Walks And Walking – Kent Walks Dover To Folkestone Walking Route
I have been working in Sandgate, Folkestone, for the last few months and have been itching to get out for a walk in the area. Every day my train enters the Garden of England and as I look up at the North Downs I can hear them calling me! This weekend I decided to leave work on Friday and get the train to Dover Priory, then walk back to Folkestone along the coastal path. On Saturday I plotted out a 10 mile walk to visit the White Horse Folkestone and Caesar’s Camp up on the North Downs, which I’ll post as my next walking route.
As I had plenty of time I had a bit of a meandaer at the beginning of this Kent walk trying to find some good views of the Kent coast but you can just get straight in to the coastal path by heading down to the cliffs, turn right and then keep walking until you reach the Martello Towers at Folkestone.
My walk started at Dover Priory Railway Station where I exited to the main road turning right and crossing the road up to turn left in to Clarendon Road where I walked up taking a left up the lane to a pathway that climbed up to North Military Road over to a gate where I continued to climb up through woodlands to the top of the hill. I then walked right along the track to rejoin North Military Road where I walked left up the road to the next set of signposts taking me left in to more woodland and an area known as Western Heights, with a fairly decent view of Dover Castle and docks.
I then turned right down steps following the path as I continued my walk turning right uphill in to the woodland turning right to then rejoin North Military Road again through a small car park. It was here that I just missed my next pathway so after a short walk down the road I turned back up North Miltary Road to the signpost by the Dover Immigration Removal Centre where I joined the North Downs Way signposts.
Keeping to the North Downs Way signposts I then continued my walk until I turned left to briefly join Kings Rope Walk keeping ahead to cross over the A20 using the underpass to the next signpost for the North Downs Way Capel le Ferne.
I then climbed up to Shakespeare Cliff following this pathway across Samphire Hoe through The National Trust Round Down to Abbot’s Cliff following the signposts for the North Downs Way until I reached the white house. The lane was leading me down to the road so I thought I’d walk around the house to try and join a path on the cliffs but I couldn’t get down there so I walked back down to the B2011 road and turned left. With the caravan park on my right hand side I then walked down a path to a stile and back to the coastal path around another caravan park and views down the cliffs to the sea.
Continuing to follow the North Downs Way I then joined Old Dover Road to the Cliff Top Cafe and after a while walked right and then left along the pathway to the Battle of Britain Memorial where I had a quick look around before continuing my walk along the North Downs Way to Capel le Ferne where I eventually turned right to join Dover Hill by the Valiant Sailor pub. I then left the North Downs Way to walk down the hill turning left at the next track in to woodlands which lead me to Dover Road where I walked left down to Harbour Way and Radnor Bridge Road where I then walked down to the beach turning right along the Marine Parade passing the Cliff Lift to the Lower Leas Coastal Park. I then walked back up the zig-zag path to the road where I then walked right to find my bed for the evening, The Southcliffe Hotel, after an exhausting 10 miles and 3.5 hours.