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Royal Military Canal


Type:Waymarked Trail

RYE, East Sussex, TN31 7LB

Tel: +44 01797 229049

Royal Military Canal


The scenic route this canal takes is perfect for walking and cycling.  Dug by hand in the early 19th century, the canal was designed as a defence barrier on the low-lying land between Winchelsea and Hythe.

The canal is now used by the Environment Agency to manage water levels across much of the marsh and is vital to the area's flood protection.  Today the full length of the canal has a public footpath along it and makes an excellent way-marked trail with numerous interpretation panels.  The canal is also a haven for some of the special wildlife of the Romney Marsh; kingfishers can regularly be seen and during the summer the canal comes alive with hovering dragonflies and noisy marsh frogs.

Image: Copyright Peter Trimming



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Peelingtraveller71
      Trip Type:
      West Hythe to Hythe
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 11th August 2018
      Having discovered the walk in explore kent some time ago, my wife and I managed to actually partake in the sun, fresh air and beautiful scenery. The route was easily accessible, not too taxing and... Read full review
    • Stephen T
      Bournemouth, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Pleasant Level Walk
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 8th October 2018
      The canal walk is almost 30 miles long and as its a level walk it is suitable for all abilities. You've just got to judge when you are halfway to having enough so yo can turn back. We walked the... Read full review
    • PHE22
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 16th November 2018
      The canal passes through the town and has a couple of information boards describing the reason it was built during the risks from Napoleon. Boat trips and walking is easy. Read full review

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    • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

    Opening Times

    2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

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