The cliff edge is close by
The coast path passes quite close to the cliff edge in places. Please ensure that children are supervised and that dogs are kept on a lead. Some areas off the path can be slippery. In windy, wet or icy conditions, you may choose to use the tracks that are more inland, instead of the coast path.
Total steps: 8
Total steps: 8
Your start location is at www.what3words.com/constants.servicing.pads, Ordnance Survey map reference TR 3492 4324. On fine summer days the sun is very strong on the cliff tops - remember your sun cream, hats and water.
Stand with the car park hut behind you - the field exit gate is in the lowest corner of the field, slightly to your right. There is a map on the gate with many of the features at White Cliffs marked. You may wish to photograph the map for your walk.
Go through the pedestrian gate and follow the fence down the hill on the grass path to the gravel track. Cross the gravel track and continue up hill on the grass path to the surfaced track.
Across the surfaced road, ahead is the gravel track to Fan Bay Deep Shelter. If the gate is closed, please use the pedestrian gate alongside. The Deep Shelter is marked with a flagpole. Livestock may be grazing these fields, so please keep your dog on a short lead. Toilet and refreshment facilities are at the lighthouse - there are no facilities at Fan Bay Deep Shelter. If you wish to go directly to the lighthouse, turn left onto the surfaced track and the lighthouse is 10 minutes walk away. If you wish to visit both sites, we recommend heading to Fan Bay Deep Shelter first, as the last tour there is at 3pm, whereas the last tour at the lighthouse is at 5pm.
Fan Bay Deep Shelter was constructed early in the Second World War to accommodate the troops serving on the gun battery nearby. You can take a guided tour of the tunnels, which also includes the two First World War sound mirrors - one of the earliest means of aiding detection of incoming enemy aircraft. When you have finished at Fan Bay Deep Shelter, exit via the pedestrian gate at the lowest part of the site and join the surfaced path with the sea on your right hand side. Now stay on the path to head to the lighthouse.
You will approach the lighthouse up a slope from the cliffs. Continue to walk alongside the white wall and enter the lighthouse grounds via the small gate on your right. The lighthouse grounds, toilet, shop and the tea rooms are free to enter; guided tours of the lighthouse tower are free for National Trust members with a valid membership card.
When you have finished at the lighthouse, exit via the large gates near the shop and turn left onto the surfaced track to walk slightly uphill. Continue for approximately 0.5 miles (0.75 km) until you reach the gate and gravel track to Fan Bay Deep Shelter on your left. What3words location www.what3words.com/scramble.corn.headers.
At the junction with the Fan Bay track, turn right so that you have your back to the sea and head along the grass path. You will shortly start to head downhill towards the car park. At the bottom of the hill, cross the gravel track then walk slightly uphill to the pedestrian gate entrance to the car park.
Go through the pedestrian gate into the car park, which is the end of your walk. We hope you have enjoyed your time at The White Cliffs of Dover.
Your walk ends in the Additional Car Park at www.what3words.com/constants.servicing.pads, Ordnance Survey map reference TR 3492 4324.
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