Hythe to Folkestone Walk

Starting at Hythe's station on the Romney Hythe, Dymchurch railway, this route takes in some of Kent's most popular seaside towns. From the station, follow the Royal Military Canal - a haven for spotting rowing boats, ducks 

After leaving Hythe, Sandgate Beach will be your next stop where it's possible on a clear day you will have sweeping views across to Dungeness in the south west and your final stop of Folkestone in the east, and possibly even France across the water. Between Hythe and Sandgate there are a number of Martello Towers to spot - these protected against invasion in the 19th century. 

Next stop is heading past Sandgate Castle, which was the first of King Henry VIII's device forts. Then, Folkestone comes into view. You'll notice the red funicular railway - the Leas Lift, which connected the beach to Folkestone town, or the Lower Leas to the Upper Leas. Above the funicular is the Step Short Arch, which commemorates soldiers who passed through Folkestone on their way to war on the continent. 

Passing the Leas, the final destination is the Folkestone Harbour Arm, which was once an old railway station and is now beautifully restored and home to many food and drink outlets, live music, outdoor cinema and a number of Folkestone's Artworks. Venture into the town more the and discover the Folkestone Creative Quarter - home to many independent shops, galleries and more. 

Visit the Explore Kent website for the route map and more information. 



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