3.7 of 5 (15 votes)

Rambling across Romney Marsh

A strenuous walk (countryside) starting and finishing in Kent, England, about 22.40km (13.92 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 8m (26ft)
Descent 5m (16ft)
Max. Elevation 20m (65ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 13m (42ft)
Appledore Station
Distance 22.40km
Duration ~6:30h
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 26 Sep 2008
Anyone heading to Kent should take time to visit Romney Marsh. This beautiful wetland, which spreads from the Kent coast up to the River Rother and the Royal Military Canal, has a rich history; over the centuries, it has been famous for smuggling gangs and sheep grazing, and many of its former villages are now long deserted. This walk starts at Appledore Station and finishes in Rye, a popular tourist destination and with plenty of options for cup of tea or a pint.

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OS Grid TQ973298
This station takes you right into the marsh, perfect for starting the walk. Head west from the station to Appledore, picking up the path just past Blackmore Farm.
OS Grid TQ957291
Stay on the path that skirts around Appledore and then heads southeast across the marsh. Cross the railway line and keep on the path to Cherrytree House. Join the road and head towards Brookland.
About 1.74 km (~1.08 miles) from
OS Grid TQ986256
In Brookland, head for the church. Just past here, near the pub, are three footpaths. Take the middle path heading down to Woolpack Bridge.
About 4.46 km (~2.77 miles) from
OS Grid TQ977244
From here, you are right into the heart of Romney Marsh. It can be a spooky, lonely place when the mist is rolling in from the sea; no wonder the smugglers used to hide away out here. Take the footpath heading south to Little Cheyne Court.
About 1.50 km (~0.93 miles) from
OS Grid TQ982219
Around this area, you can see the relics of the days when Romney Marsh was used for sheep grazing in the 19th Century. There are old huts where the shepherds stayed and sheepfolds too. Take the path going southeast to Lower Agney and Scotney Court Farm.
About 2.65 km (~1.65 miles) from
OS Grid TR005207
From the farm, join the bridleway and head west towards Camber Sands.
About 2.51 km (~1.56 miles) from
OS Grid TQ975192
Just before the bridleway enters Camber, it splits into two. Take the route that runs along the Wainway Wall. After about 2.5km, there is a footpath heading south towards the golf course.
About 3.26 km (~2.03 miles) from
OS Grid TQ941194
The footpath heads along the edge of Rye Harbour and into Rye.
About 3.44 km (~2.14 miles) from
OS Grid TQ919204
The walk ends in Rye, which is a good day out in itself. There are lots of historic buildings and cobbled streets, which attract tourists from far and wide. As a result, there are also lots of quaint old tea shops and pubs! The train station is on the west side of the town, and there are buses too.
About 2.47 km (~1.53 miles) from

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