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Walks: Deal to Dover walk
Distance 8 miles. There is a steep descent/ascent to St Margaret's Bay. The path follows unfenced section of cliff top and walkers should not approach the edge.

The Saxon Shore Way follows the ancient coastline of Kent before entering Sussex and continuing to Hastings. The Way provides the walker with a variety of scenery from the marshland of North Kent to the White Cliffs at Dover and the sandstone of the High Weald meeting the sea at Hastings.

The Saxon Shore Way is never more enjoyable than when following the spectacular coastline between the fishing town of Deal and the fortress and port of Dover.

The route begins alongside the shingle beach where boats are launched directly into the sea, follows the cliffs and descends to St Margaret's Bay before crossing the downland with views of Dover Castle. From Deal Station cross the car park and turn left. At the seafront turn right.

A walk along the seafront provides an excellent view of the Deal fishing industry. The castle is owned by English Heritage and is one of three built by Henry VIII along this coast from Sandown to Walmer. The seafront houses at Kingsdown are fine examples of eccentric English seaside architecture.

The Zetland Arms provides an opportunity to pause and consider the pleasures of seaside life.

Turn right at this pub and then left along Undercliffe Road. At the end steps provide the ascent up the chalk cliffs. St Margaret’s Bay is a pleasing halfway point and worth the steep descent to the shore. Pass the Pines Garden and a small museum before climbing up to the lighthouse at South Foreland, now owned by the National Trust.

The springy grassland is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. There are long distance views of Dover Castle to keep you in the right direction.

Pass through the National Trust car park at Langdon Cliff before descending under the viaduct taking traffic to the Docks. Walk along Atholl Terrace to join the Main Street. Dover Priory Station is signposted from the town centre.

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Walk from southeastwalks.com

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