If you have not yet discovered the delights of White Cliffs country, we can highly recommend it as a spectacular stretch of heritage coast where butterflies dance over multi-coloured carpets of flowers. Here the only sound is of skylarks singing above, where your feet gently tread soft downland turf and all around is unspoilt beauty and tranquillity. As you enjoy glorious clifftop walking you will see the French coastline across the Channel. And if you are interested in history, this area is completely steeped in history, both ancient and modern.
White Cliffs country is easily accessible from London by road or rail, being only a few minutes from Dover.
Fast, direct trains run from London to Dover in just over an hour. If you want to spend a day here, we recommend walking both east and west of St Margaret’s Bay and lunching at the highly-acclaimed Coastguard Inn, the nearest pub to France. For a more leisurely day out, walk towards Deal and enjoy lunch on the beach at the Zetland Arms at Kingsdown. Alternatively walk in the direction of Dover and lunch at the National Trust White Cliffs centre with fascinating views over the port below. Local walks ideas can be found on the National Trust website
For several years we organised two-day breaks based at St Margaret’s and staying at the White Cliffs Hotel with the beach at the bottom of the hill and the White Cliffs of Dover soaring above (see the hotel’s website: www.thewhitecliffs.com). Here you can relax in the pretty walled garden with its climbing roses and in the acclaimed restaurant enjoy meat from Kent and fish from local waters. The hotel features in Alastair Sawday’s ‘Special Places to Stay’, is a ‘Best Loved Hotel of the World’ and is Johansens recommended with AA rosettes for cuisine. For details of a self-guided walking break in White Cliffs country, please see the webpage. Other special walking holidays which always include commentary to highlight numerous features of interest, visit: www.country-walks.com