Royal Military Canal
Azure hawker dragonfly

Royal Military Canal

The Royal Military Canal Path runs for 28 miles from Kent to East Sussex and passes through the AONB at Hythe. A very pleasant way to spend an afternoon either just relaxing watching the world go by or walking along the tree lined bank looking at the wildlife. The tranquil banks of the canal provide an ideal home for many insects such as dragonflies, amphibians, birds and small mammals; whatever the season there is always something to see. The Marsh Frog, Europe’s largest species, has escaped from captivity and colonised the area. They can grow as large as a man’s hand and can be heard in May and June cackling to attract a mate which is why they are called the ‘Laughing Frog’. For those who wish to walk the entire length of the canal please see the links to the Royal Military Canal website for further information. It is also possible to hire a boat from near Ladies Walk Bridge in Hythe.

Useful Information

Opening Times

Open all year


• Picnic Areas
• Good for cycling
• Easy access areas for walkers
• Information and interpretation


The canal runs between Hythe and Iden Lock in East Sussex and can be accessed from along the whole route.

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