chalkup21 second trail research walk


On 15th June 2017 8 of us met at the START/FINISH Line – the North Downs Way End of Trail Marker – on the Tonkin Liu 3 Waves Esplanade on Dover’s seafront to walk the 10 miles to the Niall McLauglin cafe at the end of Deal Pier. This was the second research walk for the CHALKUP21 21st century architecture trail and will inform the development of the work everyone is doing for the project:

Charles Holland is developing the CHALKUP21 Trail Markers and writing the architectural texts for the website.

Marcia Teusink will be running a drawing workshop at each of the 9 CHALKUP21 attractions in 2018

Alice Bryant is the CHALKUP21 PR person.

Frazer Doyle is developing a CHALKUP21 Souvenir.

Greig Burgoyne is develping a ‘walking’ project for CHALKUP21

Louisa Love will lead 2 artist led walks along the CHALKUP21 Trail on 22nd July and 5th August 2017 as part of the Up on the Downs Summer Festival.

Joanne O’Connor is a freelance journalist interested in writing an article on CHALKUP21 for the Guardian Travel section.

Joanna Jones project management together with Clare Smith

The trail took in the point where the new Gateway to the White Cliffs Sculpture will be installed at the end of Athol Terrace this summer, The National Trust visitors’ centre, The Pines Calyx at St Margarets Bay and the Niall McLauglin designed Pier cafe in Deal.

In a shared act of walking and discovery we left the Eastern Docks, climbing to the National Trust visitors’ centre almost camouflaged into the landscape when approached as we did from a path beneath the building, nearer the cliff edge. The cliff walk to the South Foreland lighthouse is breathtakingly beautiful; it feels like you are walking on top of the world, before it drops down to St Margaret’s Bay where you start to see the individual villas that accompany the trail from that point all the way to Deal, except for the vistas of farmland on the cliffs between St Margaret’s and Kingsdown. The last 2 miles is flat with a walking and bicycling track beside the beach untill Deal Castle.

It was a wonderful experience; the conversations which walking with a shared intent can stimulate were enhanced by the intergenerational group of individuals at different stages of their career and practice.