A strange sight greets you when you arrive on the cliff tops overlooking the Eastern Docks, Dover. As well as the fantastic views of the docks and the channel, you are also likely to come across a herd of Exmoor Ponies grazing on the grass.
A very hardy horse breed native to the British Isles, these ponies are a semi wild herd managed by the National Trust. These animals are used as a conservation tool to manage the brush, grass and hawthorn bushes that are prevalent here.
These animals are not fazed by the steep drop to the docks below or by tourists walking the cliff top path from Langdon to South Foreland and St Margarets Bay. They have been here for 20 years since the National Trust introduced them, not only as a conservation tool, but also as protection measure as their numbers were declining. They are looked after by the National Trust and are given annual health checks.
I would highly recommend a visit if you are in this part of the world. A beautiful place with a cliff top cafe and plenty of opportunities to see wild Exmoor ponies, as strange as the sight may be !!!!!