Walks And Walking – West Hythe Walk In Kent
This is a very easy 4 mile circular West Hythe walk in Kent along a short section of the Royal Military Canal Path, up through Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and then back along the ridgeway to Shepway Cross and the car park at Lympne Park Wood.
From the Royal Military Canal car park at West Hythe we walked left along the main Royal Military Canal Path which also a part of the Saxon Shore Way.
After a short while we could see the remains of Stutfall Castle and the Lemanis Roman Fort.
We continued our walk along the main track, passing the National Cycle Network blue waymarker to Rye where we found a small bridge over the Royal Military Canal.
We then rejoined the Royal Military Canal Path with Lympne Castle now coming in to view on the right hand side.
At the bridleway signpost we walked right up the main track through Port Lympne Wild Animal Park where the blackberries were as plentiful as the views of many different animals we saw.
At the top of the hill we walked right following the signpost for the Saxon Shore Way along the ridgeway to Lympne Castle where we stopped briefly to enjoy the views from Millennium Wood out to Dymchurch, Botolph’s Bridge and the Canal Cutting.
Eventually the track joined a lane where we then walked right along the road to pass Lympne Castle and the Church.
We continued our walk up the lane passed the football fields on our left hand side to walk right at the next footpath sign down steps with the metal handrails to a stile just before Shepway Cross.
We then crossed the field heading downwards towards the road where we then walked right all the way down to the car park.