Napoleonic Military Canal Trails

WEST: Hythe > West Hythe Dam

Distance 2.4 Miles each way
Duration: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Points of interest: The Roughs, Unit One, the Hatch, West Hythe Dam, nice picnic spots, Port Lympne Reserve.


  • Head west out of Hythe on National cycle route 2 along the military canal path for about 2.5 miles.
  • (The Royal military road is a public bridleway, for the use of pedestrians, cyclist and horse riders, so please use due care and attention at all times.)
  • When you reach West Hythe Road, head south across the bridge toward Dymchcurch,
  • On the left just after the bridge is where you will find Unit One (Hopfuzz Brewery) and the Hatch, which is a great little family friendly pub on the banks of the canal.
  • If you continue south along West Hythe Road for Dymchurch, you will pass Botolphs Bridge Pub, then take the next left on to Donkey Street.
  • You will pass Lathe Barn Tea Shop on your right; a great little place to stop for tea and cake.
  • Continue along Donkey Street and you will join Burmarsh Road leading into Dymchurch
  • Once in Dymchurch, why not make your way to the beach, amusements or treat yourself to an ice cream?
  • When you’re ready to head back, you can either jump on the train with your bike from the RHDR Dymchurch station that is just off Mill Road (TN29 OPJ) or head back by bike

EAST: Hythe > Seabrook Point

Distance: 2.2 miles each way
Duration: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Points of interest: Hythe High St, Canal, Oaklands park and bandstand, St Leonard’s Church and Ossuary, rowing boats, Hythe Cricket Club, public tennis courts and bowling green.


  • Pick up a bike from The Stade Court Hotel, or the RHD Light Railway
  • Head east, along the canal path, joining National Cycle Route 2 which runs along the north side of the canal.
  • At the bridge by the boat hire and cricket club, either drop down to Ladies Walk towards the promenade on the sea front
  • Or stay by the canal as far as the end at Seabrook Point