insideKENT Magazine Issue 63 - June 2017 - Page 46

DAYSOUT SOUTH FORELAND LIGHTHOUSE WALK cont. After stopping for a while, continue onwards and you will shortly arrive at a long flight of steps. Stop to admire the surroundings of the South Foreland valley, the late spring and early summer is one of the best times to visit this area, and seeing the fresh lush grass and trees bursting into full leaf. You’ll also pass Fan Point, an attractive area of farmland with some pretty views of Fan Bay below – another excuse for some more photos! There are also plenty of vantage points where you can get some great views of the channel and on a clear day France in the distance! You’ll soon arrive at the entrance to Langdon Hole moving on past the entrance, you’ll arrive at a stile and some of the most stunning views of the White Cliffs you will find on your walk. You can see why Vera Lynn was so inspired and why they are such an iconic landmark in times of both war and peace. Nearing the end of the farmland you’ll come to a gap where you will pass the impressive South Foreland Lighthouse – it is clear to see how this was the much loved family home of five generations of the same lighthouse keeping family. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1988 and has been providing wonderful family days out since then! From here you’ll follow the gorgeous winding clifftop path which will take you to South Foreland Lighthouse which is also owned by the National Trust and open to visitors on selected days. Here you will find a network of paths along the top of the White Cliffs, it doesn’t matter which path you take, they all lead to the same place. When you’ve finished admiring the building, check out the visitor centre. If you’re looking for clifftop views in one of the most famous locations in Britain, you’ve just found it. This walk is dramatic, invigorating and fun in equal measure, making a great day out with the family! LOCATION: ST MARGARET AT CLIFFE, CT16 1HJ DISTANCE: 4 MILES (6.44 KM) LINEAR TIME: ALLOW 3 HOURS OS EXPLORER MAPS: 138 TERRAIN: CLIFF TOP PATHS AND TRACKS. UNDULATING WITH SOME SHORT, STEEP SLOPES PUBLIC TRANSPORT: FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT DIRECTIONS FROM YOUR HOME ADDRESS TO THE SOUTH FORELAND LIGHTHOUSE VISITOR CENTRE PLEASE VISIT WWW.KENTCONNECTED.ORG. PARKING: PARK AT THE VISITOR CENTRE CAR PARK REFRESHMENTS & FACILITIES: MRS KNOT’S 1950’S INSPIRED VINTAGE TEA ROOM EXPLORE MORE To find out about other walks and events in Kent including the Battle of Medway celebrations and our summer holiday guide, please visit the Explore Kent website www.explorekent.org. Follow @explorekent on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and share your adventures with us! 46