Naturist / Nudist Beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

Abbot's Cliff - near Folkestone Kent

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Long easy walk, or short steep descent down into the Warren, an under-cliff, to a hidden beach overlooking the Channel to France

20160812_142503 Ramp down to Abbots Cliff beach

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Ramp down to Abbots Cliff beach

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_142508 Looking back along the Warren's concrete promenande

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Looking back along the Warren's concrete promenande

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_142927 Abbots Cliff beach at low tide

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Abbots Cliff beach at low tide

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_143703 Abbots Cliff - Looking towards Samphire Hoe

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Abbots Cliff - Looking towards Samphire Hoe

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_143710 End of Abbots Cliff beach

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End of Abbots Cliff beach

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_143940 Abbots Cliff - route to Samphire Hoe

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Abbots Cliff - route to Samphire Hoe

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_144102 Abbots Cliff beach - pond behind the beach

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Abbots Cliff beach - pond behind the beach

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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The Warren at Abbot's Cliff is a long-established unofficial beach, midway between Folkestone and Dover. Though less popular than it once was, it is reportedly still used - mostly by local naturists.

Getting There

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The beach is between Samphire Hoe Country Park and 'The Warren' Country Park - an undercliff at the end of Folkestone's seafront. There are 3 ways of getting there

  • From Samphire Hoe Country Park (satnav: CT17 9FL, pay and display car parking). A short walk on shingle. May be cut off at high tide. Samphire Hoe was constructed from the 4.9 million cubic metres of chalk dug out of the Channel Tunnel and deposited below the famous White cliffs of Dover. It is accessible by the public via single track tunnel controlled by traffic lights which crosses over the Kent Coast railway line. Visitor facilities are provided including car-parking, toilets and a cafe. From here, walk west (facing the sea, turn right), and walk at the base of the cliffs.
  • From Folkestone (Satnav: CT19 6AT, Wear Bay Road) If you are prepared for a one-and-a-half-mile walk or cycle ride, continue from Folkestone Eastern Pleasure Beach to the end of the seafront. Leave the beach, and head up towards the Martello Tower, then down to the 'Warren' (signposted), and follow the concrete "promenade" to its end. Free on-street parking is possible near the Eastern Beach and there is a cliff-top paying car park (but this usually closes about 6pm - so check if you plan to stay late!). Note that the road (off Wear Bay Road) leading down to the warren and campsite is private.
  • From Capel-le-Ferne (Satnav: CT18 7HP) (by New Dover Road / Old Dover Road). Free parking. A safe but very steep path down the cliffs to the concrete promenade. And a very steep 500 feet back up! Path leaves the cliff top path just behind the trailer park. Turn left at the bottom, and walk for 5 mins

Description

The beach is made up of pebbles and shingle with high chalk cliffs. It is inadvisable to sit directly under them, since cliff falls are frequent. Bathing is possible at high tide, but there may be problems with rocks at low tide.

The anti nudity by-law applying to other beaches in the 'Borough of Folkestone' may not apply at The Warren, since there is a suggestion that the land in this area belongs to the railway authority - the Abbots Cliff railway tunnel runs through the chalk cliff immediately behind the beach and responsibility for the sea defences to protect this stretch from erosion seem to lie with the railways.

Abbot's Cliff is shingle, can be windswept and some people might find the very high cliff "backdrop" a bit intimidating. There are occasional falls of chalk! Although it is possible to park a car and gain access from Samphire Hoe (except at high tide!), an alternative way to get there is by walking along the sea wall from the Eastern Pleasure Beach off Wear Bay Road, Folkestone. It's a two-mile trek but remains accessible irrespective of tides.

Revised

Mar 2013

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20160812_142503 Ramp down to Abbots Cliff beach

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Ramp down to Abbots Cliff beach

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_142508 Looking back along the Warren's concrete promenande

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Looking back along the Warren's concrete promenande

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_142927 Abbots Cliff beach at low tide

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Abbots Cliff beach at low tide

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_143703 Abbots Cliff - Looking towards Samphire Hoe

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Abbots Cliff - Looking towards Samphire Hoe

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_143710 End of Abbots Cliff beach

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End of Abbots Cliff beach

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_143940 Abbots Cliff - route to Samphire Hoe

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Abbots Cliff - route to Samphire Hoe

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_144102 Abbots Cliff beach - pond behind the beach

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Abbots Cliff beach - pond behind the beach

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_144955 Abbots Cliff - sculpture / memorial

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Abbots Cliff - sculpture / memorial

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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20160812_150517 Folkestone Warren - end of the concrete promenade (with National Rail warning signs)

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Folkestone Warren - end of the concrete promenade (with National Rail warning signs)

12-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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