Walking in White Cliffs Country
See the beauty of this unique destination where coast meets countryside and relaxation meets adventure by experiencing White Cliffs Country in a more active way. Boost your health and fitness in the great outdoors, breathe fresh coastal air and experience the peace and harmony of the natural environment - here, 22% of the entire region is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The town centres of Deal, Dover and Sandwich are dotted with heritage landmarks and hidden gems on every corner - so whether you're out and about on a leisurely stroll, or you've planned a day out doing things in town, you can take time to discover the stories behind our history. White Cliffs Country also enjoys one of the warmest and driest climates in the UK. What's not to love about walking and cycling?
NEW for Spring 2022
This Spring we’re inviting you to discover – or perhaps, re-discover – the hidden gems at the heart of White Cliffs Country. Take a walk around the historic centres of Dover, Deal and Sandwich to uncover the history, heritage and fascinating stories of these characterful towns - which have shaped them, and their people, throughout time.
Across historic Dover, maritime Deal and medieval Sandwich, you’ll find a selection of self-guided walking trails to follow – with each trail connecting you more closely with the origins of White Cliffs Country. You’ll find all the information you need about the trails here on our website – with links to maps and guides offering details on where they start, how long they are and what you can expect to experience along the way.
To encourage you to get out and explore, from Saturday 12th February we’re offering you the chance to collect a FREE White Cliffs Country water bottle* while you’re out walking the trails! Made from aluminium, the sturdy and stylish water bottles can be used on your walking adventures time and again, making them the perfect, handy tool you need to refresh yourself and re-hydrate after an interesting and inspiring walk outdoors in White Cliffs Country – before you’re ready to go again! Have a look at some of our suggestions below for ideas. Where will you explore first?
The Bluebird Heritage Trail in Dover, for example, is a self-guided trail marked by distinctive Bluebird Heritage Trail bronze pavement markers, which links Dover’s historic buildings, sites and monuments. Find out all about the trail here. (Keep in mind, while you’re following the Bluebird Heritage Trail, that due to exciting developments currently taking place in Dover’s Market Square and at Dover Marina, you will notice some changes along the route.) While you’re exploring the Bluebird Heritage Trail, at Dover Museum you can head to the White Cliffs Country Visitor Information Centre and collect your free White Cliffs Country water bottle*. You can also pick up some great free printed maps and guides, including the new White Cliffs Country 2022 Visitor Guide, and our Walking & Cycling Guide.
In Deal, you can discover and explore amongst other trails the Royal Marines Heritage Trail, which celebrates the rich history of the Royal Marines (who were stationed at Deal from 1869 to 1996) and their unique relationship with Deal and Walmer. Look out for the embedded bronze markers as you follow the self-guided heritage walking trail around Deal and Walmer and, after completing the trail, wander up to Deal Pier from where you can collect your free White Cliffs Country water bottle from the booth at the entrance to the pier*. Follow the link to download the trail map.
Sandwich Town Trail takes you on an incredible journey of discovery into the medieval origins and history of the Cinque Port town. Download the map from our website and use it to match the numbers and information points with the locations on the trail. You’ll find information boards at each point on the marked route as well, telling the story of Sandwich throughout the centuries. Collect your free White Cliffs Country water bottle from Sandwich Visitor Information Centre at Sandwich Guildhall* - and don’t forget to collect some handy (and free) White Cliffs Country printed maps and guides while you’re there!
And talking of walking… what about walking and talking? If you love the idea of discovering more about the history of Dover and Deal on a guided walking tour, make sure you sign up for our two FREE walking tours of these historic towns. Both tours are taking place in February 2022 – you must book a place to take part.
The Discover Deal tour, from Deal’s The History Project, takes place on Saturday 12th February and Saturday 19th February. During the guided walking tour you’ll uncover 2000 years of history, from the arrival of Julius Caesar to the notorious Goodwin Sands; Henry VIII’s castles and Deal’s smuggling history, the famous faces of Deal from Lord Nelson to Charles Hawtrey and more. Book your free space on the tour by emailing email@example.com. Tours run at 10am and 2pm.
In Dover, the Town Centre History and Heritage Tour on Sunday 20th February is the first in a series of free walks with Dover Tales. This guided walking tour explores the heritage sites and monuments of historic Dover and is expected to last around 90 minutes. Meet at St Mary's Parish Church in Canon Street from 11.15am, with the tour starting at 11.30am.
The Discover Deal Tour and Dover’s Town Centre History and Heritage Tour are being arranged by Dover District Council and are funded from the Government’s Welcome Back Fund.
*Limit applies to one water bottle per person. While stocks last.
White Cliffs Country in Kent has countless walking trails to suit all ages and abilities. Take a challenging hike through the countryside or stroll peacefully along by the coast. Explore our character towns of Deal, Dover and Sandwich on foot and follow one of our many village trails to discover their fascinating histories. Whether you're an experienced walker or a casual rambler, you're sure to find something to suit you - and with our dog-friendly walking routes and trails, four-legged friends will love it here as well!
Discover mile upon mile of marked walking trails and themed routes such as:
With a variety of distances and terrain, you'll find walks in White Cliffs Country will appeal to everyone. Whether you're planning a challenging hike, or a more gentler-paced ramble, you'll want to rest your legs at the end of the day, so make sure you browse our fantastic selection of quality accommodation. Better still, plan a walking staycation in White Cliffs Country - find inspiration for your itinerary here.
Find out more about the fantastic walks on offer in White Cliffs Country in our Walking and Cycling leaflet, complete with maps. Some specific routes have their own accompanying leaflets, adding detail and interest along the way. Our Visitor Information Centre team can point you in the right direction - why not contact them on the live chat below?