GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Royal Military Canal Path

27 miles (43 km)

This walking route runs from Pett Level to Seabrook along the Royal Military Canal. Constructed in the early 19th century as a defence against a possible invasion by Napoleon, the canal-side path now makes for a nice easy walk.
The route starts off on the coast at Pett Level and heads inland towards Winchelsea and then onto Rye. The path then heads to Hythe via Appledore before finishing at Seabrook just outside Hythe.
Highlights on the route include the lovely Rye Harbour Nature Reserve near Rye. The reserve includes saltmarsh, lagoons, grazing marsh, shingle and reedbeds. You can also visit the ruins of Henry VIII's Camber Castle. The Device Fort was built to protect theSussexcoast against French attack in the 16th century.

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Royal Military Canal Path OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Royal Military Canal Path Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

There's some good choices for refreshments in the Rye Harbour area. The William the Conqueror pub is located right on the harbour and worthy of investigation. Recently refurbished, it’s a smart, friendly, traditional pub, boasting real ales, hearty pub food and a friendly welcome. There’s a large outdoor area here, with plenty of alfresco seating on the banks of the River Rother. It's a great spot to enjoy lunch while looking out for some of the local wildlife that make this a Site of Special Scientific Interest. You can find the pub near the car park on the eastern side of the reserve at postcode TN31 7TU.
The delightful Avocet Tea Room is located in the same area as well. The tea room also includes a lovely art gallery showcasing the talent of local artists. The gallery is run by award-winning photographer Peter Greenhalf and former journalist Morgan (who makes all the cakes). The gallery reflects the artists’ love of the natural world and is well worth seeing if you have time after your walk.

At the northern edge of Rye harbour there's the Rye Castle Museum or Ypres Tower. The museum has lots of interesting artifacts and exhibits to see including locally-made medieval pottery, an embroidery depicting many aspects of Rye life and history, medieval artifacts, activities and town maps. You can also climb to the top of the tower and enjoy fantastic views over the harbour and the river. It's a nice place to visit after your walk if you have time.
Gun Garden, Ypres Tower - geograph.org.uk - 401772 Ypres Tower, Rye, Sussex - geograph.org.uk - 1219127
Above: Ypres Tower or Rye Castle. A worthy addition to your outing.

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Photos

The Royal Military Canal - geograph.org.uk - 451832

Grassy towpath and canalside houses at Seabrook. The canal is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and part of Kent's Historic Landscape.

Royal Military Canal - geograph.org.uk - 719013

Canal st Seabrook. The bend in the canal can be clearly seen in this photo. This was a deliberate design to allow soldiers to fire down the length of the canal should any invaders approach by boat.

Footbridge over the Royal Military Canal - geograph.org.uk - 408583

Footbridge over the Royal Military Canal. It links Burmarsh Road on the south bank with Royal Military Road on the north.

Steps down to the Royal Military Canal - geograph.org.uk - 451816

Steps down to the Royal Military Canal

Elevation Profile

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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