FORGOTTEN DOVER

“Dover is a small town with two well-known and excellent historic tourist destinations, the Castle and the White Cliffs. But there are dozens of fascinating places within easy walking distance of the town centre that even many native ‘Dovorians’ don’t know about – the derelict and overgrown Napoleonic fort, mysterious chalk caves, abandoned cliff-top allotments, the Regency folly, the ruined medieval chapels, picturesque churchyards, the crumbling WW2 pillboxes and observation bunkers… This will be a moderately vigorous two-to-three hour walk exploring some forgotten parts of Dover and  ending with tea and cake at my house in the centre of town.” (Simon Bill)

“Starting at St Martin’s Battery in Dover, scaling citadel walls into the deep darkness of concealed chalk caves, clambering grassy banks to WW2 pillboxes, down into the overgrown fortifications of the Western Heights and on to clifftop allotments and the Cowgate churchyard, Simon Bill’s ‘Forgotten Dover’ walk on Saturday, 21st of August 2021 treated its participants to a fascinating exploration of some of Dover’s most hidden wonders. Conversation over tea & cake in a new urban-room-in-progress in the town centre made for a perfect finish.” (Louisa Love)

Photographs of the walk taken by Alf Lohr, Louisa Love and Joanna Jones.

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