The village of Hawkinge is situated on the A260 main road between Folkestone and Canterbury, 3 miles to the North of Folkestone. Hawkinge, sitting on the escarpment of the North Downs, is surrounded by pretty open countryside with many walks and bridleways, the country lanes leading out of the village take you to some of the other villages in the Shepway area namely, Paddlesworth, Swingfield, Etchinghill, Lyminge, Elham, Alkham. Hawkinge is part of Shepway which is controlled by Shepway District Council with the English Channel forming its Southern boundary.
Formerly known as Uphill, the name Hawkinge is derived from the Anglo Saxon “Hawks” (the name of the owner) and “inge” meaning farm. Hence Hawk-inge. During the last war Hawkinge was a front line fighter station and the former Airfield is now being developed mainly for residential housing with some industrial usage to the far side of the intended development. There is a museum (The Battle of Britain Museum), dedicated to the airfield and surrounding areas which has its own website.
The village currently has:- A Primary school, two Doctors Surgeries, Chemists, Estate Agents, General Store, Newsagents and Post Office, Saddle Shop, Caravan Retailer, Chinese Takeaway, Fish and Chip Shop and Pub (The White Horse) as well as two local Garages. Several small businesses operate within the village principally at two locations along with a small NatWest bank in the centre of the village which opens Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings between 10am and 12.30pm. The former Hawkinge airfield, which is now being developed for residential housing has recently had a new larger (and second) Primary School built on part of it, a new village green and a new Village Community Centre to serve this expanding village. All main services are available.
Surrounding Towns .
Folkestone is 3 miles to the South and has all the usual main supermarkets, retail shopping outlets and pedestrian precincts associated with a seaside town. A pretty harbour area, pier and miles of beaches.
Local sports facilities include a dry ski slope, indoor swimming pool, sports hall, bowls, football grounds, playing fields as well as sailing, windsurfing and miles of beach are also to be found within the Folkestone area. Major employers in the Folkestone area are the Channel Tunnel in conjunction with Saga the over 50′s Holidays and associated services specialist company and ABC Travel Extras a rapidly expanding travel extras company.
Dover one of the five “Cinque” ports is approximately 9 miles and a 10 minutes drive to the East, a Historical Town with the Dover Castle, Napoleonic Workings and Wartime Tunnels being places of interest to visit. It is also one of the major UK cross channel ferry ports which in turn is another of the local major employers.
Canterbury is approximately 13 miles and a 20 minute drive to the North where a good selection of major retail outlets, shops and an excellent shopping precinct can be found as well as the famous Canterbury Cathedral and many other places of historical interest.
Good road and rail links serve the area with the M20 currently terminating at Folkestone at which point it becomes a dual carriageway to Dover. The M2 to the north of Canterbury is approximately a 30 minutes drive from Hawkinge as an alternative road link to London. There are good local bus links to all the above towns from Hawkinge with services running on average to Folkestone every hour with additional services during peak school term times.
A main line rail link to London from Folkestone Central (approximately 1hr. 20 minutes). Eurostar rail link connection at Ashford with direct connections to London and the Continent. (Approximately 15 minute drive from Hawkinge). The Channel Tunnel is situated to the West on the outskirts of Folkestone. (Approximately 5 minute drive from Hawkinge). Dover Harbour and Ferry port linking the UK with France. Cruise ships now operate from the Dover Harbour Western docks.
Hawkinge has its own newly built Primary school with several Secondary schools in Folkestone as well as separate Boys and Girls Grammar schools.