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Dover – Feature Town

There cannot be many that have missed the celebrity status of the White Cliffs of Dover as made famous by Vera Lynn classic:

‘There’ll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.’

The 350ft (110 m) high chalk cliffs look out onto the Strait of Dover giving far-reaching views over the English Channel to the French coast. The best way to see the cliffs is to enjoy a walk along the coastal path from the National Trust centre, towards South Foreland Lighthouse. This is a stunning heritage coastline with the Kent Downs AONB protected landscape. The chalk grassland is home to so many unusual plants and insects, with a great abundance of flora and fauna. Ponies graze to protect the grassland. There is also access to the Fan Bay Deep Shelters below the cliffs.

There are so many other walking opportunities: The Kearsney Loop is a scenic 2.6-mile walk taking in Russell Gardens, Kearsney Abbey, Bushy Ruff, and Scotland Common. taking you out to the beautiful countryside. Further along the coast towards Folkestone, there is the unique Samphire Hoe nature reserve which was created because of the building of the Channel Tunnel. The Hoe provides rare chalk downs and coastal habitats which attract some uncommon and interesting plant and wildlife species.  Also, Dover is on the North Downs Way, England Coast Path and the Via Francigena 

In addition to the world-renowned busy port, the ‘Gateway tAlso England’, Dover has an abundance of culture and historical heritage, the area is a living timeline. Keeping watch over the port is the Norman Dover Castle. This Dover’s “Jewell in the crown” also has later Napoleonic fortifications and the World War II secret tunnels hidden below. More modern military heritage sites on the opposite side of Dover include The Western Heights and Drop Redoubt which can be visited on popular town and country walk routes. There is also the Roman Painted House and a unique Bronze Age Boat in the museum.

Walkers are Welcome membership will always recommend a town that is hospitable; so, having the status is an asset to this corner of Kent. Other advantages are a more varied group of visitors and not those just passing through on route to Europe extending the tourism season. This brings,
additional trade and employment opportunities.

Dover has recently been featured in an article, written by Anya Meyerowitz, published in Country Living, 12 Best Coastal Walks in the UK for 2021, to try when we can travel again.

The town is enjoying an exciting period of redevelopment. Plans are underway for the Western Dock’s Revival with the amazing new Marina Pier opened in 2019 which allows you to walk right out to sea and view the white cliffs in all their glory. The planned marina will attract a host of shops, bars cafes, and restaurants to complement those in the new St James centre and cinema complex in a Listed Building area of Great Historic Interest. The plan is to become the best port in the world for the benefit of customers, visitors, and the local community with hundreds of Jobs.

Transport links between this our largest port and other parts of this country and Europe are unrivalled including high-speed trains to London, the Eurostar and ferries. Many walks can be accessed via Public Transport.


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