A bracing ten-mile walk across the clifftops


Charles Holland led a walk on Friday September 14th 2018 from Dover to Deal as part of RIBA’s Love Architecture week, taking in 7 of the CHALKUP21 Art and Architecture Trail structures.

A Walk Across the Clifftops took in half of the CHALKUP21 walk, from Dover to Deal.  We started – appropriately enough – at Alma Tischler Wood’s Start/Finish Line on Dover esplanade and visited six of the nine structures along the way. We also took in the expansion to the Western Docks and tried through the cranes and mounds of aggregate to spot the old train station and works by George Devey and Beresford Pite, We admired Philip Hardwick’s glorious curve of Waterloo Crescent and the hidden treasures of Marine Drive. We marvelled at the endless activity and scale of the eastern docks and the majestic sweep of the white cliffs as we marched towards St, Margaret’s Bay. We passed houses by Charles Voysey, George Devey and Tonkin Lui, peered into Professor Spratt from Harry Potter’s garden and talked about Noel Coward and Ian Fleming as we passed their old house on the beach. George Devey featured again as passed Walmer Castle which he remodelled in the 19th century and then the big, baggy Victorian and Edwardian seaside houses on Walmer promenade. Finally we arrived at Deal’s post war Brutalist pier and the final building on the CHALKUP21 trail: Niall McLaughlin’s Cafe, soon to host another CHALKUP21 event: Architecture-On-Sea, a talk about seaside architecture. (Charles Holland)

Those on the walk thoroughly enjoyed themselves as well as learning lots as the following feedback attests:

Today has been great. An enormously interesting walk from Dover to Deal along the cliffs led by architect Charles Holland (Grayson P gingerbread house) courtesy of the wonderful #CHALKUP21 project taking in the 21st century architectural landmarks @DoverArts

It was great! I’ve done that wonderful walk many times but learned lots of new, interesting things. Thankyou Charles! And thanks @DoverArts for bringing us such treats!

I wanted to say a big thank you for organising such a wonderful talk and walk on Friday.
We had such a great time. What a friendly, interesting  bunch of people and of course led by Charles ( what a coup!). You have done obviously fantastic things with DAD.

Photos courtesy of Petra Matthews-Crow as well as a few from  Joanna