Romney Marsh is known for its natural beauty, diverse habitat and rich history. There’s miles of unspoilt countryside, beaches, and wetlands to be explored. Dubbed the ‘fifth continent’ in recognition of its uniqueness, Romney Marsh is famed for its expanse of beautiful fields, with sheep, historic churches, the Royal Military Canal, sweeping skies and sense of solitude.
There's lots to experience on Romney Marsh. You can trek with Alpacas at Alpaca Annie; sample the thrills of water sports at the Action Water Sports Centre, where you can try your hand at wake-boarding, water-skiing or even fly-boarding! Enjoy a spot of golf at the Littlestone Golf Club; or try of a touch of karting at the Lydd Karting Circuit - the largest karting circuit in the South East.
Getting around is convenient with the use of the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, with stations at Hythe, Dymchurch, St Mary’s Bay, New Romney, Romney Sands and Dungeness. The Romney Marsh Visitor Centre is a great hub of information on how to explore the area and make the most of your time here.
However you choose to explore the Romney Marsh, you will encounter a unique wilderness and a rare beauty in the Garden of England.
Once a thriving port, New Romney is now a mile from the sea and regarded by many as the unofficial 'capital' of the Marsh. Its High Street is home to a host of quirky independent shops, while there are plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants for when you need a break. St Nicholas Church once stood on the harbourside and is well worth a visit, while visitors can also see former almshouses founded in 1610 and the ruins of St John's Priory, founded in the 13th Century.
Dymchurch is a popular seaside resort, with extensive sandy beaches, a popular family funfair with rides for kids; as well as cafés, restaurants, tea rooms and pubs. Dig deeper and you will uncover a fascinating history including one of the country's best preserved Martello Towers, and tales of smugglers. The area was the setting for the Dr Syn novels by Russell Thorndike - a fact that is celebrated by the Day of Syn festival every other year.
Greatstone is home to a fabulous sandy beach stretching for more than two miles - another hidden gem in this beautiful part of Kent. Here, you will also find the sound mirrors, which are large concrete structures designed as an early warning system for Britain to detect enemy aircraft. The lakes of Greatstone are also part of the RSPB Nature Reserve.
Nearby Littlestone, home to a shingle beach, with nearby grassland perfect for picnics and family time, is also backed with multi-coloured beach and fisherman’s huts.
Dungeness, a headland on the south coast of Kent, consists largely of a shingle beach in the form of a cuspate foreland. Home to lighthouses, an eccentric collection of fishing boats and the RSPB Nature Reserve, set back from sea, this location boasts mile after mile of open shingle, fresh water pits, wet grassland and stunning wildflower meadows.