Walks and Walking on Romney Marsh

The Romney Marsh is an excellent place to explore on foot, given its flat and unique landscape, and there are plenty of places to walk, in the countryside, on the Romney Marsh coast and in the towns and villages.

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Online Maps for Walking

You can view online and print Ordnance Survey maps showing public footpaths, cycle paths, bridleways and other rights of way; for walking, cycling, and outdoor activities. Just go to Footpaths Maps and enter the place or postcode of the area you wish to walk.

Appropriate postcodes are given below. To see the footpaths, shown as red dashes, zoom out (-) to level 7 or 8.

Brookland   TN29 9RG          Lydd   TN29 9AJ
Burmash   TN29 0JJ             New Romney   TN28 8BW
Dungeness   TN 9NB            Newchurch   TN29 0DP  
Dymchurch   TN 29 0NH       Old Romney   TN29 9SQ
Greatstone    TN 28 8SZ       Snargate    TN29 9UQ 
Ivychurch     TN29 0AL          St Mary's Bay    TN29 0SA
Littlestone     TN28 8LS         St Mary in the Marsh    TN29 0BX


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Brenzett & Snargate


A walk through the Romney Marsh countryside, from St Eanswith Church in Brenzett to St Dunstan Church in Snargate.
You can visit the historic medieval churches and have refreshment in the Red Lion, an unspoilt, multi-room 16th century smugglers pub.
Approximately 2.7 miles over flat terrain.

pdf Icon Route and Walk Details
Map Icon Map of Route

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Coast Path

The coastline of Romney Marsh extends from Hythe round Dungeness Point, some 20 miles of coastline. For the first time people have the right of access around all our open coast, including – where appropriate – ‘spreading room’ along the way where you will be able to rest, relax or admire the view. 

The new path along the Romney Marsh coast forms part of the England Coast Path and generally follows the coast with the exception of diversions inland to avoid the Lydd and Hythe Army ranges. 

There are also minor diversions at Dungeness, in order to protect the shingle vegetation, and Greatstone, to avoid exceptionally high tides.

You can find out more on our England Coast Path page

Coastal Path
Proposed Coastal Path (September 2014)

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There many areas to walk on Dungeness National Nature Reserve and a good place to start is at the car park just opposite The Old Lighthouse and RH&DR station.

From the car park walk northwards away from the lighthouse. There are a number of footpaths that you can follow, providing short, medium and long walks. For a walk of about 1½-2 hours continue walking south until you almost reach Dungeness Road [running south east to north west] turn left and make your way westward until you reach the lakes, turn right and then return southwards back to the car park.

Other Dungeness walks are:

pdf Icon Dungeness Trail - taking in the Old Lighthouse, shacks and railway carriages on beach and Derek Jarman's Prospect Cottage
pdf Icon Dungeness Walk by Lou Johnson - a 7 mile walk taking in the RSBP Reserve and the Old Lighthouse.
Website Icon RSP Dungeness Nature Reserve Circular Walk 
RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve Circular Walk - an approximate 2 mile loop trail located on the reserve that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching.

NB Some of the walks will be on shingle.



View from the Car Park
View from the car park at Dungeness

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Greatstone Dunes

Adjacent to the beach and sea, the dunes at Greatstone, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, provide walks amongst the flora and fauna, including some rare species, of this part of the coast.

You can start your walk from either of the two public car parks in Greatstone, in Coast Drive opposite to Clark Road and in The Parade, with its entrance opposite to the Post Office 
From the Coast Drive car park, walk south past the lifeboat station for access to the dunes. From The Parade car park, take the north footpath to the beach, turn left (north) and the dunes are a couple of hundred yards on the left.

For more information and the sand dunes, please visit our Greatstone Sand Dunes page.

Greatstone Dunes
Greatstone Dunes

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Greatstone Lakes

This is a walk of just over 2 miles (there and back) alongside Greatstone Lakes, following the track of the now disappeared Southern Region railway line.

You start the walk at the west end of Taylor Road in Lydd-on-Sea. There is a car park at the east(sea) end of Taylor Road and the 102 bus route has stops there. From the west end of Taylor Road, continue westwards across the shingle until you meet the footpath on what used to be the old railway track. From here, turn north and the walk takes you alongside both the south and north Greatstone Lakes

You can see the three Sound Mirrors on the opposite side of the south lake. You can get a closer view of the mirrors by turning northwards, following the sign postfor the mirrors, along a shingle path which runs between the two lakes.

Walking north with the lakes on the left
Walking north with the lakes on the left

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Hythe, Romney Marsh & Dymchurch Walk

This is a circular walk of just over 10 miles (about 5 hours) which starts and ends at the Royal Military Canal at Hythe. The walk can be shorted to 6 miles (3 hours) by taking the bus or train (RH&DR) back from Dymchurch to Hythe.

The walk follows the route of the military canal westward as far as Aldergate Bridge, where you turn southwards through Burmarsh to Dymchurch
The return route is along the Dymchurch Wall, passing the Martello Towers before taking the road northwards to Botolps Bridge. At the bridge you turn eastwards back to Hythe, passing the Nicholl’s Quarry Lake.

Refreshment on the way can be had at the Shepherd and Crook in Burmarsh, pubs etc in Dymchurch and Botolp's Bridge Inn.

OS Map: Explorer 138 (Start at grid reference TR154347)

You can get full details of the walk and a larger scale map at the Kent Ramblers website.

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Walk taken from Kent Dog Friendly Pub Walks 2019: 20 Dog Walks

Starting at The Bell Inn, you'll discover a proper community pub which has won many CAMRA awards.

St George Church forms an impressive backdrop to the large and well cared for beer garden. Dogs are welcomed inside on the tiled area provided they don’t get on the furniture.

How to get there: From the M20 Junction 10 follow the signs for the A2070 and Brenzett. Once the A2070 has dropped onto the Romney Marsh after Ham Street, follow the sign left for Ivychurch.

The Bell pub is on the left-hand side as you enter the village. Sat Nav TN29 0AN.

Terrain: Although totally flat the paths can be indistinct in places and very uneven, making this a surprisingly challenging walk. Recommended only for fitter dogs and owners. Not suitable for small dogs. Some of the paths are rarely used, one of the attractions of this walk, so be prepared for some vegetation encroachment in summer.

There is a little road walking to start, and a stretch along a very empty lane towards the end.

Map of Ivychurch Walk

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Ivychurch & Old Romney

This walk of about 3 miles (1½hours) starts and finishes in Ivychurch. With St George Church on your left, walk along the road, pass the phone box, then take the footpath on the right. Go diagonally left across this field - keeping the mast on your right. Walk around the edge of the next field, cross over a bridge and continue until you reach Yoakes Lane. At the lane, turn right and follow it all the way to Old Romney

At Old Romney you come to the busy main road (A259), turn left here and walk down, before turning left again into Five Vents Lane, with St Clement Church on your right as you turn into the lane. 

There is now a choice of routes. You can follow Five Vents Lane all the way back to Ivychurch, or go up the lane, walk around a curved medieval moat and follow the ditch, walking around the field edges and crossing two bridges, to arrive back at Yoakes Lane. You can retrace your steps to reach the village, or turn right and continue along Yoakes Lane to the main road. When you reach the road, turn left and walk back to the Bell Inn and your starting point.

OS Map: Explorer 138 (Start at grid reference TR 028277)

You can get full details of the walk and a larger scale map at the AA website.

Map of Ivychurch Walk

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Romney Warren Country Park

The Romney Warren Country Park, with the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, is located to just north of New Romney on the A259 Dymchurch Road. location map.
Romney Warren Country Park is a natural wooded oasis for insects, wildflowers and small animals set in 11 hectares of unspoiled dune grassland, willow scrub and ponds rich in wildlife, all of which can be explored via its three walking trails.

There are three walking trails - Dragonfly, Rabbit and Sheep - which start from the Visitor Centre. The Dragonfly Trail (red on the picture), 0.2 mile, is fully accessible for all users including wheelchairs. The Rabbit Trail (blue on the picture), 0.4mile, is not suitable for wheelchairs because of the soft sandy soil. The Sheep Trail (white on the picture) is about 1 mile.

Country Park Map
Download the Romney Warren Country Park leaflet, which includes the map above.

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Royal Military Canal

There are numerous public footpaths that cover the Marsh. One of the most attractive walking areas is alongside the Royal Military Canal. The Royal Military Canal is a canal running for 28 miles (45 km) between Seabrook near Folkestone in the north east  and Cliff End near Hastings in the south west, following the old cliff line bordering Romney Marsh.

The Royal Military Canal Path runs along the entire length of the Royal Military Canal from Seabrook, Kent to Cliff End in East Sussex. The route treads a path between the vast openness of the Romney Marsh and the old cliff line with its wooded hills and quiet villages.Walking along the quiet canal banks today it is easy to forget that this was once the scene of intense military activity. Now, much of the drama on the canal comes from the variety of wildlife that has made the canal its home.

Many public footpaths link to the Royal Military Canal Path, so it is easy to plan circular routes that take in sections of the canal. For those who prefer to stay close to the water, you can walk the length of the canal in stages.

Royal Military Canal

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Salt Audio Trails

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.

Salt Audio Trail

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Shingle Trail

The Dungeness National Nature Reserve provides a completely different walking experience, with its wide open spaces and shingle banks.

The Greatstone Shingle Trail is a short walk that takes you along the tideline on Greatstone beach towards Greatstone car park, then across to a small part of the Dungeness National Nature Reserve, before coming back along part of the beach.

You can get full details of the walk and a larger scale map at the Shingle Trail web page.


Shingle Trail

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Town Trails

Discover the stories of the ancient Romney Marsh towns of Lydd and New Romney by following their Town Trails. Each walk lasts about 30 minutes and take in some of the historical stories of each town.
Just click on the links below for full information about each of the two trails, including maps.

 Website Icon Lydd Town Trail       
 Website Icon New Romney Town Trail

New Romney History Walk

Discover more about the town of New Romney and its unique Norman history by following a pdf Icon Norman Walk in New Romney.

Guided Walk of Lydd

Guided walks of Lydd explaning its history take place on Wednesdays in August and September 2016. Find out more