Lodging in Dover, Duration of stay for Channel Crossing

nvr2latenvr2late Central VirginiaCharter Member
edited April 2012 in General Discussion
I am seeking comments about options for lodging in Dover, and a strategy for making reservations based on your tidal booking. For instance, if you are 2nd in a tide on the 19th to the 27 of July, what should your reservations in Dover be? I believe that the suggestion is for one full week before the first day of your booking, and continue through your tide and maybe a few days after? This is in case of an American, and taking into account flights overseas. Thanks All.


  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member
    I stayed at Varne Ridge http://www.varne-ridge.co.uk/index.html and booked it for 3 weeks. (including one week prior and one week after my window)
    David and Evelyn are great hosts, and there will undoubtedly be other channel swimmers/aspirants staying there also.

    They will provide you with most anything you need for your crossing that you may not want to travel with... grease, feed poles, towels, blankets, etc. (Many swimmers leave these things behind for the next in line)

    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • Varne Ridge is the best location bar none. In fact I asked David & Ev to adopt me last year. They tend to book up about year in advance though. As Dave says above, the place is dedicated primarily to self-accommodation Channel swimming and you also get meet new Channel friends there. Plus, if you make it, you get your name on their wall, which is more than Dover does for Soloists.

    If Varne is full, Hubert House is pretty popular as a swimmer's B&B.
  • KarenTKarenT Charter Member
    Not so good for overseas visitors, but for UK swimmers who don't mind camping, or have a van, Little Satmar campsite is lovely. Very low key, and they've been very supportive over the years with generous rates and nice quiet pitches.
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    Dave, what was your time? I don't see it in the picture.
  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member
    IronMike said:

    Dave, what was your time? I don't see it in the picture.

    14:27.... about average for the day

    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member
    Just to add a bit about the duration of my booking at Varne Ridge: In 2009, our (relay's) tide was blown out. We were #3, but since we had a bit of flexibility in our schedules, we were able to get a swim in on the spring tide as both the the #1 and #2 swimmers went home.
    In 2010, the previous tide was blown out... and the following spring tide was equally bad, so no swimmers were able to cross, but the weather broke for my tide.

    I informed my pilot (Paul Foreman) of my schedule, and let him know that I would be available at the first opportunity to swim... be it neap or spring tide.

    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • mpfmarkmpfmark Teesside England Charter Member
    Kev has a flat for rental
    Walking distance of the marina and swimmers beach. It's ideal.
    More details if you want them
  • Besides Varne Ridge any other suggestions? I need rooms for four adults
  • nvr2latenvr2late Central VirginiaCharter Member
    I am pleased to say that I have reservations at Varne Ridge from July 21st - Aug. 4th 2013 - and a spot on the July 27th - Aug. 2 tide. Anyone else will be there at the same time?
  • jendutjendut Charter Member
    the Sandown B & B is impeccably clean and has several rooms- even showers, for the odd american who might stay there. A bit of a walk to the harbor, but we had a car (there is on-street parking); the owners, Martin and Sonia, are super supportive of channel swimmers and very nice (they even go down to Shakey to see swimmers off at obscene hours of the morning)
  • nvr2late, A few of this year's crop of Sandycove Island Aspirants from Ireland should be there, most of them are swimming in July, spread over both tides.

    Hey @mpfmark, I didn't realise Kevin loaned/rented out the flat. I'd like to stay and etch my name on his bed headboard! I hear he was back swimming last weekend.
  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member
    I stayed at the Gladstone House. A few doors up from the Victoria Guest House.
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