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Out-of-the-loop is fast becoming one of our favourite websites here at Cultured Kiwi. At Out-of-the-Loop they list a growing number of amazing walks that are easily accessible by train from the centre of London. You take the train to one location, then walk to another train station. The distance varies – greatly! Almost every weekend, we’re out exploring a unique part of the country that we wouldn’t have known about without this little treasure trove of itineraries!
This weekend, we headed for the White Cliffs of Dover and got the chance to explore the unique ecosystem of The Warren. It ended up being the best walk in London that I have ever done. By far!
Why is it One of the Best Walks Near London?
The Warren is a one of a kind semi-tropical habitat perched along the white cliffs of Dover. The flora and fauna under the canopy are mindblowing and you feel like you’re deep in a tropical jungle – not kidding! The Warren even has its own, indigenous species of butterflies and dragonflies. The majority of routes through The Warren consist of steep inclines, steps and uneven surfaces. But the payoff is worth the sometimes treacherous path. See the video below for a full breakdown of the walk, and eventually our bodies.
You can see more of the activities available to do through the Explore Kent website.
Where is the Warren?
Well we kind of cheated here, it’s a short train ride away, but as it often takes this long to transfer across Lonon, we count it as in London!
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Information about the day walk:
Things to See
For a full breakdown of what to see and exactly what to do please visit out-of-the-loop and print a copy of their PDF before you leave.
What should you Eat
Food options are fairly scarce on this journey. You are going to make sure you pack all your food with you, and a lot of water. There is a tea room at the railroad cafe and a second after the initial descent into the warren. Other than that, you are on your own, until you get into Dover.
How long will the walk take?
It took us around 8-9 hours to complete the walk. We were however filming and taking photos of everything. So if you were not doing that I can imagine it would be easily 1-2 hours shorter.
Photos of the Warren:
Thanks so much for reading. It was our pleasure to put together this body of work. It is the best walk in London, by far. If you live in London, you must do this walk!
Photos/Video – Ben Kepka
Words – Alex Kaschuta
New Zealand travel photographer based in London, UK. He was taking photos from a very young age in the backcountry of New Zealand before moving abroad. Since doing so he has taken workshops and tried to help get as many people into this art as possible. Featured in NZ Herald, Stuff.co.nz and many photography publications it’s safe to say he loves his photography!