Around Dover

On the internet trawl for a hotel in Dover we stumbled on the Best Western Dover Marina, attracted immediately by the location – right on the seafront with Dover Castle in the background – it sounded just the thing for us. The publicity blurb described it as a “recently refurbished seaside hotel with a fusion of…

Back A Thousand Years At Dover Castle

Dover Castle is not just about the tunnels and war history. Built in the 12th century the strategically placed fortress has kept an eye on the narrowest stretches of the English Channel for a very long time and has a wealth of fascinating history. We spent the morning in the tunnels immersed in war stories, the…

The Dunkirk Spirit At Dover Castle

We awoke to grey skies, rain and thunder on our first morning in Dover. No matter, we were going deep within the rocks of the famous white cliffs in the tunnels below Dover Castle – a bit of adverse weather would make no difference down there. Just minutes from the town – you can see the…

Walking The White Cliffs of Dover

Dover is no top tourist hot spot, more the kind of place people drive through en route to the ferry to go someplace else. We decided to buck the trend and stay a couple of nights to explore a little before our ferry crossing. Top of my list was the famous white cliffs – where we…

Bleak And Beautiful Dungeness

Dungeness, a National Nature Reserve and end of the train line for us was a real surprise – a desolate but stunningly beautiful place. Right by the sea but a far cry from the traditional English seaside resort, I loved it with its unusual and captivating shingle landscape. Apparently officially termed a desert (Britain’s only one) due…

Riding The Romney, Hythe And Dymchurch Railway

Leaving Richmond we headed for Hythe in Kent eagerly anticipating a railway day out. Loads of fun because this is a scenic train ride like no other – “Kent’s Mainline in Miniature” means travelling thirteen miles on small scale fifteen inch tracks. The cute train has been part of the landscape of Romney Marsh for 87 years,…