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“What a wonderful surprise!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Samphire Hoe

Samphire Hoe
A20, Dover, England
01304 225 688
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Ranked #8 of 27 Attractions in Dover
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Rees, Germany
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“What a wonderful surprise!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

I have been travelling back and forth to Dover for over twelve years now and until this summer, I had never taken the time to pop into the unique conservation area called Samphire Hoe.

I think maybe that like me, many people arrive in Dover on the ferry, and on the whole they are going on to somewhere else other than Dover itself. But here is a wonderful tip if you happen to find yourself in Dover with time on your hands. Visit the Samphire Hoe! Its really lovely!

On the occasion when I visited the site, the weather was extraordinarily wonderful and so I have to admit to having seen it in its best light, but I think that in any weather, a visit to this site would be very rewarding.

So what is so special about it? Well, firstly, at least for me, it was the sheer surprise of coming through the entrance tunnel into a whole different world. One minute you are on the A 20 heading west and then you take the funny little turn off on your left (just outside of Dover) and wait at the traffic lights and then pass through a quite unexpected tunnel and your eventual emergence into a quite a different landscape on the other side. There are sand dunes and lots of nice paths for walking and there is an enormous concrete storm break with heaps of space for walking and enjoying the view across the wide bay or for angling.

I don't need to repeat the information which you can find on the excellent Internet site for this attraction, (http://www.samphirehoe.com/uk/samphire-hoe) but I can tell you that it is a great place to go and get some fresh air and to escape the busy comings and goings of the town of Dover.

There is a kiosk there for drinks and snacks and lots of places to go to be in the nature and to simply enjoy this amazing site. The view back in-land with the towering green carpeted cliffs is simply lovely. I never imagined this kind of landscape could exist so close by to a major arterial route. When I was there in the summer, it was a very hot day but this didn't stop many hopeful souls from trying their hand at fishing. I got the impression that a lot of the people I met were either visitors or immigrants who seemed to be fishing for food rather than pleasure, but whatever reason they had for being there, it kind of gave the place a "lived in" feeling.

That the place only exists by dint of the creation of the now infamous Channel Tunnel, is an additional attraction. It seems so natural and yet in truth, it is (in its present condition) a relatively new phenomena to the area.

I think it would be ideal for families, for singles, for couples in fact, for anybody. OK, if you are looking for traditional seaside stuff, then its not for you, but otherwise give it go! I for one can't wait to visit it in the winter when the weather is a little wilder and the nature is bound to be different.

Bring your own food (picnic) and make a family day out of it. I am only amazed that it has taken so long for me to discover this wonderful attraction. I really can recommend it!

Visited August 2012
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Lymington, United Kingdom
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

A 10 minute walk on a concrete sea wall to get to some real shore made this a bit of a disappointment for us. You have to pay to park and there is a basic cafe. I guess it's a good enough place for a walk and views across the Channel but there are much better places quite close.

Visited September 2012
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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“Visit to Samphire Hoe”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Not much to see really, but interesting for children. Little notices explaining about the area and the wildlife. Not very good for people with mobility problems though. The cafe is very basic, and you have to pay to park.

Visited June 2012
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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“Lovely and unspoilt”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

A rare unspoilt place where you can see sea, cliffs, wildlife and the odd cow!. Small kiosk for tea etc but good for a picnic. Dont come for seaside ammusements but for god old fashioned walking and sightseeing

Visited August 2012
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“Lovely walk in the wild”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Brilliant place. So wild and lovely views. So much choice re walks and a brilliant place to have a picnic. Accessible with pushchairs too!

Visited August 2012
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