The Romney Marsh is a magical region of England in which to cycle with your family. Quite apart from being very flat, which makes the going easier, the quiet country lanes with numerous church towers dotting the wide open landscape makes this part of Kent ideal for getting on your bike and exploring.
The Romney Marsh Countryside Project lead free guided bike rides on the Romney Marsh throughout the year, details of these can be found in the Countryside Activities leaflet which is freely available or on their website www.rmcp.co.uk
Produced by the Romney Marsh Countryside Project is the award winning 'Romney Marsh Meanders' pack for cyclists.
This contains five self-guided cycle rides for both the novice or experienced cyclist and is illustrated by local artists. The cycle routes contained in the pack extend from 10 to 42 miles. Ride the quiet lanes of the Marsh 'On The Trail of Dr Syn' keeping an eye out for smugglers, or just take in the delights of the unique Marsh wildlife and learn about local Marsh legends.
The Romney Marsh Countryside Project has waymarked each of the five routes contained in the pack with brown and white arrowed discs with a number in the middle. These metal discs are to be found on wooden posts at the side of the road or on existing metal road signs. Follow the numbered arrow relevant to the cycle route you are following from the pack.
Each cycle route is numbered:
1 On the Trail of Doctor Syn
2 A Slow and Short Pedal on the Marsh
3 Sea of Change
4 Rural Rides
5 Fifteen Marsh Churches
Walking on the Romney Marsh creates a feeling of remoteness that is difficult to find elsewhere in South East England. The Romney Marsh has literally hundreds of miles of footpath which, together with quiet country lanes and bridleways, make it very easy to organise routes to walk that will suit you.
The Romney Marsh Countryside Project lead free guided walks on the Romney Marsh throughout the year, details of these can be found in the Countryside Activities leaflet which is freely available or on their website www.rmcp.co.uk
Whilst walking on the Marsh you will most certainly come across some of the wildlife unique to this part of the countryside. Be on the lookout for the Marsh Frogs and other wetland inhabitants such as dragonflies and reed warblers which bring the ditches alive during the summer.If you are very observant you may catch site of the shy water vole which is still common on the Romney Marsh but in decline across most parts of the United Kingdom. The Romney Marsh is also a popular haunt for bird watchers and most of the farmland bird species such as corn buntings, yellowhammers and skylark can be seen.
A walk on the Romney Marsh will reveal evidence of its long and fascinating history. You may discover one of the few remaining and unusual looker huts which once provided shelter for shepherds. In contrast you may find yourself following the route of an ancient sea wall, now located far inland and a reminder of the ever changing coastline in this part of the world.
The long history of conflict associated with the Romney Marsh is largely the result of its proximity to the continent. There is early evidence of Roman, Viking and Saxon invasions and settlements dating back to the third century AD. In the nineteenth century the Royal Military Canal was built along with a line of Martello Towers to protect against a Napoleonic invasion. All of the 28 miles of the canal is now open to walkers and provides an excellent long distance trail.
Tales of smuggling on the Marsh are commonplace. Whether they are about the notorious Hawkhurst Gang, or the fictional character Dr Syn, the fact and the fiction is often difficult to separate and as a result has provided inspiration to both authors and artists alike.
Produced by the Romney Marsh Countryside Project is the award winning walks pack has nine self guided walks of interest to both the novice and experienced country walker. The walks range from three to nine miles in length.
The Romney Marsh Countryside Project has waymarked each of these nine routes with green and yellow arrowed discs, yellow taped marker posts at stiles and bridges across large fields. They have also installed new oak posts at road junctions and provided new materials for stiles and kissing gates.
The Magic of the Romney Marsh walks pack and the Romney Marsh Meanders pack for cyclists cost ?3.95 each and are available from the RMCP at the address below (cheques payable to Dover District Council). They are also available at local Tourist Information Centres (New Romney or Folkestone) and New Romney and Hythe libraries.
If you have any comments or would like more information, please contact the Romney Marsh Countryside Project, Age Concern, Rolfe Lane, New Romney, Romney Marsh, Kent. TN28 8JR. Tel/Fax: - 01797 367934. e mail: email@example.com
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