The strait is at the east end of the English Channel, where it joins the North Sea. Its width is the shortest distance between France and England. On a clear day, it is possible to see the coastline on the other side and the buildings on the shore without the help of binoculars.
The shortest distance across the strait is from the South Foreland, some 6 km (4 mi) north-east of Dover in the county of Kent, England, to Cap Gris Nez, a cape near Calais in the département of Pas-de-Calais, France. Between these two points – the most popular route for cross-channel swimmers – the distance is just 33 km (20 mi).
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Other websites[change | change source]
- Channel Navigation Information Service Archived 2007-12-11 at the Wayback Machine
- Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation Archived 2011-04-30 at the Wayback Machine
- Channel Swimming Association
- Depth Chart showing straits and former course of Rhine Archived 2012-12-08 at Archive.today