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White Cliffs of Dover
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Ranked #2 of 57 things to do in Dover
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Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

We walked from the car park to the lighthouse. The weather was glorious and views were breathtaking. There are two paths, one lower and one higher and we used both. The lower one I wouldn't recommend if you don't want to climb up steep steps. Take your camera. On the day we walked (Sun, 8 Sept) we could see France really clearly. We had the cream tea (£4.70) at the lighthouse tearooms and that place is a delight. All the teapots and cups are different patterns of china and the rooms were like stepping back in time. There was a radio competition on so we learned a lot about Marconi and how iconic this lighthouse is. Truly unmissable. The highlight to our weekend in Kent.

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

This iconic place- now managed by the National Trust- is 'a must' to visit. If a member of the Trust car parking is free- if not, it is a reasonable £3.50 to park all day. Disabled parking is available close to the tea room and toilets.

I would advise sensible walking shoes because of the uneven ground; water if the weather is warm, suncream and a showerproof coat if it isn't!

Practical things aside- now for the good part!

The views along the cliffs are unbelievable. If you are a keen photographer or a novice there are endless opportunities to take the most stunning views. The Cliff itself is breathtaking and I can understand the 'lump in the throat' that must have been felt by men returning from the war.

It is a two mile walk to the South Foreland Lighthouse. It is not suitable for young children, or the elderly or those in a wheelchair. But it is the most glorious place to walk and just take in the superb scenery.
There is a great view of Dover Port at the start of the walk. Watching the huge ferries in and out of the port is great.
During the walk there were so many different butterflies with beautiful colours, sounds of the crickets and birds was heavenly.

If you are a member of National Trust it is free to go up the Lighthouse- if not, it is £12.50-ish for a family, £5-ish for one. We had a guided tour which was very interesting. Guide was very friendly and not 'too stuffy'. Lots of interesting information told in a light-hearted way.

To refuel for the two mile return trip, we had a cream tea each. Mmmm, two scones each; clotted cream and a choice of jam, with a pot of tea and cafetierre of coffee. ( enough for two cups each). This was £4.70 each. Scrummy. I like the idea that all the tea pots and cups were china, not the usual horrible stainless steel pots that leak over everything!

The walk back was just as glorious- the views are endless, glorious, breathtaking!

I didn't see any Bluebirds as the song suggested- but we will be going back to have a look!

Thank lindalumps
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Went for a nice walk with a beautiful view over the cliffs and the Dover harbor. We sit and watch the massive ships coming in and out the harbor. Easy walk but wear comfortable shoes

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Reviewed September 7, 2013

The famous white cliffs of Dover overlooking the Dover harbor has well marked paths offering breathtaking views. Do pick up a map from the souvenir shop and spend some time wandering around- if you have the time you can even walk down to the ship wreck .

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Owned by the national trust,this is worthy of its classification of one of the top ten best walks in the country.
Spectacular views and on a clear day you can see the coast of France.
The 2 mile walk takes you to the lighthouse at North Foreland,where there are tearooms.
It is £5 to go up the lighthouse for more stunning views.
At the visitor centre there are toilets and a very reasonably priced tearoom,also a gift shop.
Well worth a visit.

Thank florence1242
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