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Samphire Hoe (Dover)
Member Name: JezWalker84
Samphire Hoe (Dover)
Advantages: Nice views, relaxing day out, events to take part in
Disadvantages: Would be better is parking was free
I live in Dover which is about a 10 minute drive from Samphire Hoe and I have visited this attraction on many occasions, either to fish or to walk mine and my partner's dogs.
When the Channel Tunnel was built, 4.9 million cubic metres of chalk marl was taken away and this is what was used to create Samphire Hoe. It is owned by Euro Tunnel and is managed in partnership with the White Cliffs project.
Inside Samphire Hoe you can take part in several activities such as fishing or bird watching. There are many rare flowers here which you can walk around and look at. For those of you just wishing to have a nice relaxing walk, you can follow the marked pathways and even stop off for a picnic at one of the picnic areas.
Inside Samphire Hoe there are two car parks which means there is always ample parking available, even during the busier summer months. The cost is fairly reasonable too with half an hour parking costing 50p.
Gaining To Samphire Hoe
Entry to Samphire Hoe is from the A20 motorway on the west bound carriage way to London. There is a well signposted slip road and when you reach this you have to stop at a set of traffic lights.
These are in place purely as the single tunnel which accesses the Hoe is only suitable for 1 vehicle at a time.
Within the grounds of Samphire Hoe, there are two marked pathways which visitors can follow. The pathways are made from crushed stone and are quite compact so wheelchair users can easily make their way around this attraction. The paths take you around the various open areas as well as over bridges where you can view the man-made lakes. The whole walk takes about an hour to complete. Along the way you can walk along the main wall and meet the fisherman and see what they have caught that day which is always interesting and in my experience they have always been friendly and happy to stop for a chat.
From Samphire Hoe, you can get beautiful views of the famous White Cliffs of Dover and the Kent Downs which are both classed as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
At the far end of Samphire Hoe, there is a small beach and although it is a pebble beach, it is still a nice area to sit in and relax.
Near the car park there is a refreshment kiosk where you can get food and drink items such as sandwiches, rolls, ice creams and snacks such as crisps and chocolate. They also serve a selection of hot and cold drinks.
Around the back of the cafe are the toilet facilities, male, female and also a disabled with a baby changing area.
Volunteers are present at Samphire Hoe for visitors to ask any questions. There are free leaflets about the Hoe and the surrounding areas, an information board, and wooden panels with the latest wildlife sightings written on them which are always very interesting to view as it gives you some kind of idea of what you can see during your visit.
In summary, I would certainly recommend a visit to Samphire Hoe. The walks are very relaxing and you can see some beautiful sights of the White Cliffs. Visitors have the option of taking part in guided walks and learning a little bit about our surroundings or you can just do your own thing, at your own pace.
Summary: A great little attraction