Last weekend we continued on exploring the Great British countryside that is easiely commutable from London & having previously visited Suffolk this time we took our bikes with us all the way to Kent seaside.
We caught a High Speed train from St Pancras International in London to Sandling to explore the beaches of Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Beauty. I made a last minute reservation at an Airbnb in Saltwood and so we cycled from Sandling train station through the hilly countryside of nearby Hythe, venturing to the sea to Folkestone past Sandgate Castle. We didn’t quite anticipate how hilly it was going to be around Hythe, Saltwood and Sandling, but it did make us enjoy our food so much more – knowing that we have a massive hill to cycle on the way home!
One of the places that we secretly fell in love with was Folkestone. This town of just under 50,000 residents has it’s own West End called the Leas (grand Edwardian buildings overlooking the English Channel) and has an arty area called Creative Quarter that hosts several design boutiques and quirky cafes. In addition, the town boasts a harbour with beautiful views, street food, summer festivals and plenty of art installations around. We were especially fascinated by Dolven’s tenor bell hanging from two poles in the midst of a beach clearing along Folkestone seafront. Feeling like kids who just discovered chocolate sneaking aroud the town on our bikes, we just couldn’t believe why have we not visited or even heard about this place before. Folkestone in my opinion has much more character and charm than it’s neighbouring Margate or Brighton, with a lot less people around. And of course, given that Folkestone is under an hour away from London, it really makes the most perfect weekend or beach day getaway place.
Food & drink
We had drinks at Harbour Arm in Folkestone
Indian meal on Friday night at Coppers in Hythe
Scallops & bacon roll brunch at Griggs at Hythe
Along the sea from Hythe to Folkestone all the way on a pedestrian / cycle pathway.
Easy, scenic and very safe bicycle route along the beach.