Clifftops between Dover and Deal

Walking Guide: Dover Castle to Deal Castle

This 10 mile linear walk offers panoramic views of the English Channel. Three of England's mightiest coastal forts stand on the route, from the medieval "Key to England" at Dover to Henry VIII's defences of Walmer and Deal. It's a wonderful day's hike for experienced walkers. Just keep the sea on your right, and you can't go wrong.

Take care on the clifftops and stick to the marked coastal footpath. Some sections of the White Cliffs include very steep drops.

DISTANCE10 miles (16 km) linear walk. 3-4 hours walking time. Take a full day to allow for visits to the castles, enjoying the views and a lunch stop.
TERRAINMostly downhill, but with climbs out of Dover and St Margaret's Bay. Uneven terrain so make sure to wear appropriate footwear.
TRANSPORT Parking available at Dover Castle if visiting, and public parking in Dover and Deal. A railway line connects the two towns.
FOOD & DRINKVarious pubs and cafes in St Margaret's Bay. Small seasonal cafes along the route. Toilets available at the three castles during opening hours.
ACCESS & DOGSUnsuitable for wheelchairs unless specialised for off-road terrain. Great for dogs but take care on cliffs and follow any signposted rules.
MAP REFERENCEOS Explorer 138/150

Views from this walk

The Blériot Memorial at Dover

The Blériot Memorial at Dover
Walkers on the white cliffs of Dover

Walkers on the white cliffs of Dover
The viewpoint at St Margarets Bay

The viewpoint at St Margarets Bay
Saxon Shore Way signposts near Walmer

Saxon Shore Way signposts near Walmer
Railings descending into the pebbles at Kingsdown

Railings descending into the pebbles at Kingsdown
Early evening view from the finishing point of Deal Castle

Early evening view from the finishing point of Deal Castle

 The Route

StartDover Castle

Our walk begins at the mighty 'Key to England', the medieval fort of Dover Castle. There is lots to see and do at Dover, so consider visiting early in the day to allow plenty of time.

Visit Dover Castle

0.7 milesTHE BLÉRIOT MEMORIAL

Leaving Dover Castle by the north-west (Constable's Road) exit, follow Castle Hill Road up to the right. Turn right at the brown sign for the Blériot Memorial. Follow the path through the woods, and fork left to reach the memorial. This granite outline of an aircraft in the grass marks the landing point of Louis Blériot when he made the first flight across the English Channel in 1909.

Points of Interest

 Place(s) To Visit

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