Discover wonderful cliff-top walks along our ancient coastline, explore picturesque landscapes and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, pass forts, castles and remnants of our mining heritage, follow town trails and literary trails and walk in the lee of Shakespeare Cliff, a site mentioned in King Lear. There is so much choice...take your pick!
Discover walks in White Cliffs Country
- Via Francigena - the ancient pilgrims' route from England, through France and Switzerland to Rome. Starting at the cathedral city of Canterbury, the first 33km of the 2000km walk brings you to Dover. This part of the 7th century route is fairly flat in comparison to the rest of the journey! Take a ferry to Calais and continue this Medieval journey through the valleys of France, the challenging Alps until you reach Italy and the resting place of the Saints Peter and Paul in Rome.
Long distance walks
- Saxon Shore Way - follow Kent's ancient coastline for 160 miles (257km) from Gravesend, North Kent to Hastings, East Sussex.
- North Downs Way - a long distance path of 153 miles (246km) from Farnham, Surrey to Dover, Kent. Runs along the chalk ridge of the North Downs - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Miners' Way Trail - a walking and cycling route which explores the beautiful lower slopes of the North Downs between Deal and Shepherdswell, past what remains of our mining heritage.
- Chalk and Channel Way - a walking and cycling path along the White Cliffs linking Dover and Folkestone (part of National Route 2 of the National Cycle Network).
Shorter walks and Circular walks
- White Cliffs of Dover - our most popular walk! The cliffs stretch for about 16 miles – about 8 miles (12km) each side of Dover but you can take a smaller walk! South Foreland Walk. Most visitors like to begin at Dover at the White Cliffs Visitor Centre, taking the breathtaking coastal path to the South Foreland Lighthouse at St Margaret's Bay. You can make this a circular trip and walk back (or catch the bus!) to Dover, or you can continue along the cliffs to Kingsdown. According to The National Trust, a Viewpoint Walk takes about 20 minutes (although we think you'll be captivated and like to stay longer!), Walking to the Lighthouse (2 miles) takes about 50 minutes. You can take refreshments at Mrs Knott's Tea Room at South Foreland Lighthouse, and at White Cliffs Visitor Centre. There is a cliff edge route (please take care) and a route a little further away. Whichever route you choose, you can enjoy panoramic views of the English Channel, glimpses of the French coast on a good day, and the beautiful rare plants and insects on the famous White Cliffs.
- Frontline Britain Trail - 4 mile circular route around St Margaret's includes Dover Patrol Memorial and South Foreland Lighthouse. Learn about the role of St Margaret's during the Second World War.
- Dover Walks - 10 circular walks
- If you are interested in the heritage of the Dover district, contact Dover Greeters - they offer guided Dover Heritage Walks to visitors.
- A Royal Geographical Society Walk in Dover - The Key to the Kingdom. Discover Dover at the gateway between Britain and Europe. Distance - 2 miles. All walks are free to download from the Discovering Britain website as either PDF booklets or MP3 audio walks.
- Deal Walks - 10 circular walks
- A new Royal Geographical Society Walk from Walmer to Deal - Invasion Coast. Distance - 6 miles. Explore a changing coastline between Walmer and Deal. Visit the Discovering Britain website for information. All walks are free to download as either PDF booklets or MP3 audio walks.
- Sandwich Walks - 7 circular walks
- Rich Seam Walks - 9 circular walk
- River Dour Walk - from Wellington Docks at Dover seafront to Temple Ewell - 4 miles (6km) allow 2.5 hours. Download River Dour Trail.
- Samphire Hoe
- Kingsdown to Walmer
- Goodnestone Park
- Western Heights - 3 clearly marked circular routes - follow each route separately or join them together for a longer walk of approx 4 miles. Drop Redoubt Circular Walk approx 3/4 of a mile taking about 40 minutes. Grand Shaft Circular Walk approx 3/4 of a mile taking about 40 minutes. Citadel Circular Walk approx 2 miles taking 2 hours.
- Betteshanger Country Park - leisure paths for walking in woodlands and countryside, full of wildlife.
- Kearsney Abbey and Bushy Ruff - parklands around ornamental lakes. Great spot for picnics.
- White Cliffs Countryside Partnership - visit website for details about walks, nature and events.
- Kent Interactive Map
Guided Walks, Walking Groups and Events
With such a fantastic choice of coastal and countryside routes to take, you can explore with our local walking groups and societies. Members and non-members are welcome!
Find out more about Guided Walks, Walking Groups and Walking Events>>
Don't forget to pop in to the Visitor Information Centres at Dover, Deal and Sandwich where maps, guides and programmes are available to buy or refer to.