Free Day Out with the Kids: The Three Peaks Challenge, the Folkestone version! (Kent)

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Updated March 2023

One of our favourite walks is the three peaks challenge in Folkestone – conquering Castle Hill, Round Hill and Sugarloaf Hill. It’s a fantastic walk, and a brilliant way to spend a freebie afternoon and get some fresh air. I’ve included photos from a few of our different visits, old and new, as we do this route a few times a year.

Folkestone 3 Peaks Challenge, Free Day Out with the Kids, Kent, nature walk, hills, frugal mum family

 

How long does it take?

It’s quite some distance – our route is about 6km and it takes a few hours. My kids always have a great time exploring as there’s woodland along the way, and they’re always super determined to get to the top, so they can slide down on their bottoms!

Folkestone 3 Peaks Challenge, Free Day Out with the Kids, Kent, nature walk, hills, frugal mum family

Folkestone 3 Peaks Challenge, Free Day Out with the Kids, Kent, nature walk, hills, frugal mum family

Whilst the first parts of the walk are more easily achieved, despite some uneven terrain, Sugarloaf itself is very steep compared to the other two hills and you’ll need to sort of scramble up it and slide down. It’s very satisfying when you make it to the top, and the view is incredible. It’s the perfect picnic spot!

Folkestone 3 Peaks Challenge, Free Day Out with the Kids, Kent, nature walk, hills, frugal mum family

Folkestone 3 Peaks Challenge, Free Day Out with the Kids, Kent, nature walk, hills, frugal mum family

However, if you have any mobility issues or young children, the difficulty of the last hill may be a bit much – but you can still enjoy the first part of the walk.

 

What should I bring?

Wear sensible clothes and supportive shoes – it’s quite a trek and steep in places. Take plenty of food and water so the kids can snack along the way – there are loads of spots with great views to enjoy some rest and a picnic.

Folkestone 3 Peaks Challenge, Free Day Out with the Kids, Kent, nature walk, hills, frugal mum family

A lot of the walk is unshaded, so you’ll need suncream on a warmer day – there’s a wooded area along the way that’s perfect for a rest in the shade. Finn and Lola love to play hide-and-seek there too!

Folkestone 3 Peaks Challenge, Free Day Out with the Kids, Kent, nature walk, hills, frugal mum family

The field at the bottom of Sugar Loaf is very boggy when it’s been wet – so think about this before you walk. We’ve had very soggy shoes in the past! But, as long as you’ve had a spell of dry weather, the field will be fine.

 

How do I find it?

If you fancy having a go at the three peaks challenge, click here to get the route and some more info. I think we take a slightly different route as we explore along the way, but this will give you an idea of where to start.

Folkestone 3 Peaks Challenge, Free Day Out with the Kids, Kent, nature walk, hills, frugal mum family

You can park your car in a parking area off of the M20 Motorway at Junction 13 for Folkestone. The route will take you back in a loop. It’s important to note that it’s near a McDonalds for when everyone’s starving on the way home! 😂 This walk was our sanctuary during the pandemic when everything was closed!

Folkestone 3 Peaks Challenge, Free Day Out with the Kids, Kent, nature walk, hills, frugal mum family

I’ve taken this route map from the ‘Walksandwalking‘ website:

Folkestone 3 Peaks Challenge, Free Day Out with the Kids, Kent, nature walk, hills, route image map

Have a great walk! 😍

Folkestone 3 Peaks Challenge, Free Day Out with the Kids, Kent, nature walk, hills, frugal mum family

 

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