The Two Days at Dover
It’s been quite a few days but I just have to continue from the last post….
I woke up early to start my day trip at Dover. As my Airbnb host planned for me, I will be walking along the White Cliffs of Dover, pass by St. Margaret’s at Cliff, Kingsdown, Walmer, and finally come to Deal. I knew this trip will be exhausting, but I am willing to give it a try for the breathtaking view of the Cliff.
Luckily, the weather was perfect. The temperature was cool, around 26 degrees Celsius, with thin clouds blocking the sun. I applied an SPF 100 sunscreen (for beach lifeguards) on me and a SPF 50 sunscreen on my face. I walked for around an hour to get to the top of the cliff. The road to the top of the cliff had some incline and some stairs on some part of it, but overall, it wasn’t hard to get to the top because it really isn’t too high.
So I finally came to the top of the cliff at around 11:30 a.m., which was quite fast. I thought that if I were to live in Dover, I would walk up to the cliff every evening during summer.
After walking on the cliff, it’s all walking through the fields and the countryside. If you like to think about life (like I did) while walking for a day, this is a great way to escape the hustle bustle.
I passed by the South Foreland Lighthouse to come to Pines Garden Tea Room and Museum. The museum was not open, but the garden was.
As I was walking along the cliff, I saw tall grass from far being blown by the mild wind, and they were waving, waving like the ocean waves on the calm sea. It is something I had never seen living in the city!
I finally came to a little town called Kingsdown. Kingsdown doesn’t have any attractions; it only has a few pubs. I stopped by at one of the pubs for lunch. At around 2 p.m., I started walking again, heading toward Walmer to see its famous castle and the garden.
I recommend seeing the Walmer Castle, as it has got a lot to see both the inside and the outside. The garden is magnificent with its design.
I kept walking for another hour or so, finally coming to the beach town — Deal.
Deal is quite a vibrant village. Unlike other villages I passed by, the village is young in the people themselves. There were more young groups chatting and hanging out in the bars and on the commercial streets. The village’s architectures are well decorated and are very colorful.
I had an espresso in one of the cafés and I started feeling extra energetic. So I made a rash decision — to walk another 12.5 miles back to Dover. I left the city at 4:55 p.m. Thanks to the British Sun (which never sets), I had another 5 hours to walk back before the sun sets. I was really scared of being in the nature after the sun sets, so I rushed back quickly. On my way back, I got terrified even when the sun show a little bit sign of getting weak.
I finally got back at 10 p.m. when the sun was about to lose it’s last beam. I was extremely fatigue that I didn’t even want to talk.
On the second day, I climbed up to the Dover Castle with my sore legs. It was kind of an exercise because the way up was very steep. I would give a no to Dover Castle, it was one of the most boring castle out of so many I have visited in England. There weren’t much to see except that you can look back down to the city on the top of the castle.
Dover was a nice city to spend a day or two at; to see the magnificent view of the white cliffs, to stay with an airbnb British host family, and to see the old history of this city which served as an important port during the World War II.
After I was back to London, I felt myself so much lighter after the 25 miles walk. I got a lot tanner too, inevitably, and it seems like the tan won’t go away easily.