Day 1 of my trip to France
Since I had to take the train from Dover, I thought why not go one day early to Dover to visit the cliffs and stay overnight in a hotel to be on time to catch the early train the next day. That way I did not have to leave the house at 4 in the morning, since I live about 4 hours drive from Dover.
I have always wanted to visit the cliffs of Dover which are the most famous symbol of the Chanel port in Kent. They form part of the English coastline facing the Straits of Dover and France. The cliffs face a symbol of home and war but also a stunning view as it’s made up of white chalk.
You can have a peaceful walk looking at the sea, or watch the busy port with their large ships making their way in or from France. On a clear day, you can see France but it was foggy when I was there.
I have a lot of friends’ photos and online ones of the cliffs but being there in person, just like with everything else, is even more exciting.
There is parking spaces on both sides as soon as you get in but if you keep going, it will take you to even more parking spaces, far from the madness near the entrance and less to walk to the cliffs.
I went on a bank holiday Monday and I did not think it would be that busy. I was obviously very wrong. Just like me, everyone travelling from Dover or into Dover were there to see the cliffs especially as it was warm and sunny.
We got a map from the Souvenir/cafe shop and discovered the long trail along the cliffs had 4 different routes.
- Cliff Edge Route
- Viewpoint walk (20 minutes)
- Walking route to lighthouse (50 minutes)
- Walking route to Fan Bay Shelter (40 minutes ) tickets have to be booked and bought for this one
We did a bit of the Cliff Edge route which joins the viewpoint walk at some point.
The cliff edge route is pretty risky for small children who like to run about. The husband who is scared of heights held on to my daughter. Who held on to who, I wonder. I tried to take some photos while making sure I was aware of where my son was. He is not a small child but he was into climbing the sides to get chalk. I had to keep saying that he can get chalks from the lower sides too.
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