One of the things that I really love about time in Deal is that we discover something new and different each time we visit. I remember times with Poppy as a toddler when we sought out new hidden alleyways each visit and it was several years before we had them all noted..

Our big thing this summer was the Lighthouse ( South Foreland) which has no vehicular access. This means that you have to park either in Dover and walk along the cliffs, or in St Margarets and either walk along the cliffs or through the woods.

So, it was shorts, hiking boots and backpacks and off we went one lovely summer afternoon. No dogs with us due to potential for falling off cliffs which brought me out in a cold sweat. Anyway, the walk was lovely – through the woods to get there first time then back along the cliffs with such spectacular views. The tour of the lighthouse was quite enchanting – an excellent and knowledgeable volunteer gave us the low down on the history and technical details and led us up through the narrow door to the viewing balcony where I discovered that I preferred not to be so high up after all- but the view across the channel was stunning. Then back down to tea on the lawn – proper leaf tea of course in china pots with cups and saucers to complete the sense that we had slipped into an Enid Blyton novel or a War time movie- very nostalgic and utterly much so that we went back and also explored other cliff top walks around Kingsdown and St Margarets.. gloriousIMG_0334

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