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“Wildlife on the water”

Royal Military Canal
Ranked #391 of 943 things to do in Kent
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

A trip along the Royal Military Canal at Hythe by battery-powered boat is a treat. The silent, fume-free transport ensures you have a restful time on the water, ably guided by the skipper, who alerts you to rare glimpses of wildlife.

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Reviewed 12 July 2013

I walked the canal with friends and their dog over 3 days. It is 28 miles long so appx. 9 miles a day. Two cars; left one at the 9 mile end point for that day - and drove to the starting point for that day - plus a b&b along the route that allowed dogs (Cliff Farm B & B at Iden). It worked well. The canal was beautiful - full of lily pads, frogs, swans and ducks. There was very little boat traffic - just the occassional one - so it was very peaceful. Most of the footpath was easy going and flat. The only drawback was along some stretches sheep or cows were grazing by the footpath which meant having the dog on the lead - or following a less well trodden footpath, which led us to fighting our way through tall grass and nettles...not so easy going. All in all, though, I had a lovely time. I dont walk 9 miles regularly and was pleasantly surprised that I made it - in reasonable time each day - and felt fitter by the end! (there were some nice pubs around for evening meals too!).

2  Thank Deal_Kent_EnglandSoo
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

The Military canal path is great for cycling, (and walking). We have made use of it a number of times. (Most recently at the May half term.) We camp at a site on Romney Marsh and then have taken journeys of various distances. From the campsite we have picked up the path at Aldergate Road and then followed it along the bottom of Port Lympne Animal Park and into Hythe and continued up to the sea front - having stopped for fish and chips at the excellent cafe /take away in Park Road. If we have our 8 and 7 year old grandchildren with us, we quite often park at the bottom of Lympne Hill and cycle into Hythe from there.

Another time you can continue along the sea front till you meet the beginning of the canal (at the junction with Seabrook Road) and then cycle back along the canal path away from the sea front and along by the golf course.

If you are feeling really energetic you can cycle all the way into Folkestone along the sea wall, only a few hundred metres are on the road and most people cycle on the pavement at that point.

It is a nice safe flat path that makes cycling fun for all the family.

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Reviewed 11 April 2013

Like a previous reviewer, we started in Hythe then went West. Basically to cycle the canal, follow National Cycle Route 2 signs.

The cycle route along the canal is flat and well paved. The cycle path is separate from the footpath, however many walkers and runners use the cycle path as it is better paved, and especially would be better if wet.

From Hythe, you are only allowed to cycle along the canal as far as Aldergate Bridge, which is around 6 miles, so 12 miles if you make it a round trip. It's a really nice cycle, quiet and off road, with views of the downs and Port Lympne wildlife park (keep an eye open for wildlife). There are also plenty of stopping places with picnic benches and cycle racks. The only slight negative is that the path is lower than the canal, so you don't get a great view of the canal for most of the time.

If you want to make a longer route of it, then at Aldergate Bridge, you can continue on route 2 along quiet country lanes (also flat) to St Mary's Bay and then come back along the sea front (with a cut back to the canal at West Hythe when you get as far as the firing range).

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Reviewed 22 April 2009

We cycled from the Light Railway station in Hythe (Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway) eastwards past West Hythe and to the dam and back, all together, about 7 miles. There is a car park at the station or free on-street parking in the vicinity.

One of my daughters is 6 and has just learned to ride without stabilisers so this was an ideal location. The cycle path is wide, in good condition, flat and far enough away from the water to be safe. The distance we covered is testament to the quality of the path; normally we don't do anything close to 7 miles!

There are several picnic areas and seats along the way and enough wildlife to keep children interested. The ruins of the Roman Lympne Castle are visible just north of the canal near the dam.

The path is quite popular and we passed several other families on the way. The canal stretches for 28 miles so there is scope for a much longer ride if you are motivated.

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