DATE:Sunday 24 October 2021
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HIKING DIFFICULTY:Distance: 17km.
Ascent: 231 metres.
Descent: 290 metres.
CATEGORIES:Beach, Boat trip, Castle, Caves, Church, Cliffs, Coast, Countryside, Graffiti, Guided tour, Hike, Hills, History, Lighthouse, Museums, Nature reserve, Panoramic views, Pier, Royalty, Sea, Ships, Shopping, Town
COST:This amazing trip costs £34.00 .
WHAT'S INCLUDED: This includes the well-organised trip with all of the logistics and route planned, 2-way transport, and some awesome travel buddies to make good friends.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED: We don't normally go inside buildings or attractions that charge an entry fee unless stated in the "Extra Activity Costs" section below.
EXTRA ACTIVITY COSTS:No extra activity costs.
DESTINATION INFO:The white cliffs of Dover are an iconic symbol of Britain, facing continental Europe at the narrowest part of the channel, from where you can see the coastline of France from Boulogne to Dunkerque on a clear day. Formed around 80 million years ago from the skeletal remains of billions of sea creatures, the cliffs form a formidable barrier from invaders, rising to over 100 metres above the sea. Julius Caesar tried to land near Dover in 55 BC but was fought back by the Britons. The cliffs contain a series of hidden tunnels used by troops during the Napoleonic Wars, and later used as Winston Churchill’s military headquarters during WW2.
We’ll do a beautiful hike and see many sights including the famous white cliffs, Dover Castle known as the “Key to England” due to it’s defensive significance, South Foreland lighthouse which was site of the first international radio transmission, the lookout post used by Winston Churchill, the Roman lighthouse which is one of the oldest buildings in Britain, and St Margaret-at-Cliffe from where adventurous swimmers begin their cross-channel attempts, walk along Dover Pier, relax on the beach and watch the ferries come in from Europe, and more.
HIGHLIGHTS:– Visit St Margaret’s Bay and see the beach below the cliffs where cross-Channel swimmers begin their journey.
– Hike over the white cliffs of Dover, taking in the fresh sea air and the view of the French coast.
– See the fortifications built to protect England from invasion.
– Relax by the sea on Dover beach, with a gorgeous view of the white cliffs and Dover Castle.
– Free time to explore Dover, try some local foods, visit the museum, buy souvenirs, take photos.
TRIP VIDEO:This is an indication of some of the things that we may see on our trip.
DEPARTURE:MEETING TIME: 08:05 . We'll leave the departure point after 5 mins so you must arrive well before then.
MEETING LOCATION: Pret A Manger, opposite platform 12, Waterloo Station
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ITINERARY:# 8.05am – We’re meeting outside the Pret A Manger coffee shop opposite platform 12 in Waterloo Station. Click here for Google Map.
# 8.10am – We’ll leave the meeting point. You must arrive well before this time.
# 10.45am – We’ll arrive at Martin Mill station and will begin our hike, first heading to St Margaret’s Bay, then along the white cliffs, and into Dover.
# 1.30pm – We’ll have lunch on top of the cliffs. Please bring a packed lunch with you.
# 2.45pm – We’ll arrive in Dover town centre, where there will be a break.
# 3.30pm – You can choose to explore the town, visit the museum, chill on the beach and watch the ships sailing to France, walk along the beautiful 500-metre Marina Pier, take some nice photos, go shopping at the outlet stores, and get some postcards and souvenirs.
# 5.40pm – We’re meeting outside Dover Priory station, Priory Station Approach Rd, Folkestone Rd, Dover, CT17 9SB. Click here for Google Map.
# 5.59pm – Train departs.
# 7.50pm – We’ll arrive back at Waterloo station in London.
RETURN TO LONDON:ARRIVAL TIME: 19:50
ARRIVAL LOCATION: Same as departure location. Note that we have group tickets and you need to return with us to the departure location.
TRIP UPDATES:No updates.
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NOTE:– Check the Transport For London website (https://tfl.gov.uk) for details of any issues on the public transport network on this date, and use the journey planner to find the best way to arrive at our morning meeting point on time.
– You are responsible for your personal safety and your belongings at all times.
– Details of our trip may be changed to ensure that our trip runs smoothly, so you should check this event description and the updates section regularly, before coming on the trip and also during the trip if you break away from the group.
– You should buy your own travel insurance.
– There are no refunds unless we cancel the trip, and places are non-transferable.
COVID-19 SAFETY:– As an organised group we can currently run day trips and hikes with up to 30 people.
– We are still required to follow Covid rules and restrictions laid down by the government, the NHS, the transport companies, and the places we visit. You are personally responsible so please stay aware of this.
– Please bring and wear a face mask where appropriate, maintain social distancing, and bring your own hand sanitiser gel and use this regularly throughout the day.
WHAT TO BRING:– CLOTHING: It's always good to be prepared so we'd recommend always wearing footwear that is comfortable and supportive and suitable for walking/hiking on all terrain. The weather can change so bring some extra warm layers, a waterproof jacket, a hat and sunglasses, and it can be helpful to carry it in a light bag or rucksack.
– FOOD & DRINK: Bring a large bottle of water, and for hikes you should bring a packed lunch as we may have lunch somewhere scenic and away from shops.