Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership – More Cycle Events

Some more events for the Summer

Sunday 1st July 2.00pm

CANAL BIKE RIDE

An opportunity to pedal along the Canal cycle path all the way past the Port Lympne Zoo and out for a short circuit on the Marsh and back. This is the great way to see the Marsh – it is flat, with a good chunk on a traffic free route. LEADER: Mark Tuson, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership (01797 367934 or 07971 276698).). MEET: Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway Station, Hythe (TR 154 347) Sat Nav CT21 6LB . Please park on Military Road, adjacent to the Canal. DISTANCE: 14 miles (3 hours).

Thursday 26th July 2.00pm

FAMILY CYCLE RIDE: A CYCLE SAFARI

We will be exploring the new section of National Cycle route 2 which runs alongside the Royal Military Canal between West Hythe Dam and Aldergate Bridge before pedaling out for a short loop on the quiet lanes of the Marsh. Look out for exotic wildlife such as Giraffes, Zebra and Ostrich as we pass by the perimeter of Port Lympne Zoo. LEADER: Mark Tuson, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership (01797 367934 or 07971 276698). MEET: West Hythe car park at the bottom of Lympne Hill (TR 125 344) Sat Nav CT21 4NB. DISTANCE: 11 miles (2.5 hours).

Friday 3rd August 8.30pm

A GLOWING NIGHT TIME STROLL (Green Gang)

An evening walk along a short stretch of canal to see the glow worms, watch bats skimming the water’s surface and listen for owls. Please bring a torch and be brave and bring a friend to hold onto. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated. LEADER: Mark Tuson, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership (01797 367934 or 07971 276698). MEET: West Hythe car park at the bottom of Lympne Hill (TR 125 344) Sat Nav CT21 4NB. DISTANCE: 1.5 miles (1.5 hours). GRADE: 5 (night).

Sunday 5th August 2.00pm

A WATERSIDE OF WILDLIFE

This will be a gentle stroll along the Royal Military Canal to Aldergate Bridge and back along the other side. Keep your eyes peeled and ears pinned back for the wildlife that abounds on this part of the Marsh. With luck we may see a kingfisher and hear the drone of hawker dragonflies. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated. LEADER: Mark Tuson, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership (01797 367934 or 07971 276698). MEET: Car Park, bottom of Lympne Hill, West Hythe (TR 125 342). DISTANCE: 4 miles (2.5 hours). GRADE: 3

Tuesday 14th August 2.00pm

SEASHORE SAUNTER

A quick stroll along the vast beaches of Greatstone on the edge of the Dungeness National Nature Reserve (NNR). We will look for what has been washed up by the sea on the tideline, try digging for lugworms and have a look to see what wildlife is lurking in the mud, sand or shingle! Wear outdoor clothes. LEADER: Owen Leyshon, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership (01797 367934 or 07770 670316). MEET: Lade car park on Coast Drive (half way between the Pilot Pub and Romney Sands) (TR 085 208) Sat Nav TN29 9PE. DISTANCE: 0.5 miles (1.5 hours).

Wednesday 22nd August 2.00pm

CYCLE RIDE: MARSH PEDAL

A gentle cycle ride taking us across the Royal Military Canal and into some of the quietest parts of the Marsh. The lanes we will be using were formerly the smugglers’ main routes to the relative safety of higher ground. A couple of small slopes to go up and down. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated. LEADER: Mark Tuson, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership (01797 367934 or 07971 276698). MEET: Pound Leas car park, Marsh Road, Hamstreet (TR 002 332) Sat Nav TN26 2JF. DISTANCE: 18 miles (3 hours)

Calling all walkers and cyclists!

Do you enjoy exploring the countryside of the Romney Marsh? Would you like to walk or cycle a route of the Marsh or surrounding area and help keep it in good condition?

The Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership has 19 circular walking routes, on public rights of way, and 5 cycle routes on the quiet lanes. Each walk and cycle explores the wildlife and history of that area; from the smuggling heritage of Dymchurch to the ruined churches around New Romney and the wildlife along the Royal Military Canal.

We need volunteers to walk and cycle the routes, checking that routes are clear, signposted correctly and bridges and stiles are safe. You may like to do a single route as a one-off or do a series of routes in a particular area; perhaps you would like to adopt your local route and walk or cycle it on a regular basis.

The route packs have been published to encourage local people and visitors to explore the Romney Marsh countryside; the more people using the footpaths and lanes the more likely they will be better maintained in the future! So just choose a route, with walks and cycles from Hythe to Appledore to Lydd to New Romney, there is something for eveyone in the Shepway area!

If you are interested please contact Mark or Owen at the Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership on 01797 367934 or e-mail: mail@rmcp.co.uk

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