Dymchurch to Hythe: Sandy Bays and Steam Trains

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This stretch of the England Coast Path is packed full of heritage. From the age of steam and canal through to even older lines of defence and military history, this walk takes you on a journey of both history and nostalgia.

As you begin this wonderful walk, stop to admire the English Heritage Dymchurch Martello Tower. Why not stop for a visit? Entrance is free so you have a perfect opportunity to step inside for a peek! Head alongside Dymchurch beach, here are all the activities you would expect to find at a bustling seaside centre. An amusement park, donkey rides and traditional seaside fun will make this a perfect location to spend a few hours.

As you continue, you will pass another Martello Tower before continuing along the sea wall, where you will be able to enjoy very broad views and taking in the entire Hythe Bay to each side of you as well as the Saxon Shore Way escarpment.


Pass the historic Dymchurch Grand Redoubt, an impressive military fortification built during the Napoleonic War. Further along, pass the Hythe Ranges, one of the oldest firings ranges in the country and has been used for live firing for over 200 years.

Learn about the WW2 sound mirrors in this area, one of which can be seen near the top of the escarpment when reaching the Royal Military Canal.

Your walk end’s at Scanlons Bridge which is found next to the Hythe station of Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

Be sure to explore the historic town of Hythe, with many mediaeval and Georgian building, an impressive Town Hall and a Saxon/Norman church, it is a must that you explore this striking town!