Dover Arts Development’s CHALKUP21 project is a 21st century architectural coastal trail that aspires to raise awareness and appreciation of contemporary coastal art and architecture along the Strait of Dover.

Already this century, there have been some fine examples built along the Strait, 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 will be affixed to all 9 structures along the trail.


EXHIBITION // During September 2018 there will be an Exhibition of drawings from the CHALKUP21 drawing workshops at the Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Over the course of the project, Marcia Teusink has led on-site drawing workshops along the trail at the nine structures.
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DRAWING WORKSHOP // Marcia Teusink's final drawing workshop on September 29th is now open for booking. The sixth workshop will take place on Deal Pier, exploring the café building designed by Niall McLaughlin architects in 2008.
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Architecture-on-Sea: An Evening of Buildings, Stories and the Seaside // On the evening of the 29th September, there will be an architecture-focused celebration, marking the installation of the final CHALKUP21 trail plaque on the Deal Pier Café. Speakers will include architect Charles Holland and writer Travis Elborough.
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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.