One of my absolute favorite things about living in this part of England is the White Cliffs of Dover. I am sure I have mentioned them in numerous posts and thought it was about time they got a full write up. We love to go hiking around, and up and down, these beautiful cliffs along our coast. If there is one thing I would miss the most if I left England, the White Cliffs would be it.
As gorgeous as these chalk formations are, they are also an important symbol of England. For thousands of years they have greeted invaders and visitors alike as they came over from continental Europe. What the Statue of Liberty was to immigrants arriving in America, the White Cliffs of Dover are to those arriving in England. And wow, what a welcome.
These cliffs owe their striking white color to the white chalk they are mostly composed of. They are 350 feet at their highest and provide the most incredible views. On clear days you can easily see France across the English Channel, an amazing view for a Sunday stroll.
This past weekend we walked from Dover train station up to the National Trust White Cliffs Visitor’s Center, which is quite the trek in itself. We spent five hours exploring beaches, taking in a scenic picnic lunch, and visiting some of the area’s other incredible attractions.
The Vistor’s Center offers drinks, food and a gift shop full of local products and souvenirs. The cream tea is worth having, although it is difficult to make a bad scone if it is smothered in Cornish clotted cream. Yum.
Let us be real. The White Cliffs of Dover are a must-see. Don’t visit England and miss these beauties.