Tuesday, 17 August 2010

From the White Cliffs

The White Cliffs seen from the lookout at Dover Castle, but this isn't about the White Cliffs themselves, just the view from them.

If you were to follow the cliffs around, you would end up in St Margaret's Bay. There is a hair-raising road down to the bay, or a hair-raising pathway. Take your pick.

The main ferry terminal for cross-channel routes. It didn't look terribly busy that day, but of course it was mid-week and the summer season will soon be drawing to a close.  On occasions, mainly if something is going wrong, you can get queues of cars and lorries just waiting to get into the docks area, either all the way down that sloping road, or right through Dover itself.  Best not to venture out on those days.

Although it looked busy enough, some of the ferry operators are struggling. From Dover you can cross to Dunkirk (Dunkerque), Boulogne or Calais.

Looking over Dover and the western docks from the top of the castle keep. There is now a terminal for cruise ships, as well as marinas. Much of Dover had to be rebuilt after WWII.

Another view from the castle keep, this time showing the Western Heights, considered to be some of the most impressive fortifications in Great Britain.  It is asking for a visit of its own. Any day now.
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  1. Oh I want to be beside the seaside!

  2. Hi A. --

    Nice photo-essay! Why are some of the ferry operators struggling? Is it because of the recession or competition from the Channel Tunnel? (The couple of times I took ferries from and to Dover (to and from Ostend)), the crossings were pretty rough... so I'd have to say that I definitely see the attraction of the Channel Tunnel!)

  3. @Adullamite, there's plenty of room for all. :)

    @YTSL, I think the struggle is mainly the recession. The tunnel has been going quite a long time now and nothing has changed there. I much, much, prefer the tunnel. I've always been a bad sailor and any time it just looks rough, I go into a decline. :)

  4. Beautiful pictures. The White Cliffs of Dover are incomparable. :)

    Have you changed your site theme again?

  5. What stunning views and beautiful scenery. It has an inspirational feel about it that is just so special.

  6. @Max, thank you. But my theme has been the same for a while. I still haven't got around to changing the header. I used to change it with the seasons but it's been stuck in winter for several years now.

    @Shutterbug, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

  7. Don't be changing your header.

  8. No? I need to do something with it.


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