13,1 km (8.2 miles) – with Prasana.
Starting our walk in Folkestone centre, we got ourselves a hot chocolate to take away – as encouragement and sugar boost for the walk that was about to begin. As there were no litters around I carried the little hot chocolate cup with me for the entire walk. As hot chocolate cups usually have a very short life anyway, it is worth mentioning here what it experienced throughout the walk.
Starting the walk at the harbour the little hot chocolate cup saw the wonders of the Folkestone esplanade for the first time. It was an amazing weather. Windy, but sunny. Climbing up the cliffs we passed 2 of the Martello Towers, that were built for defence against Napoleon along the English South East Coast in the early 1800s.
Climbing down to another part of the (sandy) beach, we walked along the timeworn seafront esplanade that apparently are the remains from WWII.
The little hot chocolate cup had fine view onto the sea, the English Channel, for the entire walk – down at the beach and later up on the cliffs on the way back. If it’s clear weather you even should be able to see France.
During the first half of the walk we kept the white chalk cliff to our left. Half way through, we climb up the cliffs again. It was a steep climb which initially looked like an impossible endeavour for such a little hot chocolate cup. But the reward was waiting in the pub at the top of the cliffs. We went to the Royal Oak to have a drink but both bartender and waitress weren’t particularly … warmhearted. The pub also made the impression of a rather shabby, local pub, so we had our drink and decided to get a proper meal at the nearby Lighthouse Inn. I’m glad we did. Firstly, the little hot chocolate cup encountered carvery for the first time. And secondly, it was such a nice, relaxed, quiet atmosphere in there. Probably due to the fact that we were late (it was already 2.30pm) but there was also a guy playing the piano (Elton John, etc.). Definitely worth a visit. Ignore the Royal Oak.
On our way back we walked along the edge of the cliffs with the view onto Folkestone. This is the most comfortable part of the walk as it’s constantly going downhill. We just made it to the train station in time to get quick train back to London where we had to say goodbye to the little hot chocolate cup.
+ Fantastic sea view throughout the walk
+ Not too strenuous
+ Short walk, good for winter
+ At this time of the year few people the more you proceed into the walk
+ In summer lunch picnic at the cliffs
+ Short train journey from London
+ Lots of hot chocolate places in the beginning of the walk
– Windy (so get properly dressed)
– A third of the walk is on concrete