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White Cliffs of Dover
White Cliffs of Dover and the Strait of Dover as seen from Cap Griz Nez, France
Dover Harbour

Dover is a town and major ferry port (Dover Harbour) in the home county of Kent, in South East England. It faces France across the narrowest part of the English Channel, and lies south-east of Canterbury; east of Kent's administrative capital Maidstone; and north-east along the coastline from Dungeness and Hastings. The town is the administrative centre of the Dover District and home of the Dover Calais ferry through the Port of Dover.

The surrounding chalk cliffs have become known as the White Cliffs of Dover, and the narrow sea passage nearby – the Strait of Dover. Its strategic position has been evident throughout its history: archaeological finds have revealed that the area has always been a focus for peoples entering and leaving Britain. The name of the town derives from the name of the river that flows through River Dour. The town has been inhabited since the Stone Age according to archeological finds, and Dover is one of only a few places in Britain – London and Cornwall being other examples – to have a corresponding name in the French language, Douvres.

Distances for Dover Harbour swims

Dover is the gathering place for individuals training for and attempting an English Channel crossing.

An English Channel swim distance is about 15 circuits of the harbour starting from the swimmers beach - to the Prince of Wales - To the Eastern docks wall - to the swimmers beach. 2620 yards (1.3 nautical miles). A 6-hour swim should be 6 - 7 or 8 circuits of the harbour depending on your speed.

Prince of Wales pier to Swimmers beach = 520 yards
Swimmers beach to Eastern dock wall = 840 yards
Prince of Wales Pier to Eastern dock wall, direct route across the harbour = 1260 yards
Swimmers beach to Prince of Wales to Eastern Docks to Swimmers beach = 2620 yards (1.3 nm)
English Channel crossing is 18.6 mn ÷ 1.3 = 14.3 circuits of the harbour
Prince of wales to Eastern docks to Prince of Wales = 2500 yards (1.25 nm)
English Channel crossing is 18.6 mn ÷ 1.25 = 14.88 circuits of the harbour

World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns

Dover was selected as one of the World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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