Walking the White Cliffs’ Tour - Canterbury to Deal
6 or 7
Available all year round
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The White Cliffs of Dover are an evocative symbol of Britain and this holiday offers the opportunity to take in the stunning views. Starting in the cathedral city of Canterbury, the walk follows the Elham Valley, before ascending the Kent Downs prior to reaching Dover, and then along the well marked cliff top path to the old fishing town of Deal . Two optional days follow the England Coast Path to the Cinque Port of Sandwich, and then the Stour Valley trail with riverside views before returning to Canterbury. Moderate with ascents
This flexible itinerary includes: accommodation in B&Bs, inns and hotels with breakfasts, daily luggage transfer, fully marked up maps and guidebooks with walk essentials hamper and tracker support. A Walk Awhile tracker will meet walkers on arrival evening to talk through the walk and provide the walk essentials hamper.
SELF LED TOURS:
Support and advice is available by phone from your tracker throughout the duration of your walk. After breakfast each day, your luggage will be transported to your next accommodation stop. There is an optional debrief meeting at the end of your holiday.
Walk Awhile accommodates walkers at inns and pubs with accommodation, hotels and B&Bs. There are dozens of historic pubs along the route, which you thoroughly enjoy.
Flights arrive/leave from Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow Airport, with good links to St. Pancras International rail station.
Dover Ferry Port in Kent connects to Calais by cross channel Ferry, from where trains can be taken to Canterbury
Canterbury, Ashford & Dover are on main train lines from St Pancras International and Ashford International Station
Eurostar from Lille, Paris and Brussels to St. Pancras, and Ashford. National Express Coach Services run regularly from London Victoria to Canterbury and Dover.
Arrival at your accommodation in the historic city of Canterbury where you will meet a Walk Awhile representative who will provide you with maps, guidebooks and a hamper of supporting literature, wh ch will be transferred with your luggage daily. Walk Awhile will provide information about where lunch and evening meals will be available and will ensure that there are restaurants and pubs open for food in each village where you will be staying.
Following breakfast & luggage transfer, you will leave Canterbury, passing through Bishopsbourne, where you will see Joseph Conrad’s house, and the historic church. The walk continues through the beautiful Elham Valley 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 picturesque village of Elham where you will rest for the night. (13.5 miles)
You will ascend on to the Kent Downs, catching sight of rare wildflowers in season, and passing ‘Caesar’s Camp’ iron-age fort and join the White Cliffs near Folkestone, with superb views across the Channel to France heading eastwards along the Saxon Shore Way on to your walker friendly accommodation near Folkestone. (11 miles)
Ascending once more on to the cliffs, on a clear day you will have views of Cap Grenez, on the French Coast, you will pass a Knights Templar church, Napoleanic defences, and later on dramatic views of Dover Castle and the White Cliffs. Overnight accommodation in Dover at walker friendly hotel or guest house (9 miles)
Dover Castle is one of the best places to gain an understanding of a thousand years of England’s history. Take the morning to explore and don’t miss the fabulous WWII tunnels. Continue along the White Cliffs Country Trail, visiting the smuggling village of St Margaret’s Bay. The walk continues onwards to Walmer, with its picture-perfect Tudor Castle and gorgeous gardens. Your destination is the town of Deal, where you will spot the third spectacular castle of the day. Your Seafront accommodation in Deal is a nineteenth-century Inn. (6 miles)
Departure day time to explore Deal and take a taxi or train back to Canterbury or London
Follow the Saxon Shore Way to Richborough Castle, base camp for the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43, and the start of Watling Street. Pick up the Stour Valley Trail through some of Kent's best rural, orchard and riverside scenery. Passing an old lavender water distillery, you arrive at the overnight riverside accommodation (10.5 miles)
DAY 8 option
Crossing the Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve you may see rare species of birds and butterflies. Pass historic buildings in the Flemish style then on to Fordwich with its Saxon church and timer framed town Hall. Reaching Canterbury pass St. Martin's Church, thought to be the oldest church in England still in use, and dating from the era of St. Augustine. Overnight accommodation in Canterbury (8.5 miles)
ALTERNATIVE EXTENDED ITINERARY
Day 6 option
A choice of routes can be arranged, including along the Saxon Shore Way/England Coast Path across the Royal St. Georges Golf Course, to the historic town and Cinque Port of Sandwich. Here you can explore the old town walls, see the lovely medieval buildings, follow the picturesque quay, and the peaceful Salutation Gardens. Stay at walker friendly hotel in Sandwich (10.5 miles)
Day 7 option