GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Lympne Loop Walk

3 miles (5.2 km)

This circular walk around the Kent village of Lympne visits Lympne Castle and the Royal Military Canal Path. You'll also pass close to Port Lympne Zoo which has some nice landscaped gardens and an animal reserve. It's located to the west of the route and requires an entry fee. It is private land so please keep to the public paths as defined on the route map below.
The walk starts at the public car park at West Hythe which is shown on the Ordnance Survey Map below. From here you can pick up the Royal Military Canal Path and follow it west along the water for just over a mile, passing the remains of Lemanis Roman Fort on the way. You can then pick up the Saxon Shore Way and head north before turning east past Lympne Place.
The route continues east through Lympne village to Shepway Cross passing Lympne Castle on the way. The medievalcastle dates from the 13th century and is now used for corporate events and weddings. Please note the castle is private and generally not open to the public. There are some open days where you can enjoy a dining experience.
At Shepway Cross you turn south past Lympne Park Wood before returning to the car park.

Lympne OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Lympne Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The County Members is in a good spot close to the castle. They serve good home cooked food and have a nice garden area to sit out in. You can find them at Aldington Road at postcode CT21 4LH for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Follow the Saxon Shore Way east and it will take you to Brockhill Country Park near Hythe. The popular park includes waymarked woodland trails, a lake, open grassland, streams, cascades and meadows.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Lemanis Roman fort and Lympne castle - geograph.org.uk - 2080665

Lemanis Roman fort and Lympne castle

Lympne Castle, Kent - geograph.org.uk - 1413604

Lympne Castle, Kent

Approaching West Hythe Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1357357

Approaching West Hythe Bridge on the canal

Reflections in the canal - geograph.org.uk - 1359522

Reflections in the canal

West Hythe, Royal Military Canal - geograph.org.uk - 2585469

West Hythe, Royal Military Canal

Lemanis Roman Fort, Lympne, Kent - geograph.org.uk - 41700

The remains of Lemanis, the Roman fort, also known as Stutfall Castle. The sea once reached right to the foot of the hills here and this was once a major Roman port and one of the Saxon Shore forts. Landslips have destroyed many of the remains.

Saxon Shore Way crosses the access road to Coombe Farm - geograph.org.uk - 2120106

Saxon Shore Way crosses the access road to Coombe Farm

The County Members, Lympne - geograph.org.uk - 1413638

The County Members. A pub in a good location for some post walk refreshments in the village.

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