Bleriot's Landing Spot is our Launchpad for the White Cliffs Walking Festival 2018
Help this year's Walking Festival get off to a flying start! Join us at the Opening Ceremony which will show-case the Bleriot Memorial, east of Dover Castle (just one of the White Cliffs' gems). We are delighted to announce Vanessa Griffiths, Ramblers' CEO will be opening the proceedings at 10.00am on Thursday 23rd August and she is keen to meet Festival-walkers. Following the ceremony, please join one of the three enjoyable walks departing from the site, or explore and learn more about Bleriot's daring flight.
DIRECTIONS and PARKING at BLERIOT MEMORIAL
From Dover Town Centre, take the A258 Castle Hill Road signed for Deal up to the top of the hill past Dover Castle entrance. At the sharp right-hand bend turn right into Upper Road and immediately turn right again into Broadlees Bottom Car Park (situated down private drive).
From the A2/A258 at Duke of York roundabout, take A258 to Dover Town Centre. For a few hundred yards. Before you descend hill into Dover, turn sharp left into Upper Road and immediately turn right again into Broadlees Bottom Car Park (situated down private drive)
On 25 July 1909 Frenchman Louis Bleriot, became the first person to fly the English Channel. He set off from Baraques at 4.35 in the morning in his tiny aircraft with a wingspan of just 25 and a half feet. Guided by smoke from a French destroyer, he sighted land at St Margaret's Bay. Subsequently he made a crash landing in Northfall Meadow, behind Dover Castle, identified as his landing ground by a large French flag waved by his friend M. Fontaine.
The aircraft was damaged on landing sustaining a broken undercarriage and propeller. The flight lasted just 37 minutes but was enough to secure the £1,000 prize on offer from the Daily Mail.
To commemorate the great Channel flight of M. Bleriot the local Aero Club at once announced their intention of erecting a monument on the landing spot. Mr. A. Duckham, a member of the Club who had witnessed the landing, then generously funded a full-sized Bleriot plane made in stone, to be set into the ground of the Meadow.