Plovers - Dungeness and Romney Marsh Bird Tours and B&B
Out and About
Although a part of Kent Romney Marsh is a land unto itself and was previously referred to by historians as a separate continent due to its unique topography. These 100 square miles of low-lying land are fringed to the north by the Royal Military Canal , which runs 23 miles between Shorncliffe and Hythe. Along with the Martello Towers it was constructed as a defence against Napoleonic invasion. Much of the area has now been drained for farmland and includes grazing pasture for flocks of the distinctive Romney Sheep.
On the coast the Dungeness peninsular is quite unlike anywhere else in Britain . It comprises one of the largest areas of shingle on Earth and because of the tidal action `grows` by 20 foot each year. It is often referred to as a desert, due in part to the low levels of rainfall, and as a result has a unique flora and fauna.
Today there is much to see and do for a wide range of visitors across the region. The sandy beaches and shingle banks attract holidaymakers and fishermen respectively while the nationally important RSPB bird reserve at Dungeness retains a peaceful tranquillity. Villages across the marsh are linked by a network of lanes and regional cycle paths; the route between Lydd and Brookland is highly recommended as it takes in the Woolpack, a noted real ale pub and previously infamous for its past connection with smuggling.
Romney-Hythe-Dymchurch steam railway opened in 1927 © Paul Trodd
The globally famous Romney-Hythe-Dymchurch steam railway opened in 1927 as the “worlds smallest public railway” and operates throughout the year on just over 13 miles of track from Hythe to the Britannia pub at Dungeness and the nearby lighthouses and Lifeboat Station.
The ancient Cinque Port of New Romney is the capital of the Marsh and includes a wide range of facilities from shops, pubs and restaurants. There is also a Tourist Information Centre near the church.
Cottages on the shingle at Dungeness Peninsula . © Paul Trodd
Pat and Paul Trodd
Plovers, 1 Toby Road, Lydd-on-Sea
Romney Marsh, Kent TN29 9PG
Phone 01797 366935 & 07920 197535
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