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“Water Lift”
Review of The Leas Lift - CLOSED

The Leas Lift
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

The Lift is operated by filling large water tanks under each car which is filled up on the car at the top making it heavy and pulled down the cliff by gravity, which as it gradually descends pulls the lower car up by heavy cables attached to each car well worth a trip to the beach or the coastal park, especially on the way up as the steps are a hike for the young and fit.

1  Thank Robin J
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

i was not happy with my experience, long que and took a while. the squeeking from the lift was horrible

Thank Quasim D
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Worth a ride in this historic water driven lift.Great to stand at the top and watch it working.(how sad am I)

Thank toptrav
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

It gets you up the cliffs, which is handy. It's cheap and the staff were friendly.
It's closed from November 12th for the winter season though.

Thank MrSloth
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

... to go up and down the cliff in the 127-year-old Leas Lift, one of only 3 water-gravity-based cliff lifts still operating in the UK. Shortage of funding (the local government withdrew its financial support a couple of years ago) is resulting in the closure of the lift in the coming weeks, in the uncertain hope it will be able to re-open in the Spring. The lift is run by a local community group and is reliant on donations and the small income from fares (1 pound per trip). It is terrible that the lift may close, and I'd encourage anyone visiting Folkestone to take the very short trip in it for a walk by the sea. Couldn't it also be of interest for people looking at energy conservation - it recycles the water it uses and only uses a tiny amount of energy to run the pump.

1  Thank KPS65
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