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Romney Marsh ride + video


By twarwick - Posted on 01 September 2010

Romney Marsh ride + video
It's not often I get the opportunity these days to go for a ride away
from home, so I was looking forward to being able to take my bike on
holiday to Kent last week.

We were staying at Littlestone-on-Sea, on the edge of Romney Marsh. I
had a morning's pass from the family, so decided on a simple route
following part of the Romney Marsh Country Tour, which I knew was well
signposted and would avoid any map-reading and consequent faffing about.

The marsh is an interesting part of England and extremely flat... so you get a very big sky and often strong winds, this day being no exception. I set off towards Hythe  didn't gain even a metre or two of elevation in 10 miles, and was constantly battered by a strong crosswind. I approached a level crossing just as the lights started, and watched the first RH&DR train of the day go past.

After 10 miles, I crossed the Royal Military Canal, built in 1804 to
keep invaders out, and then straight up the fairly steep hill that
formed the original coastline before the marsh was reclaimed, which
was a bit of a shock to the system.

The next part of the ride was continually up and down the old
coastline and into the wind, past the zoo at Port Lympne, and on
through Hamstreet and other small villages to Tenterden.

From Tenterden, I was happy to be turning away from the headwind, and
enjoyed a pretty clear run back to Littlestone with a strong tailwind,
and enjoying the strange mixture of scenery... close-cropped fields with
the local Romney sheep; turf farms; pillboxes; lots of drainage
ditches full of tall green reeds; the distinctive churches; a huge
wind farm, and in the far distance brooding away on the horizon, the
power station at Dungeness.

70km in total, and back in time for a nice lunch.

I took some video too:
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