RHDR Railway Trails “ Explore the Marsh”

Hythe > Dymchurch

Distance: 6.4 miles
Duration: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

Points of interest: Picnic spots, sound mirror, sandy beach, dymchurch amusements, scenic country lanes, Royal Military canal, Stunning views across the Romney marsh

Attractions on route: Light railway Restaurant, Unit One and The Hatch, Boltolphs Bridge Inn, Lathe Barn, Cowzonee’s Pizzeria (Haguelands Farm), The Ship Inn, Beach 48,

Directions

  • Head west on National Cycle Route 2 along the Military Canal for about 2 miles
  • Stop off at Unit One (Hop Fuzz Brewery) and grab some food from The Hatch, a great little family friendly pub by the canal at West Hythe
  • Continue on towards Dymchurch by taking West Hythe Road south, which will take you past Botolphs Bridge pub then take the next left on to Donkey Street.
  • You will pass Lathe Barn Tea Shop on your right; a great 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 Dymchurch station that is just off Mill Road or head back by bike

Hythe > New Romney

Distance: 12.6 miles
Duration: 1hour – 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: Medium

Points of interest: Port Lympne Reserve, Dymchurch beach, , Dymchurch Martello Tower No.24, Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, Denge sound mirrors, Littlestone Beach

Attractions on route: Light railway Restaurant, Unit One and The Hatch, Boltolphs Bridge Inn, Lathe Barn, Shepherd crook, The plough inn and New Romney high-street

Directions

  • Head west on National Cycle Route 2 along the Military Canal 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.
  • Continue on towards Dymchurch on West Hythe Road south, which will take you past the Botolphs Bridge pub then take the next left on to Donkey Street.
  • You will pass Lathe Barn Tea Shop on your right, a great place to stop for tea and cake
  • Continue along Donkey Street until you reach Thorndike Road. Turn right to continue following national cycle route 2 round the country lane along the marsh
  • You will pass Martin Farm and shortly after that you will join St Mary Rd. Keep following St Mary Rd until you join Dymchurch Road (A259)
  • Keep heading west towards New Romney High St.
  • Turn left into Station Rd to find the station (TN28 8PL)

Hythe > Dungeness

Distance: 6.4 miles
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes – 2 hours
Difficulty: Medium to Hard

Points of interest: Victorian Fountain, St Mary’s Bay, littlestone gold club, The Varn Boat club, Dungeness life boat station, prospect cottage, Dungeness fish hut, The old lighthouse, Dungeness PowerStation, Dungeness national nature reserve, RSPB Dungeness

Attractions on route: Light railway Restaurant, Unit One and The Hatch, Boltolphs Bridge Inn, Lathe Barn, Cowzonee’s Pizzeria (Haguelands Farm), The Ship Inn, Beach 48, Sotrios, The Demetrios, The Jolly fisherman, Greatstone Fish Bar and restaurant, baking by the sea, The varn Fish Bar, The pilot inn, Britannia Inn

Directions

  • From Hythe, head west 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, cyclists 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,rustic and 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.
  • After about a mile, you will pass Lathe Barn Tea Shop on your right; a great little place to stop for tea and cake.
  • Continue along Donkey Street as far as Burmarsh Road leading into Dymchurch
  • Once in Dymchurch head up to the seafront and follow the coastal path west towards Littlestone.
  • You will pass Littlestone Golf course on your right and then will join Marine Parade.
  • Continue straight along the coastal road, following the signs to Dungeness, passing through Littlestone, Greatstone, Lydd- on- sea and on to the unique landscape of Dungeness