Kent

Channel Route

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Overview

Leave the Victorian splendour of Folkestone and enjoy the coastal views as you head to Hythe and on to the wild open spaces of Romney and Dungeness. Turn inland along the motorway heading through Godinton, stopping at Leeds Castle before arriving in the historic town of Maidstone.

Folkestone

Stroll The Leas, Folkestone’s mile long promenade with views across to France to get some fresh air. Visit the cobbled Creative Quarter and explore over 100 artistic enterprises. Drop into the Folkestone Harbour Arm to relax and enjoy a drink or bite to eat.

Hythe

Relax in the quaint coastal market town of Hythe on the edge of Romney Marsh. Visit the 90 year old narrow gauge railway that runs for 14 miles to Dungeness. Nearby you will find four castles, including the ruins of the Roman Stutfall Castle and Port Lympne Wild Animal Park.

New Romney

An original cinque port, New Romney is an historic town on the edge of Romney Marsh. Visit the former almshouses, the ruins of 13th century St. John’s Priory and St. Nicholas Church where you can still see the boat hooks on the walls. Wander the historic high street and interesting shops.

Dungeness

The wild beauty of Dungeness is a Site of Special Scientific Interest formed almost entirely of flint shingle. Enjoy the wide open spaces, take a walk and recharge your batteries amongst nature in the fresh air. Explore the visitor centre at the nuclear power station and in the summer months you can visit The Old Lighthouse nearby.

Godinton

Godinton on the outskirts of Ashford is home to the Jacobean Godinton House and Gardens. Explore the house to view the historic collections and wander the 12 acres of gardens and park land.

Maidstone

Godinton on the outskirts of Ashford is home to the Jacobean Godinton House and Gardens. Explore the house to view the historic collections and wander the 12 acres of gardens and park land.

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Overview

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Folkestone

2
4.5 miles

Hythe

3
9.2 miles

New Romney

4
6.7 miles

Dungeness

5
21.8 miles

Godinton

6
20.5 miles

Maidstone

What to see and do…

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Diggerland Kent

Medway Valley Leisure Park, Strood, Rochester, Kent, ME2 2NU

Home of Charles Darwin (Down House)

Luxted Road, Downe, Kent, BR6 7JT

Dover Castle

Castle Hill, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU

House of Agnes

71 St. Dunstan's Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8BN

About the Channel Route Trail

Distance:63 miles
Cities / Towns:6
Number Of Businesses:4

Enjoy the fresh air and coastal views as you promenade before enjoying the Creative Quarter at Folkestone. Head down to the coastal market town of Hythe and may be a narrow gauge train ride to Dungeness. Enjoy the sea air and wide open spaces and take time to relax and unwind before heading towards Godinton House and Gardens and then onto the motorway for the historic town of Maidstone. Enjoy the River Medway and the town’s heritage sites before taking time to visit the spectacular Leeds Castle – maybe “the loveliest castle in the world”.

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Channel Vistas

Stroll the promenades and cliff tops with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. Gaze across the Channel and see France in the distance and take time to unwind and relax on the Kent coast, peppered with historic harbours and villages to explore.

Open Spaces

Leave the world behind and head to the valuable conservation sites of Romney Marshes and Dungeness. Take in the peace and quiet, big skies and vastness of the land to relax and unwind before finding a pub for a bite to eat.

Castle Delight

Be sure to visit the magnificent Leeds Castle – perhaps “the loveliest castle in the world”. Explore the trails, the maze or take in a falconry display. Leeds Castle is a stunning sight – don’t miss it!

Also Nearby

Diggerland Kent

Medway Valley Leisure Park, Strood, Rochester, Kent, ME2 2NU

Home of Charles Darwin (Down House)

Luxted Road, Downe, Kent, BR6 7JT

Dover Castle

Castle Hill, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU

House of Agnes

71 St. Dunstan's Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8BN