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High Street St Margarets at Cliffe Dover Kent CT15 6AT
Tia walked this route, a mix of footpaths and bridleway with sections of road at the start and end. She was off her lead for most of the time.
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We parked in the town's car park at grid reference TR 35888 44714 (public toilets available). Leave the car park via its entrance from High Street and TURN LEFT, keeping to the left on a very narrow pavement at first, passing the hotel on the opposite side. Pass Knoll Court on the right hand side then TURN RIGHT into Kingsdown Road.
Keep ahead, past Chapel Lane and again passed footpath signs on left and right (scoop bin here if you need it) and past Freedown a no through road. Keep ahead as the road becomes a bridleway (still metalled), with views on your left hand side. TURN LEFT opposite the entrance to Little Banks. Follow the bridleway downhill at first until you reach a T-junction. TURN RIGHT and follow the track as it soon bends left past a sign 'Downs Road'. Pass farm buildings on your left and follow the track uphill. At tracks cross roads TURN RIGHT (a sign on the junction shows you are at Free Down Wood TR 3600 4700). Keep ahead past two concrete blocks, then another two as you leave the wood.
TURN LEFT into a field and follow a path as it soon bends right to cross between two fields. When you reach a metalled lane ahead and left (a bungalow is also on your left) TURN RIGHT onto a track along the edge of a field (field now on your right). At the top of the hill bend left (note blue and black arrow markers) keeping to the edge of the field (still on your right hand side with views of the golf course across the valley on that side). Follow the path until you see a bungalow and metalled lane ahead. BEFORE YOU REACH THE BUNGALOW TURN HARD RIGHT ACROSS THE FIELD i.e. about 135 degrees right.
You are now heading towards the golf course; keep ahead as you reach a hedgerow part way across (note blue and black arrow marker and pass the hedge on your left hand side). Go ahead through a ribbon of trees to reach a field. TURN LEFT DOWNHILL and follow the edge of the field to a metalled lane (Note the bridleway goes diagonally across the field but you'll have a much less muddy walk, and the farmer may be happier, if you use the field edge). TURN RIGHT on the metalled lane and follow it uphill passing a metal barrier part way up. At the top of the hill TURN HARD LEFT onto a footpath as indicated by a yellow arrow maker on a fence post.
Follow the path a short way between hedges to reach a stile. Go over the stile it has a good step and Tia easily managed a good sized gap between its rails into National Trust 'Bockhill Farm' land (if your dog can't manage this stile return to the metalled lane and continue in the same direction as before you left it. You will soon be on the route used at the start and will return to High Street). TURN RIGHT away from the National Trust sign and follow a clear path uphill. As you reach the brow of the hill the sea comes into view. So too does the coastguard café and Dover Patrol Memorial 'needle' (ahead right). Follow the path as it bends right past a footpath sign on your right. Don't follow the path / track as it bends further right towards the buildings of Bockhill Farm but TURN LEFT along a hedgerow and climb the hill towards the sea. Bear RIGHT toward the café and needle to enter their car park by a gate. Follow the metalled lane away from the car park this will be the end of 'off lead walking' for most dogs.
At a road junction, FORK RIGHT (staying at roughly the same height on Granville Road rather than forking left down Hotel Road towards the sea). At a T-junction TURN RIGHT (having done so use the pavement on the left). Follow the road downhill at first then just after The Hope Inn on your right hand side TURN LEFT back into the car park.