30 June 2014 by Dean West
There are a great many things you could do over the August Bank Holiday weekend whilst in Kent. Visit many of our great castles, see Dover’s iconic White Cliffs, or take a look around the historic smuggling town of Deal.
Or, you could do all of that and a fair bit more by coming along to the White Cliffs Walking festival.
Based in Dover, Deal and the surrounding areas, the White Cliffs Walking Festival will take place from August 21st to August 27th.
Featuring a total of 32 walks with a bit of something to capture the fancy of you, your family and friends.
The festival began its life in 2013 as the Deal Walking Festival, organised by the White Cliffs Group. The festival was an unprecedented success, attracting 674 walkers over 24 walks. Moving into 2014, the festival expanded to incorporate the iconic white cliffs of Dover, Deal and the surrounding areas. The list of walks has also expanded to a total of 32 walks, each with its individual theme and style.
With the extended list of walks covering more of the beautiful scenery of the white cliffs and its surrounding areas, the White Cliffs Ramblers are hoping to meet the success of the Deal Walking Festival whilst bringing walking back to the forefront of public activity as a free, healthy and sociable activity.
By extending the variety of walks to cater for all tastes, there is something available for all ages and ability levels. There are walks for those wanting to explore the rich heritage and history of the area, or for those just wanting to soak up some of the picturesque landscape of the White Cliffs and the surrounding areas.
History buffs will enjoy the Deal: Sad Smuggling Town walk, presented by local Author and Historian, Gregory Hollyoake. The hardcore walkers will have the opportunity to take on the White Cliffs Challenge, a 32 mile trek which is not for the faint-hearted. Well suited for children and families is the Treasure Trail walk, based in and around Dover town centre.
Families must find all of the clues on the treasure map with prizes for the winning teams. Walks for those with mobility issues are available such as the Samphire Walk, a relaxed stroll taking in the wildlife and history of the local area.
The festival will reach a fantastic finale, starting at Deal seafront, the walk covers beautiful open fields past our many ancient churches and spectacular sea views and back along to the sea front which will be capped off with the option to take part in a barbeque at the Port Arms in Deal.
With the majority of walks featured on the festival being free, it is a cost-effective, fun and healthy way for those either holidaying or living in this picture perfect part of South England.
Whatever experience you wish to have, you can find it at the White Cliffs Walking festival. A full list of the walks on the festival can be found at www.whitecliffswalkingfestival.org.uk.