Walk 84: Hythe, Royal Military Canal,
Romney Marsh and Dymchurch
Distance: 12.8 Miles (6 Hours) circular or
7 Miles (3.5 Hours) and a bus or train ride back from Dymchurch
OS Map: Explorer 138 (Start at grid
at the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway station in Scanlons
Bridge Road, Hythe.
Take the footpath between the station and
the south bank of the Canal. After
1 mile cross at a footbridge over the Canal try out the model of the
“Listening Ears”, an early form of radar.
(Point A) Continue along the north bank and after 1 mile cross
West Hythe Road and choose either the high level footpath or the wider
bridle path. Look up to the right and see the ruined Roman Stutfall Castle,
Point B, and mediaeval Lympne Castle high on the hill.
Further along, you may see exotic animals behind the fences of
the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. At Aldergate Bridge at the end of
the zoo fencing (the 3.5-mile Point
C), turn left down the lane to Lower Wall Road.
Turn left for 100 yards, then cross to a bridleway beside a canal
across fields; follow signs to the right of Abbott’s Court farm then
turn sharp left at the end of a paddock.
At the road, turn right along Shear Way into Burmarsh past the Shepherd
and Crook pub. Turn left at the pub, then cross the road and turn
right into The Green. A path 2nd left leads into fields; the
next part is tricky – you may have to go round field edges! Stay
right of a pillbox then left over a bridge, right on the southbound path
then cross another stile and bridge; follow the line of electricity
poles to a bridge, bear slightly right to a marker, then slightly left
across to a series of 2 bridges. Bear
right through a hedge across to a sheepfold and the RHDR line to reach
Dymchurch Primary School. Go left into New Hall Close, on to the main
A259 road and turn right for Dymchurch town Point
D. Plenty of pubs, cafes, toilets, shops and a seaside funfair.
You have walked about 7 miles – if this is enough, there
are plenty of buses, or for a rare treat, catch the famous miniature
steam-driven RHDR train to take you back to Hythe.
If you have energy left, walk east along
the sea wall to a Martello Tower. Leave
the wall, cross back over the A259 and turn right.
Take the left turn marked Tower Estate and walk to the end.
Turn left across a bridge and through a farm gate.
Keep right of the farm bungalow and straight across a paddock to
a bridge on the right over a stream. The path leads diagonally ahead
over fields to a 4-bar gate and back across the railway line; keep right
of the sewage works. Follow
the stiles/gates through several fields, keeping a canal on the right,
then over a stile to Lower Wall Road just left of Botolph’s Bridge
Inn. Turn right and cross over the crossroads. After a few yards, climb
a stile on the right into pasture; spot
the tin wagon; then follow the hedge until it turns to the left.
You now bear right, crossing a canal down towards Nicholl’s
Quarry Lake, watch the dinghies
sailing on the lake, (Point E),
and follow the railway line into a housing estate, the village of
Palmarsh. Thread up left
through the estate and on to the Burmarsh Road.
Cross over and turn right; there are many gaps in the hedge to
take you back onto the path beside the Canal leading to the station.
This walk was
originally published on a calendar produced by White Cliffs Group.
Thanks to Rhona Hodges for originally devising this route, Rob
Riddle for the photograph of Quarry Lake, Diana Blackwell for checking the directions
and Andrew Boultbee for the idea.
Points of Interest
A “Listening Ears” model at Palmarsh
B Stutfall Castle
C Zoo Park Western Boundary
D Dymchurch – “Children’s
E Nicholls Quarry Lake
F Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
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