Cap Gris Nez

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Martha Wood on Cap Gris Nez, France after her 12 hour 25 minute crossing of the English Channel. Photo by Elaine Howley
Cap Gris-Nez, France

Cap Gris-Nez is a cape on the Côte d'Opale in the Pas-de-Calais département in northern France. The cliffs of the Cap are the closest point of France to England - 34 km (21 miles) from Dover. On a clear day, the emblematic white cliffs of Dover on the English shore can be seen.

The cliffs of Cap Gris-Nez are made of sandstone, clay and chalk. They are mainly grey which gives the cape its name ('gris nez' means 'grey nose' in French).

Channel swimming

Marathon swimmers challenge themselves to swim 34 km (20.9 statute miles or 18.2 nautical miles) across the English Channel between Dover in England to Cap Gris Nez in France.

Swim The Channel

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