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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

D.J.B Furniture Emporium

11 Cheriton High St, Folkestone CT19 4ES, UK – 07444 909344

Always has lots of stock. Reasonable prices.

Lovely place.

Sports Direct

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

amazing love it my good friends in there

A bit small but they literally have everything what a person needs!

Halfords

West Park Farm North Retail Park, Park Farm Walk, Folkestone CT19 5FF, UK – 01303 251101

Not bad but prices seem a bit steep.

Very helpful friendly staff, not understanding all the hate, been shopping here for ages, never had any problem with staff

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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 country. 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..

Camping and Caravaning

Folkestone Camping and Caravanning Club Site

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

We have been here several times as temporary overseas members with a car and a tent during the last years. The road is not really suitable for all vehicles. The view is mostly just great. We had mixed experience with the staff over time. It is always a good idea to book in advance here if you want to stay for a bit. What we really didn't like the last time was the presence of rats on the site. The rabbits in the evening are quite fun however.

super location, lovely staff and a wicked view on the channel

Little Switzerland

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

One of the most visually-stunning campsites I have stayed at anywhere in the world. Tucked comfortably into the white cliffs, with an amazing elevated sweep across the English Channel to a tinderbox-view of France at night, Little Switzerland offered a warm welcome to a group of cyclists tired out after a day of Alpine climbs into and out of Dover and on the approach to Folkestone. And the warm hospitality (and cold pint of beer) offered by the site owner on arrival was very welcome, even keeping the bar/restaurant open late so we could eat our dinner indoors before heading to our tents for the night. Much, much appreciated!

I love it here, me and a few lads head down here every so often on our motorbikes and camp for the night, lovely location with a nice pub on top of the cliffs. Tony and Debbie are always very hospitable.

The Lower Leas Coastal Park

Lower Sandgate Rd, Folkestone CT20, UK – 01303 247376

Beautifully landscaped area with lots to do for young children. Swings, multi level climbing frames, zip wires, climbing walls etc. Several areas for BBQ's, public toilets and right on top of the beach. During the summer there is also a cafe on the beach front. Combine this with a visit to sunny sands (2 minute drive away) and the fountains.the kids will love it ,and so will the adults (if there are no kids, go to the Harbour Arm).

Nice clean park, be prepared to climb on your way back up, unless you have parked at the bottom. The flowers and other plants are really pretty. It's nice to sit on the grass and you can take a picnic/barbecue. Often has events going on e.g. live music or plays.

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!