Farthing Common is an area of common land northwest of Folkestone in East Kent. It is one of the highest points of the North Downs at 185 metres above sea level and on a clear day enjoys far reaching views across Kent and the cliffs at Fairlight in Sussex and even the South Downs.
Farthing common lies on the junction with an ancient track way to the Elham valley and the Roman Road Stone street. Stone street originally ran from Portus Lemanis in West Hythe to the city of Canterbury.
There’s an ancient trackway known as Farthing Common that leads to the Elham valley that winds through the countryside of the Kent Downs. Ancient trackways would have been established by early humans as direct routes from place to place or to move livestock from one place to another. These were established and used for many years and over this time the trackways have developed into roads to accommodate modern traffic. The tracks would have originally followed natural contours in the landscape and would have provide links between settlements, fields and farms.
Farthing Common view point and car park
- Farthing Common is one of 12 viewpoints in partnership with Discovering Britain and the Kent Downs National Landscape: Making tracks