Cycling on Romney Marsh
The Romney Marsh is an excellent place to explore by bicycle, given it's flat and unique landscape, and there are plenty of places to cycle in the countryside and on the Romney Marsh coast.
The RMCP carry out numerous free guided cycling events during the course of the year. Please visit the RMCP Notice Board to find out about current cycling events.
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
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.
Fact or Fiction Tours offers cycling tours of the of Romney Marsh with Blue Badge Guide Sue Duckwoth. Discover stories of smuggling and scarecrows and see some fabulous churches on a 13 mile leisurely tour around the Marsh’s quiet lanes in flat countryside.
You can hire bicycles from Romney Cycles in New Romney. They keeps 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.