Out & About from Lathe Barn

Out & About from Lathe Barn

Getting out and about

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Plumes of steam are visible from the campsite, as the trains from the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway make their way along the coast. The closest station is Dymchurch, with trips to Hythe or Dungeness and lots of things to see in the visitor centre on site too.

Port Lympne Reserve

Port Lympne Reserve is a breeding sanctuary for rare and endangered animals. Whether you are visiting the wildlife park or taking part in one of their experience days, Port Lympne is a great day out for all the family.

Folkestone; 9 miles from us. We love it here!  Retro clothes, furniture; even sweets!  Take a walk out onto the harbour arm to enjoy the live bands and street food options or walk through the old town and stop off for a drink at one of the numerous quirky pubs in Folkestone.  With restaurants like Rocksalt nearby, you can also treat  yourself to a fine dining treat.  Book ahead though.

Dungeness Beach; 12 miles away is a tiny fishing hamlet and the location of numerous pop videos over the years for bands such as Turin Brakes, Pink Floyd, and The Prodigy.  Experience the vast shingle beach with the imposing power station and stop for the best fish and chips around at the Pilot pub.

Tenterden; 15 miles away is an elegant town on the edge of the remnant forest of the Weald, overlooking the valley of the River Rother, with a pretty high street and some fantastic pubs to stop of at for lunch.  Other attractions include the popular Kent and East Sussex heritage railway who run a 10-mile stretch of line between Tenterden and Bodiam or just outside of Tenterden is the Chapel Down visitor centre and shop, England’s biggest wine producer.

Rye; 18 miles away is a popular tourist destination, with shops trading antiques, collectors’ books and records, and has many art galleries selling works by local artists and potters with changing exhibitions throughout the year. Rye also stands at the centre of a network of nature reserves, some of national importance. The neighbouring Pett Levels and Pools, and the Pannel Valley nature reserve are accessible via Winchelsea and Winchelsea Beach a few miles to the west, whilst Scotney Lake lies just off the Lydd road and the RSPB reserve at Dungeness lies a few miles further to the east[42] with the Bird Observatory located in the old lighthouse.

Hythe; 12 miles from us is a coastal market town on the edge of the Romney Marsh, full of mediaeval and Georgian buildings as well as a Norman church on the hill and a Victorian promenade. Hythe is the northern terminus of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.  The track follows the coast through Dymchurch, New Romney and onto Dungeness.

Beaches: For the best shingle and sand beaches head to Dymchurch Beach, St Mary’s Bay, Hythe Beach or the dunes of Camber Sands.

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