Being away from home, one of the things we miss is opportunities to go on hikes through the mountains. Obviously the London area isn't the most mountainous, but Jen did a bit of researched and found a multi-day architecture walk (ChalkUp21
) along the southern coast, from Folkestone to Deal (around a 30 km walk in 2 days).
We took a 1 hour train to Folkestone, stopped for breakfast, grabbed some snacks for the trip, then made our way to the trail. We hiked the North Downs Way Coastal Trail, stopping at a few places along the way: from big horns, to Napoleonic towers and WWII bunkers.
In Dover, we were greeted by the famous Banksy Brexit Street art. We walked around town, saw the castle from afar, and went for dinner. The city wasn't particularly interesting, but the castle looked really nice from outside so we made a note to come back and visit it and the WWII tunnels another day.
The next morning, we set off for Deal along the white cliffs of Dover. We admired the scenery of the cliffs while passing by the Lighthouse, St Margaret's Bay, the Dover Patrol Obelisk, and Walmer Castle along the way.
We ended our day like all great outings in the UK: with a meal and drink at the local pub!