Ever since Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman stumbled out of their little boat and kissed the beach under the the chalky cliffs of Southern England in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves", I've dreamt of visiting them. I was ecstatic to visit Dover for the first time in 2004 and again in 2005. (Everyone that's been to little Dover is chuckling at me right now...)
But something wasn't right; I couldn't quite check this off my Life List yet. My little girl dreams always involved sitting on the top of the highest spot of those white cliffs and dangling my toes over the side. Now, my somewhat grownup consciousness realizes that sitting on the edge of a chalk cliff is nothing more than foolish, but that doesn't mean I can't climb to the top and get within a few yards of the edge, right?
Well, I've found the spot to do just that: Seven Sisters Country Park in East Sussex:
But here's the tradeoff: no direct train lines, no direct bus lines, no private day trips...and the weather. Even though it's not too far from London in terms of miles, I've heard it could take 3-4 hours to finally stand up there and feel like the king (ahem, queen, excuse me) of the world. Now, the weather I could deal with; a stormy Channel might actually be rather cool to encounter. But an 8 hour round trip? Hmmm... Just how bad do I want this?