UK coastal walks: White Cliffs of Dover

UK coastal walks: White Cliffs of Dover

Put aside the endless clichés and poetic words: the White Cliffs of Dover make for a special landscape indelibly tied to its history. “The White Cliffs are more than the sum of their parts,” says Gareth Wiltshire of the National Trust.

“There’s more here than you anticipate, but it’s almost as much about the concept as the place. People see it through their own eyes, they bring their own preconceptions here. The idea of the cliffs is as important as what they are, a national symbol.”

The cliff setting is also industrial. Far below, the straits of Dover resemble a child’s toy set: a Spaghetti Junction of the seas, with ships headed for France, the Netherlands and the Baltic. Announcements of ferry…

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