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The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional rescource for all walkers, hykers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to guided walks and really audious walks.

Find A Walk Near Me by Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

The Range, Folkestone

Firs Ln, Folkestone CT19 4QE, UK – 01303 271698

Has some lovely homely bits and bobs.. Brought lots of stuff for my new home! Staff aren't useless or amazing.. They just get on with it. Never had bad customer service but never been great! Great products though

Generally Good, clean, well priced store with helpful staff. However I did have a problem returning some nail clippers for my dog. The item was faulty but because I had tested them on my dog they would be refund me because they could not resell them. I would normally understand this but I could seem to get the manager to understand that she could not resell them anyway as they where broken. Settled on an exchange for something else in the end.

Sports Direct

Bouverie Pl, Folkestone CT20 3AU, UK – 0344 332 5367

Great sized store offer so many good bargains on trainers plus much more, nice helpful staff too.

amazing love it my good friends in there

Topps Tiles Folkestone

Park Farm Road Ind Est, Folkestone CT19 5FG, UK – 01303 246713

Helpful staff

Helpful staff

Another good one. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Folkestone Camping and Caravanning Club Site

The Warren, Folkestone CT19 6NQ, UK – 01303 255093

Pros - Very tidy, quiet and well managed on the whole. Great views. Clean showers with plenty of hot water. Good proximity to Dover. Cons - Expensive. Lots of rules. Terrible approach road.

A clean and tidy, well run Camping & Caravanning Club Site situated on the cliff edge at The Warren, Folkestone. A dog-friendly site within minutes walk from a wild dog-friendly beach where a cliff-top walk to Folkestone takes about 35 minutes. This lovely site is situated in its own micro-climate. It is so well sheltered that even in a gale-force southwesterly (the prevailing wind) there was barely a breath of wind. Open to non-members. One word of warning; the site is approached by a long narrow winding road. For this reason only motorhomes and tents are accepted.

Little Switzerland

Wear Bay Rd, Folkestone CT19 6PS, UK – 01303 252168

Lovely quiet spot, we camped on the grounds you get beautiful views and lots of space! Only £10 per person for a pitch. Facilities are basic but do the job as long as you don't mind some steep steps. Nice cafe with outside seating too.

Great place, really beautiful, quite. The restaurant is lovely with gluten free cakes and really friendly accommodating service. The owners were really friendly and very welcoming. Will definitely go again.

Dog People is such a great website if you have dogs who go on holiday with you. Just enter your location and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!