White Cliffs of Dover Saint Margaret’s Bay at Cliffe

By Ian Middleton

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The White Cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover are the quintessential view of Great Britain. Visible on a clear day from France, it marks the closest point to continental Europe, and for many entering the UK it is the first thing they see.

The cliffs are a stunning cliff face that reaches up to 350 feet (110m) high and the glistening colour is down to its composition of chalk and streaks of black flint. Stretching along the coast for eight miles, they spread east and west from the town of Dover in Kent, and part of them are now owned by the National Trust.

St. Margaret's Bay at Cliffe

This is a three-part village situated just off the coast road between Deal and Dover in Kent, England. Saint Margaret’s Bay lies along and below the cliffs here and is a great location for photographing the White Cliffs of Dover.

Many people swim the English Channel starting from here.

There is a car park at the bay, but the best viewpoint for photography lies further along, so you need to walk along the beach and rocks. The best time to photograph it is in the morning as the sun rises, because of it’s east coast location. Of course in order to be in place at dawn and sunrise you will need to hike out there in the dark, so take a good head torch and good shoes. Be very careful as the rocks can be extremely slippery. I know this from personal experience, as I slipped when climbing over some rocks and fell flat on my chest with my heavy camera backpack on. Thankfully no broken ribs……

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