Walks And Walking – Samphire Hoe Walk In Kent
This is a very laid back 2 mile circular walking route at Shakespeare Cliff, Samphire Hoe, which is absolutely perfect for children and very popular with families and dog walkers.
Samphire Hoe is situated equidistantly between Folkestone and Dover in Kent and is set below the famous White Cliffs of Dover allowing you dramatic views above and a good sight of France across the channel.
The walking routes are all very simple to follow but on this particular walk we headed towards the blue lighthouse and then back along the sea wall all the way to the beach.
We then took the pathway that ran diagonally through the middle of Samphire Hoe Nature Reserve back to the car park and visitors centre.
Samphire Hoe dates back to 1843 when it was used to create a platform from which to build the Dover to Folkestone railway line.
Over 50 years later saw the creation of Dover Colliery which was blighted with problems until its closure in 1921. It reopened briefly in the 1970s but soon closed.
More recently Samphire Hoe received its 10th consecutive Green Flag Award.
The visitor centre has plenty more to offer in terms of the area’s history and there’s a cafe with toilets. It’s a great place to visit whether you’re just there for an hour or a full day.