As some of the Vanguard Way regulars were unavailable on Tuesday after Easter, it was decided to take a seaside break and walk the cliffs from Dover towards Deal. After walking through the town we ascended the cliffs above the harbour where cross channel ferries seemed to be arriving at frequent intervals. It was a lovely sunny day with clear views including a glimpse of France. The lunch stop was at South Foreland lighthouse which has a very nice tearoom. This had been highly recommended to us by some National Trust volunteers who were guiding visitors into a deep tunnel, recently reopened, which had been a shelter for soldiers operating the gun battery nearby in World War II.
We continued along the cliffs and down to St Margaret’s Bay, then back up steps onto the clifftop before descending again to beach level and refreshments at the Zetland Arms. From here we continued at sea level on a path between the beach and houses as far as Walmer Castle where we decided to finish our walk. It took a little time to find where to catch a bus but eventually we did so and returned to Dover for the train back.