When you have a springer spaniel you need to have a long list of great dog walks, as not only do they have high energy levels, seriously have you tried to tire one out, but they absolutely love going to new places, new sniffing is a big deal, and one of mine and Falcon’s favourite walks has to be the White Cliffs of Dover in Kent.
This walk has a little of everything, a good all-weather path, well generally, breathtaking views, no matter the weather, ponies grazing, history, wildflowers, and the cutest dog-friendly vintage tearoom in a lighthouse. Does it get better than that?
There is something special about seeing the white chalk face of the cliffs as the path wanders round towards the lighthouse. On a sunny, clear day the sea can appear calm and you can even see France, and on a crisp winter’s day, there is sometimes a peaceful haze along the cliff tops – it’s the ever-changing views that makes this a great walk.
A Springer Spaniel Approved Dog Walk In Kent
For Falcon, this is a mainly on the lead walk, don’t want any accidents on those cliffs, it really is a long way down, and while we may appear to be right on the edge in our pictures – we certainly weren’t that close. There are spots where he goes off lead in the wintery months, but during summer, even first thing in the morning, this can be a busy walk, so do take that into account for your dog.
Also, do note that there are certain times of the year when all dogs must be on a short lead, generally between March and July, this is to protect ground-nesting birds and there are normally signs up to inform you.
But even with it being a lead walk, Falcon still enjoys it, there are lots of smells, he loves people and other dogs, he gets a lot of fuss, and if he sees the ponies even better.
For me, I love the scenery, the gentle pace of the walk, the spying on the port of Dover, it fascinates me seeing all the ferries coming and going, the butterflies in the summer, always so many fluttering around, and best of all the lighthouse, marking the mid-way turnaround point with a slice of cake. Seriously, all dog walks should include tea in pretty vintage teacups and homemade cake.
It is also a walk for all abilities, to the first viewpoint it is around 20 minutes, while to the lighthouse it takes about 50 minutes.
Remember, that non-National Trust members have to pay for the car park, it is £5, a small price for the upkeep of this amazing place.