The White Cliffs of Dover

Seen to many as a symbol of England, the White Cliffs of Dover are named so as they face the Strait of both Dover and France. These magnificent cliffs are a bright white colour, made from chalk layers that have gradually built up over millions of years. As well as stunning views, these cliffs were also used as a defence mechanism in war time.

Photo by Roland Turner

Walking the White Cliffs of Dover

These cliffs offer both beauty and history and walking along them can give you all of this and more. As the weather changes, as do the views on these cliffs. In the summer months when the sun is shining and the water is calm, you can see right across the Channel; you may even be able to spot a few buildings on the French coast. In the Winter, wrap up warm and take in the dramatic landscapes and peaceful tranquillity on the top of the cliffs.

You can bring pets along the White Cliffs of Dover; a great day walk for canines and their owners. The cliffs are also home to many creatures and lots of wildlife, including fauna and birds. The wildflowers that grow ensure many butterflies make their home here, especially in the summer months. There is much history in the walls of the cliffs too, some history can still be seen today if you know where to look.

Along the walk are the leftovers of two major wrecks, one of which was carrying hemp and matches and unsurprisingly, set on fire. There are also historical guided tours if you wish to take in the scenery whilst hearing about the history of the White Cliffs of Dover.

Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Do not miss this tunnel complex full of history located underneath the cliffs. Built during the Second World War as housing for the gun battery above, the Fan Bay Deep Shelter is the only thing left of these defences.

Get on your hard hat and torch and take a walk through with an expert volunteer, heading back in time to the war. An educational and interesting visit for both adults and children and a great chance to see the history underneath the White Cliffs of Dover.

South Foreland Lighthouse

The lighthouse guides ships along the Strait of Dover. Rebuilt in the Victorian era, this lighthouse stood for 142 years, lighting the way through two World Wars. Not only does this lighthouse offer spectacular views, but it comes with some great stories too.

The lighthouse is also home to a tea room where you can grab something to eat and drink during your busy day on the cliffs. South Foreland Lighthouse was home to many firsts, with science and history made in its walls, all of which can be discovered during a guided tour.

As well as being able to take in the scenery and wildlife the White Cliffs of Dover has to offer, you can also grab a bite to eat and visit a great gift shop. Make sure to keep an eye out for the ponies grazing on the cliffs, ensuring this chalk grassland doesn’t become overgrown.

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