St Margaret's Bay

Book 2 Walk 30 Dover to Deal

Halfway on the Dover to Deal walk, this compact little cove is backed by steep cliffs, giving it a wonderful atmosphere. I am told you can swim here, but the beach seems to have quite a lot of rocks at low tide, so care is probably needed. You also need to watch the currents here, as they are most concentrated at this point as the incoming or outgoing water funnels through the narrowest point of the English Channel.

  • Food and drink: The Coastguard Pub at one end of the cove is a firm favourite: its fish in beer batter is particularly recommended. There is also a seasonal tea kiosk on the beach. The best refreshment stop hereabouts is the Blue Birds Tea Room, set in an old coastguard hut on the clifftop about half a kilometre to the north of the beach. St Margaret's-at-Cliffe inland also has plenty of pubs, and hourly buses (every two hours on Sundays) to Dover or Deal.

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