Here at Fallow Fields, we’re blessed with all the wonderful benefits of the Kentish countryside. From stunning natural beauty to exciting activities, these benefits extend beyond our campsite boundaries and out into the surrounding areas. When you’re camping in Romney at our Lathe Barn campsite, you’ll be less than a 15-minute drive from the unique New Romney town. Sitting on the edge of Romney Marsh, this town has a rich history, once serving as a sea port and now situated a mile from the sea.
This provides visitors to New Romney with a wealth of rich natural sights and a fascinating history to explore. One way to appreciate this is through the many amazing feats of architecture throughout the town. The finest example may arguably be the Roman St Nicholas Church, with its eye-catching tower sitting in the town centre. Inside, it serves as a storybook to New Romney’s rich heritage. Features such as the boat hooks on the walls and steps descending to the west door are reminders of how this church once stood harbourside before the harbour began to split.
There are also plenty of other historical feats of architecture which can be appreciated throughout the town. Alongside the charming shops and eateries, you can marvel at the unique character of New Romney through buildings like the former almshouses on West Street, which date back to 1610. There’s also the Plantagenet House and No 3 Old Stone Cottage, which were thought to be where the Master of The Hospital of St John the Baptist was run from 1260.
History buffs will also appreciate the Romney Marsh Wartime Collection at Brenzett. The site of the museum once served as an Advanced Landing Ground during WWII. Today, it incorporates the Brenzett Aeronautical Museum Trust, making this an intriguing collection of wartime memorabilia and equipment, including a Barnes Wallis Dambuster Bomb and Bomb Disposal equipment on display.
There’s also a world of nostalgia to be enjoyed at Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. A beloved attraction, this one-third full size locomotive runs across 13.5 miles of beautiful country and coastal scenery. The New Romney Station serves as its headquarters, making it a must-visit. It was the first station to be built as part and is the hub of most of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway’s essential work to this day.
This station is ideal for getting more of an insight into this world-famous attraction. A rock garden and model lighthouse sit opposite the signal box here, which is where the ashes of Captain J. E. P. Howey, the railway founder, are scattered. You can also spot the house that Howey built for himself, Red Tiles, here too.
Alongside all this, there are also plenty of activities to enjoy too, including the Littlestone Golf Club, which has hosted The Open Championship qualifying rounds in the past. You can also splash around or sunbathe to your heart’s content at the golden sandy stretches of Greatstone Beach.
Of course, that’s not to mention the sheer natural beauty on view at Romney Marsh. This wetland area is known as the Fifth Continent and covers a staggering 100 square miles with diverse habitats and waterways. There’s excellent facilities including the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre and an onsite cafe to enjoy alongside all the inspiring walking routes. That means when you’re camping in Romney with Fallow Fields, there’s a world of fascinating just a short drive away.
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