Sunny Sunday in Folkestone. The Leas, The Harbour, and The Old High Street. 

This weekend was the Folkestone trawler race and thankfully the sun shone. The harbour was buzzing, as was The Leas. 

Such a shame that the Leas Lift has shut down due to lack of funds to maintain it. Originally installed in 1885, and Grade ll Listed, it’s an iconic part of Folkestone. 

The Grand Hotel was built in 1899 and was the first ballroom in Europe to have a sprung dance floor, which was opened by The King, Edward VII in 1909. The first dance was with the Queen, the second was with Mrs Kepple. 

The benches on The Leas have boxes underneath which are motion activated, they read out letters to/from service men from WW1. 

Today the sun was shining and we even had a rooftop disco on The Leas Cliff Hall. 

The Step Short Arch was officially “opened” by Prince Harry in August 2014. It sits at the top of The Road of Remembrance. This was to commemorate the road walked by service men and personnel going off to war. 

I love the view of the “ship shaped” Burstin Hotel, with two cross channel ferries sailing out of Dover in the distance. 

I’ve had a lovely walk today, taking the views along The Leas and across The Channel where there are hazy views of the French coast. 


Walking to Hythe 

What started of as possibly a rainy day, turned out lovely. Squally clouds over the Channel and far reaching views to Dungeness Power Station. A walk along the promenade brings you into central Hythe. Just off Ladies Walk is Wakefield Walk, with a cricket ground, tennis courts, football pitches and lots of nice wide open spaces. You can hire rowboats for a meander along the canal. The Royal Military Canal itself is an official monument, and has information about it and the builders who built it dotted along the 28 miles of its banks.