If you are travelling to France with your furry friend, you will be pleased to know that there are some great places for dog walks in Dover, so that they can stretch their legs and let off some steam before your journey across the Channel.
Whether you have time for a quick run around or a more leisurely stroll, one of these options is sure to be perfect for you and your pet.
Located between Folkestone and Dover, anyone travelling to the port from the M20 will pass by the beautiful Samphire Hoe, a 30 hectare site bursting with wildlife, stunning views, and great dog walking opportunities.
Based at the foot of Shakespeare Cliff, Samphire Hoe is the perfect place to head if you want to admire the famous White Cliffs of Dover, and you are also sure to appreciate the wildlife, birds, and butterflies that thrive here too. The site gets wilder the further you walk from the car park, and although your dog will need to be kept on its lead, it is guaranteed to love the trails available here.
If you visit Samphire Hoe at the weekend, or most days between Easter and September, you can treat yourself to refreshments from the tea kiosk there, or even take your own picnic if you have got a bit of time to relax before your crossing.
The seafront is one of the best places for dog walks in Dover, especially if you want to be close to the port. Wander along the flat promenade taking in the stunning sea views, and see our ferries crossing the Channel while thinking about your own trip.
Shingle slopes lead down to the sea, and you’re able to take your dog onto the beach before 9am and after 8pm between 31st May and 1st September, and at any time during the months either side of these. Although you may want to keep them out of the sea if you want to keep your car dry for the journey!
During your walk, keep an eye out for the three steel figures of prominent local individuals, Olympic torchbearer Jamie Clark, singer Dame Vera Lynn DBE, and James Bond author Ian Fleming, which stand about halfway along the promenade.
The White Cliffs
For amazing views, there is no better place for dog walks in Dover than along the White Cliffs themselves. There are a number of different walking paths that you can follow where your dog can run free, although it is recommended that you keep them on a lead around the car parks and if you pass grazing ponies.
With 28 miles of footpaths, you could spend all day walking along the White Cliffs if you wanted to, but there are plenty of shorter options you can go for when you have a ferry to catch! No matter how long you decide to wander for, you are sure to see plenty of plants, butterflies and birds, including pretty wildflowers and peregrine falcons!
Don’t forget your camera as you will find lots of great lookout points as you walk, and if it is a clear day you might even be lucky enough to spot France in the distance!
At the port
Should you be in a bit of a rush and not have time to visit one of these places for dog walks in Dover, you can let your pooch stretch its legs in one of the two dedicated pet areas that are available at the port.
As well as space to run around and get some fresh air, the areas also boast a selection of obstacles so that any dog that dreams of competing in Crufts can put in some practice while you sit and relax in the convenient seating area.
Ready to head off on an adventure with your furry friend? Take a look at our advice for travelling with pets and we look forward to inviting you both on board soon!