|Total Days *
||Self-led £681-00** available all year
||Guided £996-00 *** available all year
|* Total days include arrival and departure days.
** Price per person based on two people sharing - £29-00 single persons supplement per night
*** Guided tour price with minimum of 2 persons – single person Guided supplement is £298-00
**** Additional non-walking days - £129-00. Two additional nights inc' luggage transfer and lunches are required to extend tour beyond Deal to complete a circular back to Canterbury along the Stour Valley Trail at £137-00 per night – making a 6 day walk, total 8 days and 7 nights walk.
White Cliffs of Dover
The White Cliffs of Dover are an evocative symbol of Britain and this holiday offers the opportunity to walk along the White Cliffs following the Saxon Shore Way and the White Cliffs County Trail. The White Cliffs were the first sign of home for travellers, and are a reminder of the barrier that the English Channel has presented to potential invaders during more recent times.
All Walk Awhile’s walking holidays include breakfast, locally sourced packed lunches, qualified tracker support plus all the guide books, maps and supporting literature you need for the duration of the holiday as well as luggage transfer. Your Tracker is at the end of a phone should you run into problems. You meet your Tracker each morning and Walk Awhile ensures that restaurants and pubs are open for food in each village on the night of your stay. All you have to do is the walking.
This walk builds on part of the Discovering Rural Kent Walk (i.e. passing by Joseph Conrad's house, exploring the Elham Valley and its vineyard). The route has been chosen by Walk Awhile to accommodate walkers in Inns all along the route. On the journey you pass Dover castle, the Western Heights (Napoleonic fort), Caesars camp (an impressive Iron Age hill fort) outside of Folkestone, Deal and Walmer (Henry VIII) castles. The walk also passes the remains of a Knight's Templar church. An additional 2 nights take you to the Isle of Thanet and onto the medieval Cinque Port of Sandwich and then back to Canterbury and a third night can be included to allow time to explore Canterbury.
Starting in Canterbury, the walk follows the Elham Valley Trail along the meandering course of the Nailbourne, passing the grounds of Bourne House and Charlton Park. There is a chance to visit a local vineyard on the journey and taste some local Kentish wine or enjoy a cream tea, before reaching the beautiful village of Elham in the heart of the Elham Valley, where you will rest for the night.
On the second day the walk joins the White Cliffs near Folkestone, heading eastwards along the Saxon Shore Way and onto the ancient sea port of Dover. The route takes you along the coastal path on the top of the White Cliffs, with superb views across the Channel to France. You will walk through Iron-age forts and around Napoleonic defences that have all formed strategic defences over the centuries. The journey ascends the 350 foot massive majestic lump of chalk that rises from the shores of England overlooking the English Channel; the white cliffs of Dover forming the nearest point of England to mainland Europe.
At Dover the view from the summit eastwards, beyond the harbour and the lower part of the town, presents views of Dover Castle and the English coast as far as the South Foreland. In the other direction seawards the busy shipping of the English Channel and views of Cap Grenez, on the French Coast. The route descends the Cliffs into St Margaret’s Bay, infamous for its links with smuggling and then ascends back onto the Langdon Cliffs, with time to enjoy the White Cliffs Visitor centre and climb to the lamp in the South Foreland Lighthouse, that kept ships away from the treacherous Goodwin Sands.
The tour spends the last two days walking along the shoreline until the ancient coastal town of Deal is reached, with time to visit its coastal fortress built in the reign of Henry VIII. The following morning the train can be taken from Deal back to Canterbury or onto London Victoria.
Extend Your Holiday
Alternatively this holiday can be extended by a couple of days to continue along the Saxon Shore Way and across East Kent before heading west and back to Canterbury via the Stour Valley Trail. This extended walk takes you further along the shoreline, and across the Royal St.Georges golf course into the historic town and Cinque Port of Sandwich. Here one can explore the old town walls, follow the Rope walk and the Butts, before following the course of the River Stour onto the Roman Gateway to Britain, at Richborough castle where Watling Street begins.
For those with plenty of energy, the final day’s extension to the White Cliffs Tour allows you to follow the Stour Valley Trail through some of Kent’s best riverside scenery. You can enjoy a drink at one of the riverside pubs; taking in the varied landscape and spend the day returning along the banks of the Stour to Canterbury.
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