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White cliffs of Dover

Oct 3, 2020

I’m keen on walking in the countryside. Although there are plenty of good spots for rambling in my local area I sometimes like to head further afield. I recently went walking near Dover which is a port in south east England. Dover is famed for its white cliffs. They’re white because they’re chalk. Perhaps you’ve heard the expression ‘like chalk and cheese’ or ‘different as chalk and cheese’? Here’s an example sentence: “Theresa and I will never get along. We’re like chalk and cheese”. We use this expression to say that two things or people are completely different, they have nothing in common.


It was hazy the day I went walking so I couldn’t see France, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless. The clifftop was green, undulating and pretty with lots of blackberries. Besides, it’s always nice to see the ferries coming and going.


The vegetation along the cliffs is kept under control not by a team of gardeners but by a herd of ponies. The Exmoor ponies graze the cliffs and by doing so improve the chalk grassland.


I even saw a beautiful old lighthouse. Its brilliant white and gorgeous green were stunning. Have you been on a walk recently? Where did you go? What did you see? What were your impressions?




keen (adjective)  enthusiastic about something/want to do something

be keen on doing something   or   be keen to do something

‘I’m keen on learning English’  ‘I’m keen to improve my English’


spot = place


rambling = walking in the countryside for pleasure


head (verb)  go or travel to


further afield (phrase)  places that are not the nearest or obvious ones


get along (phrasal verb)  have a friendly relationship with


hazy (adjective)  hazy weather makes things difficult to see and is caused by heat or mist


undulating (adjective)  wavy


ferry (noun) a large boat for passengers and vehicles


vegetation (noun)  plants, greenery, shrubs


under control = manage something successfully

keep something under control  “We must keep our spending under control or we’ll have money problems”


herd (noun)  a group of ponies, horses, zebras, cattle, etc.


graze (verb)  When animals eat grass or other plants they are grazing


impression = thoughts and feelings

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