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Magnificent coastal site overlooking the English Channel

These high chalk cliffs look out onto the English Channel, giving far-reaching views towards the French coast.

The best way to see the cliffs is to take a walk along the coastal path towards South Foreland Lighthouse. You’ll get a great view of the cliffs and also see the chalk grassland that’s home to so many unusual plants and insects like the chalkhill blue butterfly and the pyramidal orchid.

The cliffs also have a special place in our national history and they were used for defence in both World Wars. You’ll see reminders of this past all along the cliffs from the slit trenches dug by soldiers to the concrete remains of the range finding station.

New access path

We've just started work on our new access path that will allow less able visitors to enjoy a great view of the cliffs for the first time. The work is part of the Up on the Downs Landscape partnership, project which is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

White Cliffs plant fair

Thousands of plants for your garden

Thousands of plants for your garden

This year's plant fair is on the 10 and 11 May, 10-4pm, we'll have thousands of plants for your garden and lots of helpful advice and inspiration too.

Orchid walk

Saturday 24 May, 2-4pm. Join our expert on a relaxed ramble whilst admiring the beautiful and sometimes rare orchids that thrive here.

Going underground

We are starting an exciting new project to restore and open a forgotten wartime underground shelter that we saved in 2012.

Closer to nature

Get outdoors and closer to nature and enjoy a walk on the cliffs. We've made a handy nature guide to help you discover the wonders that nature has to offer.

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