East Cliff and Warren Country Park

East Cliff and Warren Country Park


Come and explore the dramatic landslip landscape of East Cliff and Warren Country Park.

The Warren is formed from a succession of landslips that have occurred over approximately the last 200 years. The last great landslip was in 1915, since when the sea defences have stabilised the coast. These landslips are of huge interest to geomorphologists and the original account of the geology of the upper chalk was made here. The Warren is one of the best sites in Southern England to find fossils.

The area is rich in wildlife and offers magnificent views of the famous white cliffs. The site is rich in wildlife with chalk grassland wild flowers growing beside woodland plants, while the salt spray encourages rock sea lavender, wild cabbage and rock samphire. Being south facing, it is an exceptional site for insects such as butterflies and moths - it is the only remaining site in Kent for the grayling butterfly. Over 150 types of bird visit the Warren each year, such as house martins, fulmar and Britain’s largest wintering populations of Mediterranean gulls. The wide range of sea life makes this one of the most important seashore sites in South East England where rockpooling and searching for fossils of sea creatures which lived when the rocks were forms (80-110 million years ago) are popular pastimes.

There are a number of waymarked circular trails to enjoy. Walking in the Warren may be demanding due to the large number of steps so wear suitable footwear. There is access for disabled people down to a small car park (next to the scrub garden) deep within the Warren, from where there is a level walking route.

Look out for Martello Tower No 3 on the East Cliff, which was built between 1804-9 to help defend Folkestone against the threatened invasion by the French led by Napoleon. Nearby, there is an interpretation panel which explains about the Roman Villa that once stood here. It is sometimes possible to see the outline of the villa in the grass in a dry summer.

Opening times:
Open all the time

Walking allowed
Disabled toilets (Radar key needed)
Disabled parking
Play area
Visitor centre
Paths are largely suitable for electric scooters

The nearest train station is Folkestone Central (2 miles)
From Folkestone take B2011, then follow signs for East Cliff and Warren Country Park

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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015