This weekend we’re off to the iconic White Cliffs of Dover!
On this dramatic coastal cliff-top hike, we’ll enjoy unrivalled views of the English Channel, the French coast and world’s busiest passenger port - Port of Dover. Beautiful sandy and shingle beaches, seafront promenades with historic castles, charming St. Margaret’s Bay and a refreshing sea breeze - the hike is very exciting and one of my favourites!
Apart from the incredible panoramic views and famous chalk cliffs, the place holds a spectacular abundance of history, science and innovation. The cliffs were the front line for much of World War II and house a labyrinth of tunnels buried beneath the headland. Along the way we’ll see the famous Dover Castle, described as the “Key to England”, which has guarded the shortest sea crossing between England and continental Europe for nine centuries. Never conquered, its strategic importance was equalled only by the Tower of London and Windsor Castle. We’ll also pass the first lighthouse in the world to shine with an electric lamp thanks to the groundbreaking work of Michael Faraday. In this very lighthouse, Guglielmo Marconi did some of the world’s first radio experiments, including the first ship-to-shore wireless transmission and the first international wireless transmission in 1899.
• Enjoy a gentle stroll along the famous White Cliffs of Dover.
• Take in dramatic panoramic views across the Channel and the Strait of Dover.
• Watch the hustle and bustle of the world’s busiest passenger port.
• Visit the lovely St. Margaret’s Bay and have some tea/snacks there with spectacular views out to sea.
• Discover South Foreland Lighthouse used a test bed location for groundbreaking inventions of world-famous physicists Faraday and Marconi.
• See one of the most iconic English fortresses - Dover Castle. In May 1940 the greatest rescue of all time, the evacuation of Dunkirk (“Operation Dynamo”), was controlled from here, as was the decoy invasion to distract attention from the real D-Day landings.
• See 500-year-old Walmer and Deal Castles, built by Henry VIII to protect England from possible invasion from France and Spain.
• Explore the medieval town of Sandwich, one of the Cinque Ports and an important naval base during the Middle Ages, with its maze of ancient streets and attractive timber-framed buildings.
• Enjoy delicious, freshly cooked Italian food at the end of a long day at Luigi's - one of the best places to eat in Sandwich!
DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY:
Distance: 16 miles (26 km).
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09:15 meet at London St Pancras International railway station on the benches next to Starbucks; 09:25 leave the meeting point to board the train; 11:00-18:00 hiking from Dover to Sandwich; 18:00-19:00 dinner at an Italian restaurant in Sandwich; 21:00 London St Pancras International.
We will stop for a snack lunch halfway through the hike. Please bring a packed lunch with you.
After the hike we have booked a table for our group at Luigi's Italian restaurant in Sandwich. The restaurant serves superb authentic Italian food (traditional and modern) and has many happy customers. Portions are generous and prices are reasonable 👍!
This hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified Lowland Leader.
Payment of £36 via PayPal on RSVP is required to confirm your participation.
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
• train tickets
• professional event organisation
• guiding by an experienced Lowland Leader
• group first aid kit with qualified first aiders
• walkie-talkies provided in places with bad reception
• admin fee
• PayPal fee
WHAT TO BRING:
• suitable hiking shoes and clothes
• packed lunch
That’s it - we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day hiking 🙂!