GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Dover to Folkestone

7 miles (11 km)

This is a popular walk between these two major towns on the Kent coast. It's about a 7 mile walk, with some moderate climbs so a reasonable level of fitness is required. The walk takes you along cliff tops with great views and visits to the two country parks located on the route. You can return easily by catching the train back to Dover from Folkestone West railway station.
The walk starts at the docks in Dover and follows the North Downs Way to the ruins of the medieval Knights Templar Church, on Bredenstone hill. You continue past Aycliff to Samphire Hoe Country Park. The park was created by using chalkmarlfrom theChannel Tunnelexcavations and is found at the bottom of a section of theWhite Cliffs of Dover. There are great views over the Strait of Dover and a Nature Reserve with a large variety of wildlife to look out for.
You continue west, passing the World War II coastal defence battery of Lydden Spout before coming to East Cliff and Warren Country Park. This route crosses the train line here to follow the coastal path but you could also pick up the woodland trails through the park. The park is formed of the East Cliffs ofFolkestone, the sandy beaches of East Wear Bay and the land-slippednature reserveland between the cliffs and the sea. There are more great views, interesting flora and fauna and threeold Martello Towers to see. These were built on the cliffs in the early 19th century to protect against the French invasion ofNapoleon.
The path continues along the coast, passing the Folkestone Roman Villa. The villa wasbuilt during theRoman Occupation of Britain, and is located inEast Wear Bay. It's situated on a cliff top overlooking theEnglish Channel, with views of the French coast atBoulogneon a clear day.
The final section descends to Folkestone, finishing at the harbour. Just down the coast you can visit Lower Leas Coastal Park if you wish to extend the walk. It's a lovely park with pretty gardens and a free adventure play area.
To travel along the coast in the other direction try the Dover to Deal Walk.

Dover to Folkestone OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Dover to Folkestone Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Open Street Map with Location tracking

Photos

Dover Western Docks - geograph.org.uk - 66833

Dover Western Docks

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Dover Beach

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Knights Templar Church

Samphire Hoe - geograph.org.uk - 506207

Samphire Hoe

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Lagoons and White Cliffs at Samphire Hoe

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Folkestone, Warren and harbour from Battle of Britain Memorial

Folkestone Harbour - geograph.org.uk - 1326596

Folkestone Harbour

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Beach at Folkestone

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GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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