17 Canterbury – Elham – Folkestone

Canterbury – Elham – Folkestone

Experience the enchanting and captivating 17 bus journey from Canterbury to Folkestone, which takes you through picturesque villages, undulating hills, rolling farmlands, charming cottages, ancient churches, lush meadows, and the vibrant coastal town of Folkestone, offering a delightful glimpse into rural Kentish life.

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No. of Attractions:

5 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour 3 minutes

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Starting point:

Canterbury Bus Station (Bay D1)

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Journey fact:

Canterbury Cathedral houses the oldest operating school in the world? The King's School, established in 597 AD, has been educating students continuously for over 1,400 years.

Journey Overview

The 17 bus from Canterbury to Folkestone is a wonderful experience that combines the Chaucerian charm of Canterbury with archetypal bliss of the Garden of England villages and the coastal vista that is Folkestone with its maritime heritage and upbeat harbour. It’s an enchanting corner of England and there’s no better way to cut right through the heart of it than on this captivating bus journey!

As the bus departs from Canterbury Bus Station, the picturesque scenery gradually unfolds, captivating customers. The bus passes the historic Bridge Arms and meanders towards Barham, where the landscape is of undulating hills and rolling farmlands. Fields of golden wheat sway gently in the breeze, interspersed with patches of vibrant wildflowers. The charming village of Elham appears next, with its half-timbered houses and quaint cottages, exuding a timeless charm transporting folk to a bygone era of yesteryear.

Continuing the journey, the bus passes through the picturesque village of Lyminge, where ancient church spires punctuate the skyline. Verdant woodlands and meandering streams paint a scene straight out of a postcard, evoking a sense of tranquility and harmony with nature.

The bus then traverses the scenic village of Etchinghill, with its views of the surrounding countryside. Lush meadows, dotted with grazing livestock. As the journey nears its end, the bus passes by Cheriton Post Office, and onwards to the final destination, Folkestone Bus Station, deep in the heart of the bustling coastal town with its renowned harbour.

This is a trip that weaves its way through the delightful tapestry of rural Kentish life, topped and tailed by the grand splendour of cultural hotspot Canterbury and famous Folkestone overlooking the English Channel.

A Fab Day Out!

A day out on the bus between Canterbury and Folkestone offers a delightful journey through picturesque landscapes and charming villages. Starting in Canterbury, a historic city known for its stunning cathedral and medieval charm, there are numerous attractions to explore. Begin your day by visiting Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and immerse yourself in its rich history and breathtaking architecture. Take a stroll through the cobbled streets of the city centre, lined with quaint shops, cafes, and traditional pubs. If you have a bit of time on your hands or a longer trip, then be sure, in the cricket season, to check out a few overs at the fabulous cricket ground, 10 minutes from the Bus Station and home to Kent CCC.

As you board the bus, the first stop on your itinerary is Kingston, a small village with a tranquil atmosphere. Enjoy a peaceful walk along the River Stour, admiring the idyllic surroundings and perhaps even indulge in a riverside picnic. Next, head to Barham, a charming village nestled amidst the Kentish Downs. Explore the village’s picturesque countryside, visit the historic Barham Court, and enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the local pubs.

Continuing your journey, you’ll arrive at Elham, a quintessential English village with charming thatched cottages and a delightful village square. Take a leisurely walk through the Elham Valley, known for its natural beauty, and discover the local flora and fauna. The village also offers a selection of quaint tearooms and pubs for a delightful lunch.

Next on the itinerary is Lyminge, a village steeped in history. Visit St. Mary’s Church, which dates back to the 7th century, and explore Lyminge Abbey, a site of significant archaeological importance. Take a peaceful stroll along the Lyminge Trail, surrounded by serene countryside and captivating wildlife.

As you approach Folkestone, make a stop at Etchinghill, a village nestled in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy a scenic walk or hike through the nearby woods, soak in the panoramic views, and revel in the tranquility of the countryside.

Finally, reach Cheriton, a suburb of Folkestone, where you can visit the Battle of Cheriton site, which marks a significant event in the English Civil War. Learn about the historical significance of the area and its impact on the conflict.

Conclude your day in Folkestone, a charming coastal town. Explore the vibrant Creative Quarter, known for its artistic vibe, independent shops, and galleries. Take a stroll along the picturesque harbour, enjoy a seafood meal at one of the local restaurants, and unwind on the sandy beaches.

Gateway to the 17:

By train on high speed services from London St. Pancras International to Canterbury East, which is 7 minutes walk to the Bus Station. Alternatively, from London Victoria to Canterbury East or London Charing Cross or Waterloo East to Canterbury West (and fascinating 25 minute walk through the City).

By Megabus from Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports to Canterbury Bus Station.

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Places to visit & things to do on this journey

Canterbury Cathedral

Cantebury shops



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Canterbury Bus Station

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