Bill's Great UK and Ireland Adventure travel blog

Better view of Shakespeare Cliff

Dover Castle from White Cliffs

Rugged coastline of White Cliffs

Steep cliffside of White Cliffs

White Cliffs looking back toward Dover

Seven Sisters Chalk Cliffs

This update will be about some stuff I forgot to mention in yesterday's Dover update and to show you pictures of the White Cliffs.

So, one of the things I forgot to tell you about Dover Castle is that I truly believe it is well worth visiting, but be prepared to get a lot of exercise in the process. There are lots of hills and steps to traverse. Of course, you could avail yourself of the one picture I included and called the Wimpmobile of Dover Castle (see 18 September picture). You can not only visit the castle proper, but you can see the underground tunnels where they planned WW II Operation Dynamo. Mind you it is largely audio-visual, but I found it informative even if the guide did not know the answer to my question on how many Allied troops were surrounded at Dunkirk. There are also some Medieval tunnels you can explore. If you do most of the possible excursions within the castle, plan on 2-3 hours or more if you walk slow.

Another thing I forgot to mention pertains to Shakespeare Cliff. Apparently this rock promontory was featured in his play King Lear. There is a little factoid for you.

As your IT (Intrepid Traveler), I wanted to see if I could get some better pictures of the world famous White Cliffs for you. The thing about the cliffs, pretty much similar to Beachy Head near Eastbourne, is the best place to see them is from the water. Now, as good a person as I am, and I hope this next revelation does not shatter any exalted opinions you may have of me, I do not walk on water! Sorry, but that is the bald truth. Nonetheless, I did visit the White Cliffs park this morning, and went trekking along the cliff tops in search of some nice photos for your enjoyment. I even rappelled down one cliff face....okay NOT, but I did walk down a trail until I chickened out about proceeding further. It was getting too precarious for me.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy some of the White Cliff photos. Oh, I threw into this update one picture of the Seven Sister Chalk Cliffs to compare to the White Cliffs of Dover. I read that the Seven Sisters cliffs were more pristine as far as color, and I would have to agree, but I liked both sets. Another cool thing I like about the British is that they do not try to keep stupid people from doing stupid stuff, including walking too close to cliff tops by having all sorts of barricades or wires. Good for them. Don't know if the Darwinian process is working or not.

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