The English Channel Coast
Southeast England's English Channel Coast is densely populated and home to a number of significant cities and ports, including Brighton, Chichester, Dover, Hastings, Portsmouth, Southampton and Rye.
In fact, historic towns of all sizes stretch along its entire length, and many are popular resort destinations, complete with a wide variety of hotels, vacation home rentals and family attractions of all description.
Easily accessed from London and nearby Gatwick Airport, summer brings scores of vacationers to the coast, so lodging availabilities can be limited.
Visitors enjoy castle tours, health resorts, walks along the beach, cycling and watersports of all description. The entire area also has a rich ecosystem, and attracts many species of birds and fish throughout the year.
The English Channel itself is a part of the Atlantic Ocean, and it separates the island of Great Britain (part of the UK
) from northern France and joins the North Sea
to the Atlantic Ocean.
Approximately 350 miles long, it is one of the busiest shipping lanes on the planet. The channel is somewhat shallow, with an average depth of less than 50 meters between Dover and Calais.
Completed in 1994, the Channel Tunnel, a 31 mile long rail tunnel beneath the English Channel at the Straits of Dover, connects France and England.
It is now routine to travel between Paris, Brussels and London on the Eurostar train. Cars can also travel on special trains between Folkestone and Calais.