Creteway Down

Creteway Down has spectacular views across Folkestone and it forms a valuable link between the important wildlife sites of Folkestone Downs and Folkestone Warren. Part of Creteway Down is a Site of Special Scientific Interest of European importance for wildlife, especially orchids. It is possible to walk all over Creteway Down although visitors should take care on steep muddy slopes. The North Downs Way national trail follows the crest of the hill, on a route that has probably been a footpath for thousands of years. Early Mesolithic pottery has been found on Creteway Down which suggests that man was walking here around 6,000 years ago. Creteway may derive from the Latin 'creta' for chalk, and it is thought that a Roman Road from Lemanis (Lympne) to Dubris (Dover) followed the route across the downs.

Cyclists can also enjoy Creteway Down on National Cycle Route 2 that leads from Dover to Folkestone and on to the West Country. Creteway Down is the home of the Coccoliths Sculpture which has been installed on the quiet country lane that leads down across Creteway Down to Dover Hill (Grid Reference TR 232 380). The sculpture was created by the artist Tim Clapcott, who was inspired by the shape of the tiny skeletons (called coccoliths) that make up the chalk. Coccoliths are the remains of tiny plants that floated in a warm tropical seas between 65 and 130 million years ago. The sculpture is one of the artworks that form the Chalk & Channel Way Art Trail between Dover and Folkestone. You can also hear the poem, Blind Date, written by the poet Ros Barber.


Crete Road East
CT18 7EG


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