Last autumn, we decided to throw caution to the wind and go on a bit of a road trip. One of the stops was somewhere we’ve always wanted to visit, Dover. I’ve wanted to see the White Cliffs of Dover for the longest time, but living in the North East means literally travelling across the country to go there!
It was quite an interesting journey, as the weather wasn’t our friend. It poured it down as we were driving there. We got there in the evening so decided to head to the cliffs in the morning. The thing about Dover (which I didn’t know) is that it’s quite secluded! For some reason, I expected it to be quite a buzzing place due to the Eurotunnel, but that wasn’t the case. We stayed at the Premier Inn which was quite close to the cliffs. It was at an isolated location but had a restaurant with it so it was good enough. We ventured into town the following night for a meal, but it was completely dead. We went to a lovely Italian place, Dino’s Italian Restaurant and had some good pizza, and again it was very quiet. We liked the hotel as it was quiet, big rooms and clean. We weren’t looking for much more than that!
The next morning we drove to the cliffs (about 5/6 miles), there was free parking at the entrance. We started walking along the path and soon we could see the glorious White Cliffs of Dover. It was a sight to remember! It was a bright day, and the reflection against the chalky white cliffs made it quite a striking view. I will say one thing, which made me a little sad, seeing the stunning natural beauty and then seeing the Eurotunnel port. I felt like the port has definitely ruined the beauty somewhat. You see the port as you drive up to the parking, as you walk closer to the cliff; it is behind you so it’s not the worst I suppose. The sea was the clearest I’ve even seen in England, a deep turquoise. The only word I could use to describe the sight, breathtaking! I know a lot of people have a bucket list of travel where they include exotic locations, but guys, I cannot tell you the happiness and contentment I felt just sitting on the cliff in the serene environment gazing at the sea.
We walked along the cliff edge, there is an actual path; we weren’t being daredevils or anything. We stopped along the path to take pictures and just sit and take in the view. The path led up to the South Foreland Lighthouse at the end, which had little picnic benches etc for people to sit and eat. There was also a little cafe inside with cakes which was lovely. You could just drive straight there using another route, but I’m so glad we decided to walk otherwise we would’ve missed the views!
There is an artificial beach quite close to the cliffs. Something we didn’t know, but you can actually get speed boats to take you to the sea where you can get spectacular views of the White Cliffs! Sadly by the time we found out they had already finished their last trip, so make sure if you’re interested in that, you book beforehand!
We went to Samphire Hoe, which is a lovely area created during the construction of the Channel Tunnel. It’s such a serene place, you could walk along the seaside and it’s especially perfect if you enjoy fishing. On our way back from Dover, we also stopped off at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne. I really enjoyed Dover and want to go back to further explore the area and perhaps travel along the coast towards Brighton.