Walking on the White Cliffs of Dover © National Trust

Walking Routes

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!

The towns of Deal and Dover have Walkers are Welcome accreditation, so be sure of excellent walking opportunities, top quality information, and a warm welcome!

Guided Walks

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.
  • England Coast Path - a new National Trail opening around England's coast - a total of 2,795 miles (4,500km). Walk along our section - from Folkestone, along White Cliffs Country to Ramsgate.
  • 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.

Shorter walks and Circular walks

Dover, St Margaret's Bay, Alkham and Kearsney

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kearsney Parks - parklands around ornamental lakes. Great spot for picnics.

Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown

Sandwich

Countryside

Maps

Pilgrimage

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.