Cycling on Romney Marsh
‘The Cinque Ports Cycleway’ is the name given to our ambitious vision for a cycle route that will connect the historic Cinque Ports along the south coast of Kent.
Phase 5 Palmarsh to Dymchurch Redoubt
In 2020 DfT created an Active Travel Fund to enable councils to provide improved walking and cycling facilities. The scheme will create a safe and attractive 1.5-kilometre-long cycle route along the A259 between Palmarsh and Dymchurch Redoubt, providing a missing link in the Cinque Ports Cycleway. The new route will provide access to railway stations, schools and residential areas to the north and south. It will also enable leisure trips and provide an active travel option for the new housing at the Martello Lakes site.
Construction on Part 1 on the Dymchurch Road from the junction with Nickolls Road up to the start of The Redoubt is planned to start on the 15 November for 20 weeks. KCC is hoping to construct Part 2, around The Redoubt in 2022 once a land agreement has been confirmed.
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They also publish a pack of self-guided cycle rides around Romney Marsh, for both the wobbly novice or experienced cyclist. Beautifully illustrated by local artists the cycle routes range from 10 to 42 miles. You can pedal the quiet lanes of the Marsh On The Trail of Dr Syn keeping an eye out for smugglers, or experience the delights of the unique Marsh wildlife and learn about local Marsh legends. The Romney Marsh Meanders cycle pack has five self guided cycle routes around the flat, peaceful lanes of the Romney Marsh. The RMCP has waymarked each of the five routes with brown and white arrowed discs with a number in the middle. These metal discs are on oak wooden posts on the sides of the road or on existing metal road signs. Follow the numbered arrows which is relevant to the cycle route you are doing.
The pack can be obtained either from the RMCP or the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre.
The RMCP has installed a total of 32 cycle stands at various locations within the Romney Marsh area to complement the existing cycling infrastructure. The stands themselves have been designed to be sympathetic to the rural character of the Marsh landscape with oak uprights spanned by galvanised steel rails. Each stand carries a “Romney Marsh Cycle Stand” reflective logo.
Every year the RMCP and Shepway District Council organise the ‘Shepway Cyclethon’. This date is now firmly established in the calender with more than 200 cyclists of all ages coming together on a Sunday in June to cycle a route around the Marsh landscape. Everyone who joins in gets a free t-shirt and a free snack on return to the start at St Martins Field, New Romney. Drinks are also provided by Lathe Barn tea rooms at half-distance. If you’ve not taken part in the Cyclethon before, why not come and join us this year and discover the unique character and beauty of the Romney Marsh for yourself.
Enjoy a circular cycle tour of Romney Marsh, taking in a number of interesting places on the Marsh. See map, to the right. See a larger version of the map via the link below.
The suggested starting point is New Romney, although the route can also be joined at Snargate if arriving by train at Appledore Station on the Ashford - Hastings line.
Snargate is a mile and a half or so from the station along the B2080 in the New Romney direction. New Romney is served by bus services which operate most days - see Plan Your Visit.
Bikes are available to hire - see Bicycle Hire.
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Circular Cycle Tour of Romney Marsh
There are fourteen Historic Churches on Romney Marsh and following the map below will take you to all of them.
The National Cycling Route 2 runs right across Romney Marsh, from Hythe in the north east to Rye in the south west. From Hythe the route moves a few miles inland taking quiet country lanes through the picturesque villages of Romney Marsh including Burmarsh and Old Romney.
After passing the historic town of Lydd, it’s back onto a traffic-free cycle path most of the way into Rye, rejoining the road only at Camber.
For an alternative route between Hythe and Old Romney, take the A259 out of Hythe. After a couple of miles or so the road rejoins the coast and from here you can follow the seawall along the beachfront through Dymchurch and on to Littlestone.
Head inland, passing New Romney, to join National Route 2 at Old Romney.
National Cycle Route 2
The Royal Military Canal offers a variety of cycle routes so you can chose from a 4.2mile (7.6km), mainly of off-road ride following the banks for the tranquil canal or extend your route to 13 miles(20.9km) taking in some of the scenery of Romney Marsh.
Download guide for this route ( 1.8MB)
A circulat tour of just over 22 miles through the Romney Marsh countryside and coast road, taking in the viilages of Ivychurch, Newchurch, West Hythe and Dymchurch and the town of New Romney.
You can view an interactive map here.
You can explore St Mary in the Marsh, Ivychurch, and Old Romney accompanied by an audio trail. Enjoy this unique landscape through the eyes of those who have described, painted, filmed, written poetry, and explored Romney Marsh with such detail.
The trail can be short ambles around the churchyards to full-scale rambles across the marsh. Drive, cycle or walk, you choose.
For optimum listening experience, download the audio and find some headphones before you set off, so it’s ready for you to enjoy when you arrive at your destination.
You can find out more about the trails and download the accompanying audios from the Art in Romney Marsh Website.
You can hire bicycles from Romney Cycles in New Romney. They keep a good range of men's, women's and BMX bikes, all new or nearly new and good quality brands such as Claud Butler and Falcon.
Hire charges vary from £15 for a day to £45 for five days See Bike Hire Charges .
They are open 7 days a week, 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
For further information, please visit the Romney Cycles website or contact Romney Cycles 01797 362155.
Channel Bike Hire
Enjoy the coast and country of Romney Marsh with bikes delivered free of charge and the same day. All bikes serviced and tracked.
Hire charges are £15 per day for adults and £10 per day for chilfrdn. There is a discount for group and weekly hire.
They are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday by appointment.
For further information, please vsite the Channel Bike Hire website or contact Channel Bike Hire 07583 401636.
You can hire Ebikes from the UK Electric Bike Centre on the seafront in Dymchurch. They are located at the top of the car park by the Ocean Inn on the seawall. Location Map
The Electric Bicycles are comfortable and reliable and have a large battery range of up to 60miles.
The UK Electric Bike Centre will be pleased to help you plan your adventure and can advise on the best routes and the likely distance you will be able to travel comfortably in a day on an electric bike. They provide maps and guidance of where to go and what to do.
Hire times can be very flexible but typical hires are from 10 am - 4 pm, Please note that if late, there will be a charge of £10 per 15 minutes late per bike after 5.15 pm. Half-day hire is also available.
For further information, please visit UK Electric Bike Centre or contact them 07934 594498.