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DOVER AND THE WHITE CLIFFS TRAIL
ORGANISED BY THE BWF NATIONAL COMMITTEE

CONTACT: Roger Baker, 12 Burwood Grove, Hayling Island, Hampshire PO11 9DS
Tel: 02392 462005     E-mail: trails@bwf-ivv.org.uk

DISTANCE:14km
ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to BWF)
AWARD: Cloth badge at £2.00 each
START VENUE: Maison Dieu House, (Town Hall Offices)
(Map Landranger 179) Sat Nav Code CT16 1DW Alternative CT16 1HJ
CAR PARKING: Maison Dieu Car Park 100m from start. Car parks are expensive in any city/town, this is no exception, currently £1 per hour up to £7.50 for up to 9 hours (Graduated)
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Mainline railway to Dover Priory Station, 200m from start. Coaches from London. Ferries from the continent.
TERRAIN: Steps, chalky cliff paths, tracks and town roads/pavements. Not suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs. Toilets are nearby and on the route.
REFRESHMENTS: Available in the town and en route.
WARNING: Chalky surfaces can be very slippery: Beware of traffic on all road sections: Unfenced paths on cliffs close to edge in places: Keep dogs under control: Maintain a Weather Watch especially in Strong Winds.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION (Updated 25th May 2017)    

At Maison Dieu House on information board at corner of building.

Q1 When did Dover Corporation buy Maison Dieu House?

Facing the information board turn left to go through iron gate (next to the Old Jail), immediately after gate pass the jail entrance door and barred windows, ahead then turn right to Bowling Green, turn left and turn right before river bridge (River Dour) onto path. Follow path with river on left, turn left over river bridge and then turn right to road at bus station. Cross road heading for the archway into the park. Take the path through the centre of the park then the car park (toilets) and head for road to the right of the Co-Op (Stembrook) and follow to junction. Turn left along street (no name apparent - Castle Street), to cross Maison Dieu Road at traffic lights. Ahead slightly uphill, cross road at tree/grass triangle into St James Street (St James Church ruin on left) to junction, turn left into Woolcomber Street to reach the traffic lights, turn left.

Continue along pavement and veer left into East Cliff passing the boarded up First and Last PH to the end. Pass terraced houses (Athol Terrace) following Saxon Shore Way sign, then garages on left, ahead on path uphill under road bridge and up the steps to reach kissing gate near the top. Turn right through gate following path (NT Langdon Cliffs sign on left). The Port of Dover, the English Channel and the distant coast of France now in front. Straight on well established path with fence on left, through bushes to reach open ground and a telescope turn right down steps, gate and more steps to benches on “green”, turn left. At redundant telescope stand, 5m turn left up steps to join main path, turn right. Follow path to gate, straight on passing telescope on right and bench on left to information board – “Building the Harbour”.

Q2 What is No4 on the diagram bottom RH corner?

Ahead on chalky, well worn path taking extra care on the narrower sections and the cliff edge to pass “Tilden Smith’s Dream” information board to gate (NT Langdon Hole sign on other side). Ahead then veer right on path with fence and wooden railings on right, down the steps, ahead, down the steps and follow well worn chalky path using the “long steps” and through the kissing gate at “Ruffit’s Trail 5”. Continue ahead along the cliff top with fence on left to reach the white painted NT South Foreland Lighthouse by taking the path (veering left) to the far end of the fence/wall, turn left along narrow enclosed path to the main entrance, do not enter. The Lighthouse is well worth a visit if open and is NT

Q3 How many "No Parking" signs opposite main gate?

Ahead on access road, wall on left, to turn left through large “white” gate onto metalled path (lighthouse now on left). Straight on this path between fields for approx 1.5Km, ignoring any side paths/tracks to reach fence corner on left, small gate on left in fence, follow path/fence on sweeping bend round to the right of fence to end. Turn left on grass/cindery track through kissing gate next to large gate. Ahead to next gate (NT sign Langdon Hole), follow track to reach steps in front (previously came down). Up steps with fence /wooden railings on left to gate in front (radar unit on right), do not go through. Bear right up steps, fence on left to gate (Dover Castle comes into view), straight ahead on wide green path downhill to car park and the NT Whitecliff Visitors Centre (Toilets, café and gift shop). THIS IS AN ALTERNATIVE START WITH FREE PARKING TO NT MEMBERS

Continue ahead on access road to reach road junction and right hand bend. Straight on through barriers down steps (previously came up), under road bridge, along path, pass on right of garages to Athol Terrace sign on left just past the telephone box, cross access road to pavement at pink house signed East Cliff Hotel. Follow arrow and pavement round to the right and ahead on road adjacent to the port road (Marine Parade). Ahead to end at No.1, cross left on pedestrian crossing over dual carriageway to sea front, turn right.

At channel swimmers start point, also start/finish of the North Downs Way there are three metal silhouette figures,

Q4 Who is the middle (lady) person? (Answer on plaque on nearby bench)

Maintain direction along the sea front to reach the clock tower, turn right at roundabout, cross blue swing bridge to road, turn right, cross dual carriageway at first pedestrian crossing and turn right on other side (Dover castle dominates the skyline in front). At roundabout, turn left along York Street to cross right at pedestrian crossing into un-named street and ahead to turn left on King Street. Straight on to Market Square(Dover and the Tourist Information Office are to the left) and ahead across the square into Cannon Street/Biggin Street, to continue along the mostly pedestrianised shopping street to return to the start/finish point at Maison Dieu House.

When you have completed this trail please use the Permanent Trail Entry Form

The organisers are not liable for accidents, thefts and/or damage to property. Every effort will be made by the organisers to make this a safe, enjoyable and memorable event.  

This trail is registered until 31 December 2017