Royal Military Canal Hythe

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Royal Military Canal Hythe: Seabrook to West Hythe Dam a five mile stretch is managed by Shepway District Council and has provided a range of enhanced and new facilities along the canal including: interpretation and life-size sculptures, landscaping improvements, picnic areas and improved facilities for cyclists and walkers.

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A five mile stretch of the Royal Military Canal Path has been surfaced and makes an excellent cycle route along the canal banks. The path takes you from the start of the canal at Seabrook through the stately urban landscape of the Cinque Port, Hythe, to the tree lined beauty of the canal around West Hythe and finally on to West Hythe Dam.

Rowing Boat Hire

Pleasure boating has operated on the Canal for over 100 years. Boats can be hired from Easter weekend until the end of September at Ladies Walk, Hythe.

From one hour hire to half a day at £10 an hour. Some discounts and concessionary deals available on request. Group bookings also available.

Punting is also available if booked. Contact Allen Upward on Tel: 07718761236.


The Canal is stocked with carp, pike, perch, bream, rudd, eels and other freshwater fish. Fishing permits are required from the Cinque Ports Angling Society Tel: 01303 891450. Allocated fishing swims/platforms are positioned on the Canal and should be used when fishing on day tickets and during competitions. There are currently four single fishing platforms suitable for users with disabilities, two at West Hythe Disabled Car Park and two at Burmarsh Bridge. Scanlon's Bridge adjacent to the Light Railway Cafe has a 35m length platform suitable for many fisherman and wheel chair users.

Picnic Areas

There are 13 picnic tables with BBQ protection sheets covering part of the table tops for the use of disposable BBQ's. Many are alongside the unique ‘kinks', which give the Canal its distinctive zigzag pattern. Located every 600 yards these sharp double bends enabled the waterway to be covered by crossfire from big field guns. Many new rustic oak benches have been placed in prime locations for all users to rest and enjoy the views and wildlife.


How to get here


From Hythe take the A259 towards New Romney. With Hythe Ranges on your left turn right into Burmarsh Road signed Burmarsh Estate. Continue to T-junction, turn right into West Hythe Road. Continue into West Hythe to find car park on the left immediately after crossing canal bridge (height retriction - 2.3m.)


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