There are so many cities that we can visit near London, that it is nearly impossible to choose where to go first. As someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy hiking for pleasure very often, when Dover was brought up as an option, a light lit up in my mind and I knew I wanted to go there for a day. Dover is known for its white cliffs that are stunning, so that is exactly what we did.
I would say that personally, waking up early is the worst part about going on a trip; the rest is really gratifying. 10am rolls around and we are on our way to the train station! After a quick coffee break, we were ready to hop on the train to Dover. Time flew by on the way there as we were playing cards during the ride and before we realized it, we were in Dover. The English are known for their notorious dish: fish and chips, so that’s exactly what we got for lunch that day (with a gorgeous view of the beach of course)!
Initially, the hike up the cliffs was tough, as you have to continuously go uphill for a solid 30-60 minutes. The rest of the hike was much better though since we were already at the top, so it was mostly flat at that point. The view was breathtaking, and a little fun fact is that we were so close to France that we could actually see it in the distance! We found a nice spot to sit, and we stayed there for a while, eating some snacks, talking, and taking in the view. On the way down, we noticed some animals on the hills, so we made a stop to look at the sheep farm that was close by (very cute!).
We ended the day with some Spanish tapas at a local restaurant and got several really delicious tapas. The ride back was a bit quieter since most of us were tired after a long day of walking and exploring. When we got to London, we arrived at Victoria Train Station, and there was actually a guy playing the guitar in the street and singing. Some people started dancing to the beat, and it was a nice, fun way to wrap up a very successful trip to Dover. My favorite part? Everything, but especially the cliffs and obviously the sheep too! Highly recommend visiting Dover if you have the time!
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