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A summer coastal walk – Dover to Deal over the white cliffs

Event Details

General information

This walk will take us about 80 miles from London and will take the opportunity of a Saturday and long daylight hours for a long and eventful day out on the Kent coast. We will also be meeting friends from the East Kent GOC group.

Our walk repeats a classic walk GOC has undertaken several times before along the top of the famous white cliffs of Dover, with views over the Channel to France.

After passing through the historic town of Dover, views will emerge of the spectacular Dover castle. We walk up onto the cliffs where we will see the activity at the port of Dover, one of the busiest in the country. We will then follow the clifftop path across rolling countryside, past the historic South Foreland lighthouse to descend to St Margarets Bay for our lunch break. It will be possible to have a short sea swim here.

After ascending the cliffs (again!) the walk descends gradually to sea level and follows the coast past Walmer and Deal castles into the charming town of Deal. If it is a hot day then another swim may be in order. We may well have tea and cake and/or there will be the opportunity of staying for fish and chips with a late arrival back in London.

Terrain / Difficulty

The walk will be mainly along well-drained chalk cliffs, and the going should be good. There are several ascents and descents, although not too severe given that this is a cliff-top walk. The walk along the sea front between Walmer and Deal will be level and easy, though more hard work if we walk on the pebbly beach itself.

Approximate Distance

11 miles

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