Walks And Walking – Folkestone 3 Peaks Challenge
As this is our most local walk it has become affectionately known by Tedi and I as the Folkestone 3 Peaks Challenge, a 2 hour, 3 mile circular walk covering Castle Hill, Round Hill and Sugarloaf Hill.
We parked our car on the Castle Hill Bridge slip road in Folkestone Kent and walked up the lane to the sign post just before Crete Road West where we walked right along the main track to a kissing gate at the top of Folkestone Downs.
This area opens up to Castle Hill, Caesar’s Camp, Ring and Baileys where, on a clear day like today, you can get spectacular views across the whole of Folkestone.
We continued our walk following the main track around the Horse Shoe following the Saxon Shore Way and North Downs Way sign post to another set of kissing gates, with Crete Road West on our left hand side, that lead up to the top of Round Hill.
We then walked straight ahead along the main track to bear right at the top of the valley with Canterbury Road above us keeping close to the wall on our left hand side as we headed towards Sugarloaf Hill.
We walked for as far as we could before heading steeply down to join the main track in to the thick wooded area at the bottom of Sugarloaf Hill.
As we walked through the woodland, passing the cows, we then started to climb steeply up Sugarloaf Hill losing the tracks completely but heading straight up to the top, where we had a quick rest to enjoy the amazing views.
We then found the wide grassy path back down Sugarloaf Hill, very steeply, to open grasslands and a kissing gate where we then followed the main track as it curved round and underneath the A20 to a metal kissing gate at the bottom of Castle Hill.
We continued our walk along this main track but the woodland edge all the way to a concrete footpath which lead us back to Castle Hill slip road and our car.