Samphire Hoe

The Nature Reserve At Lower Shakespeare Cliff, Made From Spoil

Samphire Hoe was created from the material left over when the channel tunnel was excavated. It was deposited at Lower Shakespeare Cliff then landscaped to make the impressive place it is today. In 1994 a competition was launched to find a new name for the site, out of the hundreds of entries the judges chose Samphire Hoe.

This is our Samphire Hoe feature, it's one of the many attractions in the Dover area. We welcome your comments if you've visited this attraction or have some thoughts about local places of interest in general. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page. For more suggestions of places to visit in and around the area check out our Discover Kent page.

The area has something to offer everyone; anglers, sightseers, cyclists and bird watchers, if you just want to walk there are paths to follow and the further you get away from the car park the more interesting and wild the place becomes with rare plants such as Early Spider Orchid and Rock Samphire. Skylarks and Meadow Pipits are nesting and feeding in the grasslands and Mallards are to be seen in the wetlands. There is also over a mile of sea wall for the sea angler, day and season tickets are available.

Samphire Hoe is owned and managed in partnership with White Cliffs Countryside Project and is easily accessible by car and there is a bus service that stops nearby. Access by car is via a tunnel through the cliffs. You can reach the tunnel from the A20 driving in the direction of Dover to Folkestone following the signs for Samphire Hoe. The cliff top footpath (North Downs Way) and a cycle path pass the tunnel entrance, and the D2 bus from Dover to Aycliffe stops nearby. It's a while since this was checked so please assure yourself that these details are correct before you set off.

Samphire Hoe Walk


Opening Hours

  • 7 untill dusk every day
  • Parking is Pay and Display
  • Dogs are allowed on leads
  • Tea Kiosk Opens Saturday and Sunday and every day Easter to September

Location & Contact

  • WCCP, 6 Cambridge Terrace, Dover, Kent, CT16 1JT
  • 01303 225688

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