Planned arrival time back to London, depending on the pace of the group, is about 9pm.
We will stop for a snack lunch at the St James Dover leisure & retail park, which is directly on our way. It has Costa Coffee, Greggs, Nando’s and M&S Foodhall. You can buy your lunch and hot drinks there or bring a packed lunch with you.
After the hike, we have booked a table for the group in the fabulous Sea View restaurant in Deal, which has the best fish & chips in town and a lot of happy customers! Portion sizes are very good and prices are reasonable 👍
This hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified hike leader.
What to bring:
That’s it, we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day hiking! 🙂
If you’d like to walk at a faster pace than the group, we recommend to download the Maps.me app on your phone. All maps in the app are offline, which means that you’ll be able to use them without an internet connection or in places with poor reception. The Maps.me app is free and is very easy to use. On the day, I will explain how to use the app and share the GPS route of the hike. For more details on how to download the app see here.