White cliffs of Dover walking holiday in Kent, England

“Great walking in Kentís beautiful countryside and along its iconic coastline, tasting delicious local food and staying in characterful inns along the way.”


Canterbury | Elham Valley Way to Elham village | Folkestone | superb coastal walking | White Cliffs | Saxon Shore Way to Dover | Deal | optional: extend the holiday by one, two or three nights to see Sandwich and Richborough Castle | inn accommodation

Description of White cliffs of Dover walking holiday in Kent, England

Enjoy spectacular clifftop walking on this White Cliffs of Dover walking holiday in Kent, England. Youíll follow the Saxon Shore Way and the White Cliffs Country Trail, with iconic views of this striking stretch of coastline, complemented by pretty villages and ancient castles.

From the historic walled city of Canterbury, this six day journey follows the meandering course of the Nailbourne through the idyllic Elham Valley. It passes the lost in time village of Bishopsbourne and its church with early medieval murals, adjacent to Oswaldís House where Joseph Conrad lived. Visit the Elham Valley vineyard and taste the local wine and continue along the chalk escarpment to Folkestone where the walks join the White Cliffs.

Along the trail you pass Dover castle; the Western Heights Napoleonic fortifications; Caesarís Camp, an impressive iron-age hill fort and then on to Deal and Walmers Tudor castles. Your journey passes the remains of a Knights Templar church as you take in some of the best cliff top views over the English Channel that southern England has to offer.

Stay in beautiful inns along the way and sample some of the best local food that Kent has to offer. The journey takes you to St Margaretís Bay with its links with smuggling and then ascends back on to Langdon cliffs, with time to explore the South Foreland Lighthouse and visit the White Cliffs Visitor Centre.

On the last two days of this walking holiday, follow the shoreline until you arrive at Deal, with its ancient coastal fortress here, constructed during Henry VIII reign. You can extend your holiday by two nights, if you like, and walk on to the medieval Cinque Port of Sandwich and Richborough Castle, the Roman gateway to Britain, before returning to Canterbury.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: White cliffs of Dover walking holiday in Kent, England


We organise walking holidays in the Kent Downs using local products, local people and local accommodation providers. This means that we can offer lunches for our walkers including locally baked bread, locally made pickles and chutneys and a variety of Kent produced cheeses. We know the source of the food we offer our walkers and they know that they will experience the true taste of Kent's local produce on each of our walks.

Our accommodation providers are small independent inns, hotels or guest houses. In 2006 we applied for assessment under the Green Tourism Business Scheme and have been accredited as a Silver Award holder since. We are one of a few tour operators in the south east of England to gain this award which has played an important part in how we, as a locally based rural business operate sustainably within the local environment. . We have always promoted even on our earliest brochures 'discover Kent, its people and their history'. It is the everyday relationship between the local suppliers and producers that is at the heart of an area's local history.

The majority of our customers arrive in the County by public transport and then spend their holiday on foot. To this end we provide a briefing paper on how to access the County by public transport available on our web site, we also offer information about the history of sites of local interest along the trail a resource which is available to anybody regardless of whether they choose to take a holiday or not.


We aim to work closely with members of the local community in the Kent Downs AONB, the National Trails' Organisation and the Chilham Local Business and Retail Group. This group encourages tourism within the Chilham area based upon the collaborative network of local businesses within the village ensuring a exceptional experience for the visitor.

In 2011 we published a book, about the local history of the Pilgrims' Way - The Fact and Fiction of an Ancient Trackway. From the Neolithic through to the Victorian pilgrimages, this book has brought together the historical and archaeological evidence connected to the Pilgrims Way an important local tourist attraction running through the Kent Downs. Through this publication we have supported the Canterbury Arts Festival and the Explore Kent Walking Festival offering walks within the local community. We have supported a volunteer to train as a walks leader for the Walking for Health initiative and participate in the Kent Greeters workshop. Through working with the University of Kent presenting a talk to students on the Contemporary Issues in Tourism Module we have been able to highlight the way in which we operate as a small family run local business in conjunction with other businesses that are part of the local economy.

Our dedication extends to meeting and greeting our walkers each day and through years of experience we know what they are looking for. We shall show them those less commercialised local attractions and in particular the local history that accompanies them. Finally we have produced our own audio guides to offer a commentary on aspects of the local history associated with the area that are not always so accessible in mainstream guidebooks.


The landscape is the tool we use to give our visitors an experience to treasure as it did when trodden by pilgrims of the past. We combine walking with stories of the landscape, told through Kentís local food, architecture, the flora and fauna and history. There is so much which can be missed when travelling by road; the nature reserves, the ancient woodlands, the steep sided lanes the ancient tracks which tell many a story and the butterflies and chalk grassland flowers.

Upon leaving Canterbury you will follow close to the route of an old railway once regarded as one of the most attractive English branch lines. Close by is the Nailbourne an underground stream which rises when the aquifers have overflowed, they are often known as woe waters and meander their way through the normally dry valleys of the Kent Downs. Elham offers the visitor many an attraction; however the visitor will be wending their way through the valley bottom, following the well-trodden path on to the Saxon Shore Way. This walk with spectacular views along the top of the iconic White Cliffs of Dover is breathtaking with the orchids and harebells enhancing the dramatic setting of the Kent Downs.

As modern pilgrims we observe the countryside code so that our followers are able to enjoy this amazing countryside as much as we do. St Margaretís at Cliff will reveal a landscape used to protect our country during the WWII. Today it is a centre of interest in sustainable architecture with the Pines Calyx, a chalk rammed building, innovative in its concept and completely carbon zero. Discover the garden and museum when you are passing and take the chance to visit the house once owned by Noel Coward and In Flemming the author of the James Bond novels. All of these little nuggets of history we impart to our walkers as they discover the heritage of the Kent Downs

1 Reviews of White cliffs of Dover walking holiday in Kent, England

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Walking the Pilgrims Way had all the positives of walking in beautiful and
historic scenery without any of the hassles, especially, since it was a guided
walk the hassle of getting lost. What made it memorable was that throughout
the journey there was so much information and insight. But also the
unanswered questions thrown up about the path, the ones that stick in your
mind and make the experience unforgettable.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure you have good walking boots and waterproofs.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes I'm sure it does.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I would definitely recommend this and will be looking for similar in other parts
of the country.

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