We’re very lucky to be surrounded by the rolling hills of the North Downs with many areas of outstanding natural beauty to enjoy, without even really leaving town!
The edge of the North Downs offers some lovely short and medium walks at various levels of strenuousness! Whether you climb Castle Hill, the Three Peaks and take the North Downs way towards the hidden beach The Warren or just amble around the hills enjoying rolling hills and woody nooks they afford great walks barely a mile from the centre of town.
Landscaped gardens, the largest outdoor free play area for children of all ages and fabulous views make the Lower Leas Coastal Park the perfect place for an amble. Stop for an ice cream or bbq.
Once the preserve of the upper classes today anyone can enjoy a lovely amble along the Leas, over a kilometer long with a bandstand at one end and the majesty of Victorian Gothic buildings The Grand Hotel and the Metropolitan (no longer a hotel) wide flat paths make this a highly accessible town stroll.
Folkestone has a long and interesting history, whether it’s recalling the soldiers who left during the first and second World Wars via what is now called Rememberance Road, discovering the home of HG Wells or just nosing around beautiful old churches and gardens there’s some great walks around town. If you really want to crib up on your history whilst you’re visiting, why not sign up for one of Tony’s Fabulous Walking Tours?
Thanks to the Triennial we have a fantastic collection of free art located around town in surprising corners. Check out the art trail here.
We are beyond spoiled here in Folkestone, not only is there a microclimate that may well make us the sunniest spot in the UK and gives names to at least one of our sandy beaches, but we’ve got a total of four glourious beaches from which to enjoy all that sunshine all within a short stroll from town.
The Warren is an undiscovered gem of a beach which never really gets crowded thanks to the steep walk down. Dogs are allowed on this beach all year round. Find out more.
A large man made shingle beach just below the Lower Leas Coastal Park has a promenade alongside to make for easy walking from here round to the other beaches.
If you keep going from Mermaid Beach you come along to Sandgate Beach. Helpfully there are cafe’s directly on the beach at both ends and two bars with along the road literally overlooking the beach. Sandgate Beach is my favourite spot for Fish and Chips. The Little Fish Shop being my favourite chippie, but Roka do sourdough artisan pizza delivery direct to the beach which is pretty cool you have to admit!