The Romney Marsh 2018
 
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THE ROMNEY MARSH

The Romney Marsh is a mysterious region of Kent, rich in history and legend. Just our cup of tea. This fine day out with an expert Blue Badge Tour Guide is undemanding on the feet but very satisfying on the senses. The day includes a fish & chip lunch at the famous Pilot Inn at Dungeness. In the afternoon you can choose between a visit to beautiful Rye or the historic Cinque Port of Hythe with the option of a little ride on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.


We start just off the M20 at Ashford at 10.30am for morning refreshments at individual cost before driving out onto the Romney Marsh. Survival on the marsh required a particular type of character and with its remote atmosphere the locals established a reputation for self-sufficiency, wild, felonious deeds and lawlessness. Romney Marsh men drank beer a full century before the rest of the country and in World War II they evacuated their sheep before their women! The bleak and timeless character of the marsh made it popular with artists and writers. Noel Coward kept a home here and Ian Fleming would drive out alone on to the marsh for inspiration - taking inspiration from marsh place names like Moneypenny Farm.


We’ll stop and visit one of the mediaeval churches that pepper the marsh. There are nearly 100 homes of different shapes and sizes dotted across the peculiar landscape of Dungeness - the UK’s only desert. Some are old railway carriages dragged across the shingle nearly one hundred years ago. Today they change hands for an awful lot of money. The legendary Pilot Inn sits here within one of the most unique settings in the country, just a stone’s throw from the sea. Fresh fish & chips with a cup of tea and a slice is served and included in the tour fee.


After lunch we’ll take a pleasant drive via Camber Sands to Rye where, from the elevated cobbled streets, we can look back over the Marsh. Alternatively opt for a drive along the coast through Dr Syn’s Dymchurch to historic Hythe with its charming High Street, all on the flat and with old fashioned and individual shops which make for a very enjoyable time browsing.


You can opt to add a 35 minute ride on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway after lunch from the terminus at Dungeness across the desert and the marsh to New Romney. We travel in all weather carriages pulled by one-third full size Steam & Diesel locomotives. At New Romney we get back on the coach and drive along the coast to Hythe and free time for tea.


Whichever afternoon you choose there’ll be time to buy tea before heading home at 4.45pm.

Adults & Seniors: £26

Available weekdays all year

Prices valid 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019


Add the railway ride for £7pp


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