The 21st century art & architecture coastal trail,CHALKUP21, was imagined by Dover Arts Development to raise awareness  of the fine examples that have been built along the Strait of Dover this century many of which have received prestigious industry awards. CHALKUP21 links together 9 of these examples into a 17-mile Coastal Trail between Folkestone and Deal.

The CHALKUP21 structures are linked between Folkestone and Deal by two of the finest long-distance trails in England and Wales; North Downs Way and England Coast Path National Trail routes. These pass through the Kent Downs AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the chalk grassland of the North Downs escarpment and heritage coastline to the beach to Deal.

CHALKUP21 is focussed on contemporary architecture and aims to inspire a range of creative responses through videos, photographs, drawings and poetry. So whether you’re a creative person, an architect, or simply someone who likes a good long walk, CHALKUP21 aims to bring a newly developed awareness of the cultural spaces that surround us and form our communities. Be part of telling the story by using the #CHALKUP21 hashtag.

Click here to read Joanne O’Connor’s article in the Guardian.

Drawing of the 9 structures along the coast by Marcia Teusink. The rounded shape of the coastline used throughout this website is taken from Charles Holland’s design for the CHALKUP21 bronze plaques that have been affixed to all 9 structures along the trail.


CHALKUP21 & COVID19 // The CHALKUP21 Trail is open for you to enjoy when the COVID19 restrictions allow you to do so.

PARTNERS // Let's keep CHALKUP21 going from strength to strength. Download an Info Sheet with details on how to build on the success of the trail as a cultural tourism attraction and guidance on what to look out for in your future marketing approaches.
Download Info Sheet for Partners (PDF File)

View Trail Map

Special Trail Tips here

Please note: As good mobile coverage is not always guaranteed along the trail, we recommend making use of an Ordnance Survey map, an up-to-date GPS device or making sure you can refer to a map offline on your mobile device.

Thank you

Congratulations to all those, that chose and commissioned the architects for the CHALKUP21 structures, for their vision and ambition in making this 21st-century heritage. CHALKUP21 celebrates the architects and the service staff and organisations who look after these nine 21st-century structures and continue to breathe life into them.

CHALKUP21 has been awarded funding from Arts Council England and from local partners: National Trails, Kent County Council Arts Investment Fund, Dover Big Local, The Bay Trust, Eurotunnel, Dover Town Council, Kent County Council Members Grant and the White Cliffs Countryside Tourism Alliance to develop the project with additional support from The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, The National Trust, The Port of Dover, The Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, Dover District Council, and Southeastern Railway.

Website designed by Edda Salander-Jones,
built by Wesley Burden at Nebulo Design

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