A new historical walk has been launched by Folkestone Town Council. Folkestone Town Trail is around 2.25 miles and follows a path from Bakers Gap at East Cliff, alongside Sunny Sands, through Folkestone Harbour and takes in 7 historic signs, including the top of the Road of Remembrance before finishing at the site of the Martello Tower Number 4 on the Leas.
The boards, designed by Graphic Designer John Simms, were completed and installed with the KCC Way Finding Trail.
At the launch, the Mayor of Folkestone; Cllr Martin Salmon said the need for the boards was identified years previously: “Since identifying some years ago that Folkestone was lacking a historical and heritage information trail contrary to other similar Kentish towns.
FTC has worked in partnership with Go Folkestone, Step Short, Kent County Council SDC and our graphic designer John Simms to develop 7 interpretive layouts.
“We proudly display the enchanting, colourful, diverse significant history and heritage of Folkestone from St Eanswythe to Charles Dickens and the Martello towers to world war one and the commemoration arch.”
MP for Folkestone & Hythe Damian Collins said: “The new information boards are a great addition to the town and will be enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike. I would like to congratulate everyone who has been involved in the delivery of the project, over the last number of years.
“Thanks to their efforts Folkestone’s position as a leading place for people to come and learn about WW1 has been further strengthened, and we have a real opportunity to tell the stories from the past that so enrich the town to more people than ever before.”
We spoke to Ann Berry from Step Short – who are one of the collaborators and found out from Dawn Maddison about the Geocoaching that is involved. We asked Ann Berry how the idea for the trail came about; Listen here:
Folkestone Town Council has worked in partnership with Go Folkestone, Step Short, Kent County Council, Shepway District Council and Graphic Designer John Simms, to produce the boards. With more planned in the future.
You can pick up a brochure and find out more by visiting the Town Hall.