Sunday saw me pull my walking boots on again for the first time in a while in order to meet up with some friends and walk from Deal to Dover. A lovely coastal walk over the famous "White Cliffs".
After an inauspicious start (it chucked it down as I arrived at Dover Station) we all met up and got the train to Deal. Whilst it wasn't exactly sunny it had at least stopped raining. It also soon warmed up as we got walking meaning that the waterproofs could be taken off and stowed in the bag. It stayed fairly overcast all the way with the occasional spot of drizzle, but, never enough to require the waterproofs again.
Photos below run in order from Deal. In essence though...a great walk over a historic landscape. The defenses in places date back to the 12th Century (Dover Castle). But, if you think that is old the White Cliffs themselves date back even further...These chalk cliffs rise to ~110m in places. That chalk is thought to form at the rate of 1cm every 100,000 years. Do the maths and that is 1,100,000,000 years to form the cliffs. They are also eroding at the rate of 1-2cm per year due to the waves (and occasionally a large chuck comes down!).
Enjoy the photos.
|Fishing boats in Deal|
|Walmer Life Boat Station|
|Lonely beach hut|
|Looking back from the first ascent (near Kingsdown)|
|Clouds over the fields|
|Memorial to the Dover Patrol|
Dover war memorial project - Obelisk
|Looking down to St Margaret's Bay|
|St Margaret's Bay|
|The way ahead from St Margaret's Bay|
|View back from the South Foreland|
|South Foreland Lighthouse|
National Trust - South Foreland Lighthouse
|Ferry - anyone would think there was a port nearby...|
|Dover Port and it's finally sunny!|
|Hmmm, did I say sunny...|