I have a stock standard screensaver on my laptop, it’s called United Kingdom and it cycles through images of the UK in all its glory; Stonehenge, Tower Bridge, the Giant’s Causeway etc.
They’re all pretty inspiring images, but the one that always makes me pause and go ‘Wow!’ is the image of the White Cliffs of Dover. Sparkly white and rising majestically out of the churning sea, I knew I had to see them for myself while in England.
They didn’t disappoint! A wander along this coastline really is a top experience in England.
Here is a little guide with an olfactory twist for this month’s travel link up challenge. I’m using smell as my cue to take you with me.
The White Cliffs path is maintained by The National Trust and you will pay a small fee to use the carpark at the start of the walk.
Unfortunately your first smell with be industrial. Diesel fumes waft from the busy port of Dover. But don’t worry you will soon leave that behind.
Although don’t forget to look back as you hurry on. The views of Dover Castle from here are pretty special.
Signs of wildlife reach your nose as you walk through the headlands and we soon found the culprits. British native Exmoor ponies! So cute! They’re shy though, we didn’t see many on our journey.
Fresh coastal winds blowing the city funk away. It was so nice to be in the bracing fresh air.
I’d love to say we caught the scent of cheese and baguettes as we meandered so close to the lands of France, but although we could see it, the coastal wind wasn’t bringing us any olfactory treasures today.
Ben didn’t mind, he was head over heels to be out in the fresh air.
We passed perfumed gardens on our way around to St Margarets Bay. Spring buds are just coming through and they smelled so sweet.
We rounded a corner into the bay and were hit with the salty sea breeze. A storm was brewing and the sea churned at the cliffs. This is the launching beach for many a Channel swim, but it did not look inviting today.
We found a sheltered spot to crack open the Thermos for a piping hot brew. The earthy smell of English Breakfast will make you feel at home wherever you are. We snuck some Easter Chocolate into our back backs too which totally hit the spot on our little tea break.
I climbed the banks of the bay to explore the war time caves along the shore. It was a hands and knees scramble down though and the chalky smell lingered on my hands for the walk home.
The winds were so strong by then we were walking like drunkards fighting to stay upright. It’s ok though, we had each other for support.
Before we knew it, we were back at the National Trust restaurant for sweet smelling scones and decadent hot chocolate. Oops, gone before we even snapped a pic…
Have you hiked the White Cliffs? How was the weather? I hope you were treated to the famous British weather as we were 😉
What other walks should I attempt while living in England?