Royal Military Canal

Royal Military Canal from Port Lympne Zoo © Ian Capper
The Royal Military Canal near Marwood Farm © Jacqui Sadler
Royal Military Canal, Cliff End © Glyn Baker

The Royal Military Canal stretches for 28 miles hugging the old cliff line that borders the Romney Marsh from Hythe in the north east to Cliff End in the south west. It was built as a third line of defence against Napoleon, after the British Royal Navy patrolling the English Channel and the line of 74 Martello Towers built along the south coast.

Today the full length of the canal has a public footpath along it and makes an excellent waymarked long distance trail with numerous interpretation panels. The canal is also a haven for some of the special wildlife of the Romney Marsh, Kingfishers can be regularly seen and during the summer months the canal comes alive with patrolling dragonflies and noisy Marsh Frogs.

Sussex Cottages

Beautiful Sussex holiday cottages and self-catering accommodation perfectly located for walking and cycling the trails of this unique county