Lower Leas Coastal Park
Lower Leas Coastal Park
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Parks • Playgrounds
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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New measures have been introduced by Folkestone & Hythe District Council in response to the sheer numbers of people visiting the Lower Leas Coastal Park. These measures include: Banning barbecues in the Coastal Park with immediate effect. BBQ pods have been removed. Refreshing the double yellow lines along Radnor Cliff Road. Installing a lockable barrier on the Coastal Park car park and close this overnight from 8pm - 8am to discourage groups from staying late into the evening. We are unable to release any vehicles over night. Installing additional signage and exploring the use of large electronic signage located at various points in the district/access points to the park areas. Increasing the amount of enforcement and advisory officers to give a higher visual presence. We will be issuing warnings - and potentially fines - to anyone acting in a way that negatively impacts on others.
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2-3 hours
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mrsbsouthend
Rayleigh, UK772 contributions
Aug 2022
Coming from Essex (Southend area) I definitely have cliffs park envy. Folkestone have really made a shining example of what to do with a cliff area. After leaving the amazing boardwalk (again, genius idea) on the beach we walked right up and beyond the playground. The accessibility to the beach in several places was brilliant. The planting also beautiful despite recent drought. It appeared wheelchair and pushchair friendly too. I did see some disabled people out with a local counsellor and there was discussion going on about making an accessible route, which I think is a brilliant idea!

The zig zag path was a talking point, as was the absolutely brilliant kids playground. Shady in the hot sun, lots of places to sit for parents, clever design. Even after I'd puffed my way up to the top I still loved it!

What I would say is save yourself serious amounts of money not parking there, £12 for 5 hours plus! I parked up at Sandgate Road and it cost £5.50 for 24 hours up there, and it's all reasonable walking distance (give or take the big hill to climb back up!!!).
Written August 26, 2022
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Melody R
5 contributions
Sep 2021
Folkestone is very lucky to have this wonderful playground. Entering the Coastal Park either from the Sandgate end or the Folkestone Harbour end, the park is beautiful in itself, with picnic spots dotted around, and some stunning plant displays. The playground is roughly in 4 parts. 1. A pirate ship. 2. A large climbing web. 3. A network of wooden climbing frames, bridges and towers, with two zip wires. 4. large sandpits with equipment. The park is just above Mermaid beach, and the Mermaid Cafe sells very good quality snacks. There are toilets within the park.
Written April 14, 2022
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phatpigeon
London2 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Super linear park amongst trees on the coast, right by beach. Play areas, toilets, cafe and beach of course. Can walk along to harbour or other direction to Sandgate.

Council have recently increased car parking charges. Reasonable up to an hour stay but anything more you will pay £12 for 1 hour up to 4 hrs then more than 4 is £20, yes £20....

As the activities are free might make it easier to swallow for some visitors

(Note there is no adjacent free parking it's permit zones). Free parking is a (steep walk) up the cliffside.

Its a great council facility, such a pity the crazy car park charges put it out of reach of those who might need it most.
Written December 16, 2020
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srn1981
91 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
I’ve been looking forward to coming here for a long time but was disappointed.

The parking is very, very expensive at £12 for 4 hours.

The park was extremely busy and very difficult to social distance, there were large gatherings on the grass areas so was difficult to move around. We didn’t get to experience the whole park due to this.

The bins were all overflowing (I know people should take their rubbish home) but at the cost of parking the council should empty them more frequently. There was rubbish all down the steps on the way to the beach that we had to step over.

Getting to and from the park/parking was difficult as 2 cars were unable to pass so lots of reversing was neeeded to leave at the end of the day.

Positives are the children loved the beach, the playground and The Mermaid Cafe is lovely and even had vegan choices.

Unfortunately, I won’t be rushing back. There are far better country parks.
Written August 9, 2020
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SJC94
Ashford, UK173 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Shady gardens stretching along the coast between Sandgate and Folkestone.
Generally well maintained with play and quiet areas . Signs explaining what renovations are being done.
At the moment the tranquility is slightly spoilt by building work noise at the Folkestone end.
Also the council have felt the need to put poles up with all the banned activities listed everywhere. It is disappointing they feel they need to do this.
Written June 3, 2021
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Hayley
Canterbury, UK19 contributions
Aug 2020
We really liked our visit here yesterday. It feels like you are abroad. The views from the zig zag path are beautiful. It was dog friendly and dogs are allowed on some of the beaches, not the ones in the middle. There are lots of benches to have a sit down on. I had read there were toilets but didn't see them so maybe some more would be good. Parking is expensive but we went to Sandgate car park which is 5 minutes walk away and was only £2.50 for four hours. We found a nice chip shop up near the pier end. We don't have small children but saw a great park.
Written August 21, 2020
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Rustylino
Folkestone, UK53 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
Stop Press -Effective June2nd 2020

The Park has introduced strict measures due to constant abuse of the site. No BBQs are permitted effective 2 June. Additional enforcement of theses measures are in place. The place is no longer an attraction for large groups. Parking will be more stringently controlled.

Written June 4, 2020
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LucindaRandolph
Folkestone, UK96 contributions
Dec 2021
It's the greatest honour to have this as my local park, a mere 4 minutes away. And with the sea running alongside it.

I moved to Folkestone in March 2017, and I still thank Archangel Michael et al daily for my "one flat viewing" and then move to the seaside! I've never lived by the sea before. It's a huge honour!

This park is divine! It really is beautiful. Stunning and unusual plants and flowers. A huge credit to those upkeeping the place.

The dog walkers, on the whole are very good, and pick up their doggy doo. Very thankful.

Fun, and unusual Pirate themed kids playground. And there is an Amphitheatre there with free events during the summer.

The Mermaid Cafe has lovely ice creams. The inside looks inviting, funky and snug. Must go there for a drink one day.

Either way, blessed to live next door to this gorgeous park!
Written December 17, 2021
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138Paul138
Canterbury, UK939 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Parked in a side street in Sandgate, (2hours free), headed to the sea turned left and just followed the path in the direction of Folkestone. Path is smooth, well maintained and wide enough for walkers and cyclists. Some very colourful beach huts line part of the route. Beaches are formed in crescent shapes with piles of boulders forming breakwaters. There is a cafe along the path called The Mermaid Cafe. You can walk all the way to Folkestone Harbour, or you can take a path back up to The Leas. Our route was about 5kms.
Written February 20, 2021
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Vanessa M
London, UK155 contributions
Dec 2020 • Solo
This is one of my favourite walks in Kent. Along the Leas, down the zig zag, along the lower Leas and then along the Harbour Arm. Beautifully maintained with stunning sea views and a clear sight to France!
Written December 23, 2020
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