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This 10-mile walk along the White Cliffs of Dover explores the fascinating scenery, wildlife, history and geology of one of Britain’s most iconic landscapes. Starting in the busy port of Dover and finishing in the beautiful seaside town of Deal – which sits on the border of the English Channel and the North Sea Read more ...
– this is a classic coastal route with forever-changing views that stretch to France on a clear day.
With Dover Castle near the start and Henry VIII’s fortresses of Walmer Castle and Deal Castle near the end, it’s a route brimming with history. You’ll pass shipwrecks and wartime memorials as you walk, with some steep up-and-down sections leading past lighthouses, bays and glorious cliff-top viewpoints.
In summer the rare chalk grasslands come alive with birds, butterflies and wildflowers, while in winter you can bundle up against the cold and experience the wind and weather whipping in off the Channel.
This is quite a long, linear walk that’s flanked by steep drops, so take care and make sure you stick to the marked coastal path. Your reward for completing the route will be visits to three of England’s mightiest sea forts, and panoramic views across one of the world’s most famous stretches of coastline.
This route was voted 80th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: A fascinating route across a true British icon. Who wouldn’t want to explore the mighty castles and cliffs of Dover on foot?