The fine old seaside town of Hythe grew up around the military canal which was built in 1904 as part of the defences against Napoleon.  It is now a quiet central waterway on which to fish or row.  The pretty tree lined tow path is perfect for walking and cycling and extends to the seaside promenade should you wish to continue along the sweeping bay east toward Folkestone or follow the canal in the other direction toward Romney Marsh and Rye. The channel tunnel is 4.8 miles away, and Dover with its magnificent castle standing guard over the port and the sea crossing to the Continent.  To the west is Romney Marsh, famous for its sheep and unique habitat, containing Europe’s only official desert at Dungeness, which is a must for bird watchers.  Further to the west is the picturesque medieval town of Rye, famous for its link with E.W. Benson who based his famous book ‘Mapp and Lucia’ around Rye.  Inland, follow the route of Thomas Beckett’s murderous knights from Saltwood Castle to the glory of Canterbury Cathedral.  Take the high-speed train to London, or Eurostar from the International station at Ashford to Paris, Brussels or Lille.

Keepers Cottages are so excited that we have taken on our first (of many hopefully!) holiday cottages in Hythe, Bay Cottage.

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