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Folkestone, Hythe & Romney Marsh: three different and distinctive areas combined in one unique holiday and leisure destination. Come soon, come anytime to discover stunning coastal and rural scenery, must-see places to explore, interesting things to do, comfortable places to stay, great places to eat, drink and be entertained.
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If you haven't been to Folkestone since it was a ferry port you'll be pleasantly suprised by how much it has changed. Without spoiling the features which generations of visitors have enjoyed, imaginative schemes have transformed the town centre, "old town" and Harbour areas.
With towering white cliffs to the east, the historic Cinque Port town of Hythe, broad sandy beaches and Romney Marsh to the West and backed by areas of unspoilt countryside, Folkestone is the attractive hub of the part of the south east corner of Kent, aptly described as the Garden Coast.
For a few days' break or a just-for-the-day trip to blow the cobwebs away, Folkestone is the place where everyone can have a good time.
Strollers always enjoy the mile-long Leas promenade and the paths atop the East Cliff and Warren. While familes head for the beaches and the adventure playground in the Lower Leas Coastal Park, shoppers are spoiled for choice: brand name fashion and other stores in the town centre; traditional shops in adjoining streets; galleries, studios and boutiques in the Creative Quarter as well as many independent specialist retailers. Good eateries abound. So do quality places to stay. Plentiful too, are the venues for concerts and entertainment with a multitude of festivals and events providing family fun throughout the year.
Countryside parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty are with easy reach. The charming seaside village of Sandgate just to the West is noted for antique shops, military and literary association. Folkestone's front-line role in wartime days is commemorated at the Battle of Britain Museum and Memorial and other sites.
Modern industrial and commercial developments have broadened its economic base and the town now has within its bounds the entrance to the Channel Tunnel, a main rail/road link to the continent. The town has been further enhanced with the building of Bouverie Place Shopping Centre and the stop at Folkestone for the high-speed rail link, which means a journey to London of just 57 minutes.
Attractively located between Folkestone and Hythe, the charming coastal village of Sandgate is worth much more than a passing visit. A few minutes journey from both towns by car or bus - or an easy seafront walk or cycle ride - you'll find beaches with long views over the Channel, a High Street famous for antiques and collectables, a wonderful selection of inns and restaurants, including traditional fish and chips, as well as small independent shops.
Although small - the parish boundary spans two miles of coast and extends inland up steep wooded hills - Sandgate has a fascinating history which embraces the times of Henry VIII, smugglers, the threat of Napolionic invasion and vital military roles in two world wars. Social reformers and celebrities of literature and the arts have made their home in the village.
Sandgate Sea Festival and other outdoor events are great attractions. Venues for concerts and shows are the Pavillion (just off the High Street in the grounds of the headquarters of travel and insurance specialists SAGA), the Tower Theatre in nearby Shorncliffe and the Chichester Memorial Hall.
One of the original members of the Confederation of Cinque Ports - towns in south east England which by Royal command provided men and ships for the defence of Britain in days long gone - Hythe is a charming town with the friendly atmosphere of a village and claiming many outstanding visitor attractions including a long promenade, the Royal Military Canal, the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and Brockhill Country Park.
Hythe Venetian Fete staged in odd years, and the Hythe Festival, in even years, attract visitors from far and wide.
The long High Street is an attractive mix of historic buildings and interesting independent shops, inns and restaurants.
The imposing 11th century Parish Church of St Leonards, stands above the town. Its ossuary (collection of neatly-stacked bones) attracts visitors from far and wide.
Hythe and immediate neighbourhood contain many first-class facilities for recreation: golf, tennis, riding, bowls, squash, boating, wind-surfing, fresh-water and sea angling, and bathing in the local indoor heated pools or the sea are all available.
Romney Marsh lies immediately west of the town, and may be explored either by car, bicycle or using the World's Smallest Public Railway.
Covering approximately 100 square miles from Rye to Hythe, the wetland area of Romney Marsh is flat and low-lying, with parts below sea level. Romney Marsh has been gradually built up over the centuries and is renowned for its natural beauty, diverse wildlife, rich history and extensive coastline.
From fine sandy beaches and medieval churches to nature and bird reserves and unspoilt countryside, Romney Marsh offers so much to see and do.
Attractions include the historic towns of New Romney and Lydd; the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, a 15” gauge miniature railway that runs for 14 miles from Hythe to Dungeness; and the Royal Military Canal that stretches for 28 miles and hugs the old cliff line that borders the Romney Marsh from Hythe in the north to Rye in the south west.
Nestled midway between Canterbury and Folkestone, Elham is situated within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Linking these two centres, is the Elham Valley Way, a 21 mile promoted footpath, passing over fields and woods through the village providing a challenging encounter for the long distance walker.
The Way largely traverses the track of the old Canterbury – Folkestone railway which closed in 1947.
There can be few places as tranquil as Kent’s Elham Valley that are so easy to reach and offer such a range of activities. Enjoy a walk in the unspoiled countryside followed by a pub lunch at one of the many charming village pubs. Breathe in the fresh air, drink in the views and feel yourself relax.