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Folkestone’s waterfront is where it all started. For centuries it was a relatively obscure fishing village, with a penchant for smuggling too, but in the mid nineteenth century the railways brought prosperity and the opening of the lucrative and highly popular cross-channel ferry industry.
Now, fishing is undertaken on a much smaller scale, with only eight trawlers regularly operating from the quaint harbour. And the trains no longer trundle across the bridge into the harbour station, offloading holidaymakers to catch the ferries to Boulogne, Ostend and beyond.
But the resort on the rise again. Public artworks and new restaurants have been installed. The long derelict Harbour Arm has been opened up again to provide food, drink and entertainment on its breezy walkway. Even the lighthouse at the end of the pier is now a champagne bar.
If you take the few short steps behind the lighthouse you are rewarded with views not only of the seafront towards Hythe and Sandgate to the west, but also towards the harbour, East Cliff, Warren and even Dover. And, on a clear day, you can see the outline of the French coast.
Much of the area around the harbour, Harbour Arm and railway station has been renovated and modernised in recent years as part of a much more ambitious redevelopment of the seafront. Plans for residential and leisure construction are currently the subject of scrutiny by both the local authority and community.