The Lower Leas Coastal Park
The Lower Leas Coastal Park has something for everyone. In 1784 a landslip changed the landscape of the West End of Folkestone. A new area of land was created between the beach and the new cliff edge. It was first used as pasture for cattle, but it soon became a recreational site. Now developed into 3 zones, it’s ready to be explored.
The Lower Leas Coastal Park stretches across from Sandgate to beyond west Folkestone. It’s possible to walk right through to the Harbour Arm at the Eastern end of the town.
Into the wild
There is a wild zone which has many different local plants and attracts lots of wildlife. Migrating birds thrive here. There are pathways leading from the Lower Sandgate Road up to the Leas at the top of the cliff. These are suitable for pushchairs but are steep, and there are steps on some routes.
Have some fun!
The fun zone is a massive play area with equipment for toddlers up to adults. The main climbing area spans the path. There are tubular slides, wobbly steps, climbing walks, tunnels and nets to aid your way from one side to the other. Sit on a sand diggers, climb the shipwreck and discover the climbing walls in the alcoves around the zone. Near the Warden’s Hut there are loos. There are plenty of seats, picnic tables and a 350-seat amphitheatre where activities happen throughout the year.
Onto the Formalities
The Lower Leas Coastal Park area of Folkestone has been known for its landscaping and horticultural excellence. This continues in the Formal Zone where paths take you through to the Leas Lift and onto the beach and Harbour area.
You can park on the Lower Sandgate Road to reach the Lower Leas Coastal Park. You can also walk down the Zig-Zag path, or other paths leading from the Leas at the top of the cliff. National Cycle Route 2 runs along the Lower Sandgate Road, but cyclists should dismount when the park is busy.
If you fancy an ice cream, or something else, then there’s the Mermaids Café at the bottom of the path near the Warden’s Hut. You can sit, eat and admire the stunning sea view.