|French name: La Manche an arm of the Atlantic Ocean between S England and N France, linked with the North Sea by the Strait of Dover. Length: about 560 km (350 miles). Width: between 32 km (20 miles) and 161 km (100 miles)|
Note: Its cold, choppy waters have been a popular challenge for long-distance swimmers.
Note: A formation of high bluffs on the British side of the English Channel is known as the White Cliffs of Dover.
Note: A tunnel under the channel connects England and France via auto-carrying train service.