Roam along the deserted coastline, get off the beaten track and let your imagination loose amongst the rolling green hills of the North Downs – a paradise for walkers. The Hotel has been awarded a Walker’s Welcome status and we have a boot/drying room, copies of walking maps, the countryside code and more information on request or follow the links below…
The area surrounding The White Cliffs Hotel is criss-crossed by mile upon mile of bridleways, green lanes and tracks perfect for a hack through the country. Our friends at The Owl House Stables can arrange anything from an hour’s riding lesson to secure overnight accommodation for a number of horses for a week or more. Give The Owl House Stables a call on 01304 852035 or visit their website “Owl House Stables” for more details.
Sea Swimming or Cross-Channel Swimming
In summer, simply laze on the beach in the secluded cove whilst the kids play in the waves. Take a swim across the bay and like many before you dream of swimming across to the coast of France one day; a feat only acheived by the hardiest souls, many of which departed from the pebbled cove at St. Margaret’s Bay.
Windsurfing, Sea Kayaking, Dinghy Sailing, Surfing & Boogie Boarding
Load up your kit and get out amongst it at St. Margaret’s Bay. In close, the wave-cut platform off Ness Point at St. Margaret’s Bay kicks up a very respectable surf in the right conditions (look out for a big swell and a North-Westerly). It’s been a secret spot for local surfers, kayakers and canoeists for some time, ask Gavin (your host and keen watersports enthusiast) for priceless local knowledge.
For those who like ‘big air’ St. Margaret’s Bay offers a challenging spot from which to launch. With a big South-Westerly, this beach is hard to beat along the whole of the South Coast. Windsurfers regard this beach as a challenging spot, but with the back drop of the White Cliffs it makes for an unforgettable venue.
Follow the tracks along the rolling cliffs for breath-taking views across the Channel. Take the path along the cliff edge (not too close!) for a tougher run with hill climbs and steep descents or follow the path to the lighthouse for a gentler jog. If hill training is your thing, follow the footsteps of mountaineers (Ask Gavin about his training for Kilimanjaro) and hit Bay Hill and 80 metre vertical climb from the beach either up the road or the 212 Bay steps.
Mountain Biking & Cycling
The White Cliffs Hotel is less than 50 metres from National Cycle Route Number 1 which runs along the coast between Dover and Deal. Use The White Cliffs Hotel as a base from which to explore the surrounding coast and countryside on your bike. There are a number of local trails ideal for mountain biking which take in clifftop scenery and wooded valleys away from the noise and pollution of traffic, perfect for everyone from beginners and children to expert speedhounds.
Not for the feint hearted this one. Climbers have been spotted scaling the face of the cliffs with ice axes and pitons. Now, we don’t recommend doing this but if you have a screw loose this could be for you.
Even more ‘screwloose’ are the individuals who have been caught on video throwing themselves off the cliffs with a parachute attached and ‘coming in hot’ onto the rocks below. We cannot condone this behaviour, but it is mighty impressive all the same!
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Clay pigeon shooting is a thrilling experience, demanding calm concentration, a keen eye and quick reactions. Perfect your aim and time your shots and soon you will be notching up your ‘kills’. Of course these are not real birds and no one gets hurt, making it a great sport for all – young and old, men and women alike.
Kelly Country Sports operates in the impressive grounds of West Cliffe Manor around 5 minutes drive from THE WHITE CLIFFS HOTEL.Peter, your charming instructor will pick you up from The White Cliffs Hotel and chauffeur you to the shooting grounds. From individual coaching sessions to corporate days to a shooting weekend with accommodation and dinner we have the packages to suit your experience and pocket.
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