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Going Green in White Cliffs Country: A foodie glamping adventure in Kent

Reduce your carbon footprint as you experience the beauty, charm and delicious local produce of White Cliffs Country, exploring striking coastline and stunning countryside on foot and on two wheels.

Discover the delicacies of land and sea in White Cliffs Country - Deal, Dover and Sandwich, Kent

White Cliffs Country offers you great glamping sites, so which will you choose as your oasis of calm?

Perhaps it will be the tranquil haven of Dover’s Alkham Valley and the quirky shepherds’ huts at Greenhill Glamping? From here, travel to the quaint coastal town of Deal by bike (or bus!) admiring rural landscapes and picturesque villages along the way. Sign up for a unique coastal foraging adventure with The Wild Kitchen and discover the edible delights of White Cliffs Country’s coastline. 

On a Saturday, browse the stalls at Deal Town Market and enjoy a late, lazy breakfast - of local cheese, freshly baked breads or perhaps a Kentish Knocker - ! Jill Martin’s award-winning pasties celebrate the coalmining history of White Cliffs Country and take their eccentric name from a mysterious legend of the coal mines. Stroll down Deal High Street (previously The Telegraph’s “High Street of the Year”) with its independent boutiques, wonderful food suppliers and delicatessens tempting your taste buds.

Hire a bike at Mike’s Bikes (if you haven’t brought your own) and cycle along the promenade, then head from Deal to Kingsdown on National Cycle Route 1. Park the wheels and walk the clifftop path for its spectacular, panoramic views out over the English Channel. After reaching the idyllic village of St Margaret’s at Cliffe, visit the Pines Garden and tearoom at St Margaret’s Bay and enjoy organically grown produce from the gardens themselves – or maybe treat yourself to homemade cake and freshly-brewed coffee. Alternatively, have lunch at The Coastguard, Britain’s closest pub to France, nestled in the cove of St Margaret’s Bay. Don’t miss the Pines Garden Gallery, where you’ll see local artists’ creations on display. 

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Going Green in White Cliffs Country

Enjoy the seashore then dine on fresh, succulent seafood in Deal

Whether you want to cook up a feast or relax with a BBQ, this corner of Kent is a foodie’s delight

Once back in Kingsdown, you might like to stop for refreshment at the Zetland Arms – a charismatic pub that sits right on the beach itself – then go for a paddle or skim some stones. Now you’ve explored a taster of White Cliffs Country’s fabulous coastline, you might be thinking seafood for an evening meal – so perhaps choose from the latest catch at Jenkins and Son in Deal. This family-run fishmongers and poulterers sell locally sourced fresh fish and seasonal game. They also have an in-house chef who creates homecooked delicious ‘heat and eat’ meals and famous lobster baguettes, with seafood platters available to order for a special occasion or as a weekend treat. 

Why not enjoy a barbecue back at your glampsite? Or let the team at The Marquis of Granby look after you, as you enjoy their gastro fayre from land and sea, with plenty of veggie options. 

Going Green in White Cliffs Country
Going Green in White Cliffs Country Going Green in White Cliffs Country

Sip quality wine from White Cliffs Country’s vineyards and cool off with an ice cream, home-made on the farm.

Enjoy a leisurely morning stroll exploring the beautiful footpaths of the Alkham Valley. Then cycle to the village of Ripple near Deal and head to Solleys Farm, a family-run farm with four generations of farming experience and the home of Solley’s Ice Cream. Follow the cycle path or walking trail around the farm, then visit the ice cream parlour for a superb sweet treat. Create your own sundae with more than fifteen flavours of fresh, homemade-on-the-farm dairy ice cream – from rhubarb & ginger to raspberry Eton mess; chocolate brownie or coconut to lemon meringue pie and more. If it’s time to take the weight off your feet, jump on board a tractor ride around the farm and enjoy the views of arable farmland in the heart of White Cliffs Country’s pretty countryside.

If you fancy a spot of lunch at a traditional country pub, visit The Plough Inn, Ripple, and then work off some calories with a cycle ride to Barnsole Vineyard. These artisan winemakers produce quality red, white and sparkling wines. Take in a vineyard tour and winetasting before heading back to Alkham via Martin Mill and refreshment at The Lantern Inn. On your way you’ll pass the recently restored Kearsney Parks. Russell Gardens is Grade ll listed in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. There is a magnificent 170m long canal pond and Palladian-style pergola bridges and boathouse pavilion. There are also tennis courts and a children's play area. Kearsney Abbey, which once formed part of a country house estate, now offers peaceful informal parkland where you can pause for a break and enjoy a coffee, stroll around the gardens and watch the swans on the lake, before arriving back at your destination. 

Written by White Cliffs Country