Romney Marsh The Fifth Continent is known for its natural beauty, the diversity of its habitats, rich history, extensive coastline and its sheep.
With much to see and do, excellent accommodation, outstanding attractions, fine food, and drink, varied walking routes and many sandy beaches, Romney Marsh is an ideal place to visit, explore and enjoy. Find out more
You will only find these on Romney Marsh
Three Types of Sound Mirrors
The Largest Shingle Foreland in Britain
Martello Tower as it was in Napoleonic times
Fourteen Medieval Churches
Sussex Emerald Moth
‘the best known Sheep
in the world’
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Dymchurch Historic Buildings scroll right and left and click on a picture to see it enlarged in a slideshow
Dymchurch: Sand, Sea & Heritage Tide Times
Dymchurch is known for its fine sandy beach and its heritage. Find Out More
The sandy beach is quite flat and stretches from north to south for over three miles, and is frequently 'washed' by the tide of the English Channel. It provides safe sea bathing in the haven of Romney Bay and miles of fine sand to build all the castles you want, play beach sports, have a swim in the sea or just laze around. You can also enjoy a donkey ride.
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The Dymchurch Beachcam provides live information on the tide for fisherman and others wishing to use the beach for leisure. You can check the tides, see the weather in real time, watch the seagulls and view spectacular sunrises, all live. The pictures are live and continuous 24 hours a day from a webcam installed by Dymchurch Parish Council.
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Dymchurch is rich in history going back over two thousand years. You can find out more about its heritage by following the Dymchurch Heritage Trail is a walk around the village of Dymchurch discovering the history of its buildings and the people who once lived there.
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Dymchurch has 3 fine examples of these gun forts that were built to defend the Marsh against the invasion by Napoleon. Martello Tower No.24, in the High Street, has been restored to its original design and is open to the public every weekend and BH from April to October. Find Out More
Martello Tower No.24
90 years of Steam Railway Heritage set against the backdrop of some of Kent’s most picturesque countryside is what makes a journey on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway a totally unique experience.
The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway is proud to operate the most complete collection of one-third full-size Steam Locomotives in the world, running on tracks just 15 inches apart.
13½ miles of track stretch across the picturesque Romney Marsh from the Cinque Port town of Hythe to Dungeness; one of the largest expanses of shingle in the world & designated as a National Nature Reserve.
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Romney Marsh is known as The Fifth Continent. Thomas Ingoldsby, the pen name of 19th century author and cleric Richard Harris Barham (sometime Rector of St Dunstan, Snargate), wrote in his The Ingoldsby Legends:
The World, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh.
Serve God, honour the King, but first maintain the Wall is an apt slogan for Romney Marsh. Penned by author Russell Thorndike in his Dr Syn novel 'The Scarecrow Rides', it epitomises the fact that Romney Marsh owes its existence to the Dymchurch Wall, which stops the sea from flooding the Marsh.
John Betjeman wrote about Romney Marsh:
Romney Marsh, on the Sussex border of Kent and close to the sea. Romney Marsh, where the roads wind like streams through pasture and the sky is always three-quarters of the landscape. The sounds I associate with Romney Marsh are the bleating of innumerable sheep and the whistle of the sea wind in old willow trees. The sea has given a colour to this district: it has spotted with silver the oak posts and rails; it gives the grass and the rushes a grey salty look and turns the red bricks and tiles of Fairfield Church a saffron yellow.