Walking Along the White Cliffs of Dover

Crossing the channel, you can see the stunning White Cliffs of Dover, but hiking them is a full-on fantastic experience.

“I hope you brought lots of water and some sunblock.  It’s going to be hot today!”  That’s what the parking attendant greeted us with as we drove up to her booth.  At nine o’clock in the morning, it was already a scorcher.

As we parked the car, we did load up on water, but we didn’t have any sunblock so we knew we were taking our chances. It turns out this was the hottest day in England in several decades! But we were so excited to hike along the White Cliffs that we just didn’t care.

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The white cliffs of Dover.

White Cliffs for Miles

We had taken the 8:30 train on the Chunnel which was a half an hour earlier than we had booked, but with the migrant situation in Calais the authorities were encouraging drivers to load up.  The roads in France were blocked by miles and miles of trucks, but they kept one lane open for cars and we got through.

We spent the night in Calais, and the small port city had a quietness about it that seemed a bit out of character.  It was subdued.  The only thing hopping was the McDonald’s right next to the Chunnel line.  The crossing was quick and fun, but we couldn’t believe how many miles of trucks we saw on the England side as well.  What a mess!

A view of the castle.

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The path will take you right near some gorgeous white cliffs.

At any rate, we drove by the gorgeous Dover Castle and headed straight to the White Cliffs for a nice walk.  The National Trust has put in a cliff-side path that is paved, easy to walk on, and has amazing views of the cliffs and the port of Dover.

All my life, I’ve heard of the white cliffs of Dover.  I’ve craned my neck as I’ve flown into London.  I never saw them.  I was always so disappointed, but this day all that changed.  Not only did I take in the gorgeous views, but I was up close and personal with the chalky cliffs.

The path can get tricky at times, but the steps and handle rail help.

Flowers, butterflies, green grass.  It was stunning.  We took our time peering over at the port and really just enjoying a pleasurable day out. If we had more time we could have taken the longer trek out to the white house and enjoyed a nice tea, but we were heading next to the beautiful cathedral at Canterbury.

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Walking Along the White Cliffs of Dover.
Walking Along the White Cliffs of Dover

14 thoughts on “Walking Along the White Cliffs of Dover”

  1. We’ve not been to the White Cliffs but we have family that live nears the Seven Sisters National Park in East Sussex just along the English Channel. The Seven Sisters cliffs are actually whiter than the White Cliffs and are often used as a stand-in for them in movies.

  2. Yes, the cliffs of Dover are on my (rather short) ‘must-see-list’ too. Will I ever make it? No idea with the current Schengen restrictions making an extensive visit of Europe so difficult. We usually love slow travel, in or own vehicle, without any artificial pressures and time restrictions. But if we decide to give Europe a go Dover (and GB) will be on the itinerary as England is not part of the Schengen, which affords some extra time in Europe…

    1. Juergen, Exactly! Yes, that Schengen can cause some serious problems, but remember that the borders are not so far away so you can probably figure out a way to do it with not too many problems. It would be a good puzzle.

  3. We saw the White Cliffs when we took a ferry from France to England. Quite the beautiful view arriving by water! We also enjoyed Dover Castle and lunch at The Happy Cafe. Fun day all around!

  4. Beautiful! We actually saw them a few days ago when flying out of London towards Bucharest. London is actually at the top of Lissette’s list (we were in transit this time from Cape Town) and we’ll come back and make sure to visit the cliffs of Dover.

    Frank (bbqboy)

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