Local Information for Walkers

National Trust


These world-famous high chalk cliffs look out onto the English Channel, giving far-reaching views towards the French coast. The best way to see the cliffs is to enjoy a walk along the coastal path towards South Foreland Lighthouse. You’ll get a great view of the cliffs and also see the chalk grassland that’s home to so many unusual plants and insects.






CHALKUP21 is focussed on contemporary architecture and aims to inspire a range of creative responses through videos, photographs, drawings and poetry. So whether you’re a creative person, an architect, or simply someone who likes a good long walk, CHALKUP21 aims to bring a newly developed awareness of the cultural spaces that surround us and form our communities. Be part of telling the story by using the #CHALKUP21 hashtag.


The CHALKUP21 structures are linked between Folkestone and Deal by two of the finest long-distance trails in England and Wales; North Downs Way and England Coast Path National Trail routes. These pass through the Kent Downs AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the chalk grassland of the North Downs escarpment and heritage coastline to the beach to Deal.





Cliffs Countryside Partnership


White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (WCCP) organises a programme of around 200 guided walks every year. The walks are mainly at the weekend and are a great way to discover more about the wildlife and history of the town and countryside of White Cliffs Country and The Garden Coast. Most of the events are free, although you are welcome to make a donation, and many are gentle strolls suitable for all ages. WCCP has also created a number of walking routes within the nature reserves that it manages, including Samphire Hoe, Western Heights and Whinless Down with trails waymarked from the town centre.




North Downs Way National Trail


The North Downs Way is one of only 15 designated National Trails in England and Wales and has a diverse appeal for many unique reasons. Passing through 153 miles of stunning and diverse landscapes and through the protected landscapes of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Kent Downs AONB the North Downs Way makes for a great place for a family day out, a short walk, ride, a really good ice cream or a life-changing long distance walk.

Key Attractions




Stay in Dover


Dover Accommodation Members look forward to welcoming walkers to their historic town with many attractions.





White Cliffs Country


Tourism information for Dover District including Deal and Sandwich




White Cliffs Walking Festival


40 varied walks over one week at the end of August. This festival will encourage you to take a break and get to know our wonderful, local countryside, whether you are an experienced walker or not. Join our mailing list on the website.




White Cliffs Ramblers


We are a friendly group and welcome new walkers. We walk every week on Thursdays (long walks) and Sundays (short and long walks). You will be joining the national Ramblers and can walk with them anywhere in the UK.





Dover and Thanet Rights of Way Society


The Dover and Thanet Rights of Way Society (DATROWS) Group been in existence for over 40 years and aim originally was to protect and save many footpaths.

Group has a wide ranging membership and ages and their walks range from short easy walks [leisurely walks about three miles], ordinary walks of 5-6 miles and occasionally all day walks 10 - 12 miles.

Walks lists and more can be found on our website. Membership is £5 per year for a family, however, the Society welcomes non-members (i.e. people visiting the area) to join our walks - free of any charge.




Bluebird Heritage Trail


The trail takes in Dover's historic building, sites and monuments from 3500 years go to recent times. For more information and to download the free App visit the website.




Transport information


Bus routes: www.stagecoachbus.com/dover-town-network-maps.aspx
Trains: National Rail - www.nationalrail.co.uk


Explore Kent


Find dozens of walks, bike rides, country parks and outdoor activities within Kent



Kent Downs AONB Protected Landscape


The Kent Downs is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 878 sq. km from the White Cliffs of Dover to the Surrey Border.

The AONB’s dramatic landscape is nationally recognised and distinguished by a huge arch of chalk that sweeps across Kent in the shape of an eyelid, forming the AONB’s most recognisable geological feature.

Hidden deep underneath the surface this chalk ridge in the Kent Downs is part of the same formation found in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey, and it also reappears across the Strait of Dover in northern France.

Some of the most important physical features of the AONB include:






Up on the Downs

Up on the Downs organises the Big Summer Festival, which takes place in the first two weeks of the summer holidays, and has a wide range of walks and activities for all the family. Our What’s On page promotes a wide range of walks and events from local organisations.


http://www.uponthedowns.org.uk/Get-Involved/Whats-On/Whats-On.aspx or our home page is www.uponthedowns.org.uk