From the whistle of a steam train to the art scene of Folkestone, amble along this beautiful stretch of the England Coast Path.
Begin in the west end of Hythe, next to the Hythe station of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway. This footpath runs right alongside the Royal Military Canal.
The canal will eventually lead you to Fisherman’s Beach, take in the fresh sea air, feel the breeze against your face and enjoy this flat stretch of coast. Passing by Seabrook and into Sandgate, a tiny village in between Hythe and Folkestone. Here you can stop for a refreshment with a few cafes to choose from.
Pass by Sandgate Castle, the first of King Henry VIII’s ‘device forts’, which guards a beach situated just 25 miles from the continent!
Admire the newly constructed vibrant beach huts, look out for the Leas Lift further towards Folkestone. It used to connect the Lower and Upper Leas, currently out of commission but transformed into a lovely cafe serving great coffee and food.
Follow the wooden boardwalk which heads towards the old Folkestone Harbour railway station and into the Harbour Arm. A now restored pedestrianised area and lively hub of Folkestone, filled with independent food outlets among other things.
Visit the Old High Street and Creative Quarter, a welcome end to this walk.
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Scanlons Bridge Road, Hythe
Allow 2 hours
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There are various eateries and cafes along this route. Along the seafront there might be pop up cafes, Sandgate has a few, good independent cafes. Once in Folkestone you are spoilt for choice with places to stop at.
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