Places to visit whilst in Hythe

Hythe is an idyllic, small coastal town situated between the Romney Marsh and Folkestone with approximately 16,000 inhabitants. Historically it dates back to, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and possibly before that time.

Being situated around Hythe Bay and with hills behind, it would appear to have its own micro-climate, i.e. when Ashford gets a lot of snow, Hythe only seems to get a sprinkling. Being in the Bay it is somewhat sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds and Channel tides.

Hythe boasts many activities and sites of interest for visitors, whether it be for a day trip or for a longer, family holiday.

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Railway287 years of Steam Railway Heritage set against the backdrop of some of Kent’s most picturesque countryside is what makes a journey on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway a totally unique experience and is why this Heritage Railway is one of Kent’s Top Visitor Attractions.

 

Port Lympne Reserve.

Zoo HythePort Lympne ReserveExperience an African adventure in Kent when you visit Port Lympne Reserve  home to Kents only authentic safari experience, where giraffes, black rhino, wildebeest and more roam freely over 100 acres of Kentish savannah. Not forgetting western lowland gorillas, agile and playful primates, elusive small cats and impressive big cats. Port Lympne offers a wild adventure like no other!

St Leonard’s Church

St Leonard's Church Hythe GuideFew would disagree with the suggestion that this is one of the most impressive parish churches in Kent. Standing as it does upon a steep slope, dominating the town, overlooking the old houses jostling together and the little criss-cross lanes, apart from its architectural interest,

Royal Military Canal

Hythe CanalThe canal was conceived by Lieutenant-Colonel John Brown of the Royal Staff Corps of field engineers in 1804, during anti-invasion preparations, to ensure that a French force could not use the Romney Marsh as a bridgehead.

Hythe Beaches

hythebeachA wonderful place to walk and experience the local charm of Hythe, England. Hythe Beach is a daily mixture of sights and sounds. The promenade provides walkers, bikers and runners a picturesque place for activity runs almost the entire length of Hythe. The beach is quite rocky so footwear is needed but it doesn’t keep the sail boarders, wind boarders and fishermen from enjoying the water. The local sailing club allows for watercraft of all sizes to add to the scenes out on the water.

American Gardens

AmericanGardens4Resting amid the undulating hills leading from the North Downs to the southernmost Kentish coastline there is a small valley. Hidden here is a gem of astounding beauty, a treasure awaiting discovery: a secret garden in the depths of Kent .Named after the Californian Redwood tree planted 150 years ago at its centre,

Saltwood Castle

saltwoodCastle is privately owned and not open to the general public In Roman Times when the sea covered a great part of Romney Marsh, tides still flowed to the foot of the bluff where Saltwood Castle now occupies a promontary between two streams. The high ground below the Downs was virgin forest to the beaches and, the high tides then flowing some distance up the valley, the lower trees dipped their branches in the mingled waters of sea and stream. Thus the name Saltwood, whose origin stretches back at least to the year 488 when Aesc the son of Hengist and King of Kent, built a castle on the site. .

Fresh water Fishing

fishingThe canal is stocked with carp, pike, perch, bream, rudd, eels and other freshwater fish. Fishing permits are required from the Cinque Ports Angling Society on 01303 891450 and a rod license can be obtained via the Environment Agency. Allocated fishing swims/platforms are positioned on the canal and should be used when fishing on day tickets and during competitions. There are currently four single fishing platforms suitable for users with disabilities, two at West Hythe disabled car park and two at Burmarsh Bridge.

Sea Fishing

beach2Hythe Beach is a popular Winter and Summer venue. The medium depth waters give good sport with Mackerel and Bass in the summer months, with Codling and Whiting showing when the weather turns colder. The usual suspects of crab and worm work well on a two or 3 hook rig. Try clipping your rigs down to get that little e bit of extra distance.

Species Flat fish, Bass, Pouting, Whiting, Cod, Eels, Dogfish, Mackerel

Kite Surfing

KitesurfingKite surfing has taken off in Hythe, whenever its windy you will almost certainly be treated to the spectacle of brightly coloured kites zipping across the sky, pulling riders, jumping and surfing. There is unrestricted parking along the seafront, and a good area to set up, bbq etc. Kite surfing can be excellent within the Hythe Bay, with prominently south west winds. There is a lot of local support and a local kite and sail shop for your bits and pieces.

Wind Surfing

Wind surfingHythe is a large bay with best wind directions W-SW although  anything from NE through the easterlies to SW also works. The setup for windsurfing is nice and easy, with plenty of parking along the seafront. Hythe can see some nice waves coming in so it works as a wave sailing location as well as bump and jump. There is a lot of local support and a local kite and sail shop for your bits and pieces.

Kayaking

KayakHythe and has access to 37 miles of sea coast line and 27 miles of flat water. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking sessions in the south east of Kent surrounded by natural beauty. some even fish !!

Golf

imperal-golfHythe boasts two golf courses. A very challenging nine-hole links course, 18-tee and 5,402 yard golf course. It is, essentially, a quite unforgiving par 68 links course of particularly high standard. The second hole alone measures some 549 yards  a good hole by anyones standards. Bounded by the Royal Military Canal and the English Channel, you can really enjoy some refreshing sea breezes. There is a practise green and a well- stocked shop which also provides club repairs. Our second golf course is an 18-hole course and is the nearest golf course to the Channel Tunnel either side of the water. It is also considered to be one of the most picturesque courses in Kent.

Indoor Swimming

Hythe-poolHythe boasts a nice family size swimming pool, ideally suited for those rainy days when one can’t get to the beach. With all the usual facilities for the disabled. We also have a very strong swimming club called Hythe Aqua Swimming Club which runs synchronised swimming, water polo and competitive swimming. The main swimming pool is 25m x 11m with a dedicated teaching pool (baby pool) 9.5m x 4.5m. The pool caters for Early Morning Swims, Senior Sessions, Adult Only Sessions, Family Sessions, Lane Swimming, Aqua Fit Classes, Atlantis Swimming Lessons for All Ages, Pool Parties, Swimming Galas, Snorkelling and Personal Survival.

Hythe Historic Building

CenturiesFor a town that has been at the front of Britain’s defenses since Roman times it is remarkable that buildings, some dating back to Saxon times, are still standing. The remains of the Saxon church of St Edmond’s are still to be found as part of the North Transept of St Leonard’s Church. Centuries, built in the mid 12th C. is one of only a few buildings of that time whilst the High Street offer a number of Medieval Hall Houses clearly identifiable behind their more recent facades. The 16th C. Manor House and the Georgian Town Hall are well worth a visit.

Martello Towers

MartelloMartello Towers were small defensive forts first built in the South East of England during the Napoleonic War between 1805 and 1808. They were built throughout the British Empire, in 5 different continents, during the first half of the 19th Century. 103 in total were built around Britain, after the South East, a large number can be found in Essex, Suffolk and in Ireland. Martello towers.

Hythe Walks

Hythe Walk h 3There are many fine walks in and around Hythe, from our promenade which is approx. four miles long, to The Royal Military Canal which runs for 28 miles though some of the most idyllic countryside in Kent, not to mention the multitude of wildlife to be seen along the way. A walk too through Brockhill Country Park with its waterfall and tranquil surroundings is extremely rewarding. For those who are more historically minded, there are many buildings and structures to be viewed, i.e. the Sound Mirrors, Martello Towers, the ancient crypt of St. Leonard’s Church. There are also guided walks around our ancient buildings organised by the Hythe Civic Society.

Hythe High Street

Hythe-High-StreetHythe High Street is typical of a small, ancient coastal town featuring many buildings dating back to the 15th century. Uniquely, the High Street is approximately one mile long and has many interesting shops, 80% being non-franchise. These individual artisan shops makes it a far more adventurous and rewarding shopping experience.

Farmer’s Market

MarketHythe Farmer’s Market was established in March 2004 by popular demand and it continues to provide good quality local food to the people of Hythe and its environs. Run by volunteers, the market takes place on second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10am to midday. Parking is available nearby

Car Boot Sales

Car-bootHythe has earned a well-deserved reputation for its successful boot fairs. With the three prominent ones being Hythe Cricket club, The Hythe Green, Saltwood Cricket Club with these three there ample parking. Of course there are many more thoughout the year in Hythe these you will find in our Events Calender or Upcoming events.

Race Course

Race-courseRacecourse which is situated in Hythe has, unfortunately, suspended racing for the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, during the course of the year there will be many events taking place. The War and Peace have made this there yearly show ground. There is of course are more shows which will be shown on Hythe

Tennis

TennisThe Club has eight all weather floodlit courts and has several social tennis sessions weekly and also full availability for individual games of fours or singles play. The Club enters over 20 teams in the local leagues during the summer months and 17 during the winter season. The Club is as active during the winter as it is in the summer and has a full social programme in addition to tennis tournaments and fun events. The Club has a very strong junior section under the arm of Nick Skelton our full time tennis coach and his team of qualified assistants. Although Hythe Lawn Tennis Club is a members Club and we do not have any facilities for Pay and Play we will always encourage tennis players to enjoy their chosen sport so whether you are living in Hythe and are interested in joining or whether you are simply holidaying in Hythe and want to play some tennis we will try to accommodate you.

 

The Hythe Festival

FestivalThe Festival comes round every second year. 2012 was the 10th the modern day festival; 20 years, and still going strong. In fact, there is even more history than that, for in 1951 when the Civic Society was still called the Hythe Citizens Union, a Festival Week with a nearly identical logo took place and included (according to the Official Programme price 6d), an Arts and Crafts Exhibition in the Institute (First Prize a 4-valve AC/DC Mains Wireless Receiver), a Ball in the Imperial (tickets 12/6), a Miss Hythe Festival, (young ladies over 16, resident in Hythe could enter; afternoon dresses to be worn), a Fashion Show, a Puppet Show in The Grove Half a century later a group of volunteers planned a follow-up, each chipping in an amount to buy stationery. 1992 was a worrying time in Hythe there were plans to impose a precinct on the High Street and traders were worried about the effect of that on foot-fall. It also happened that the Tour de France was to come through the Town, so Mayor Arthur Kensett called in his friend Cllr Maurice Maisey, and together they planned events surrounding that, to bring a little cheer to all.

The Venetian Fete

The Venetian FeteThe Venetian Fete PROCESSIONS of floating tableaus, plenty of music, a touch of pageantry, a grand firework display, a cast of hundreds, an audience of thousands, five hours of family fun  that is the Hythe Venetian Fete, held on the Royal Military Canal every two years. The town’s unique aquatic carnival is due to return on Wednesday, August 20, next year and the organiser  the not-for-profit Hythe Venetian Fete Society  has already started preparations for an afternoon and evening of exciting spectacle and entertainment. Traditionally, the main events of the fete are daylight and after-dark processions of decorated floats, each with a humorous, artistic, historic or topical theme. The daylight procession is headed by a ceremonial barge carrying the mayors of the Confederation of Cinque Ports in full regalia. The floats are illuminated at dusk. Happenings on the canal bank include a children’s fun fair and live entertainment. The Venetian Fete is one of south east England is most popular outdoor shows and attracts visitors from far and wide.

Martello Towers

MartelloMartello Towers were small defensive forts first built in the South East of England during the Napoleonic War between 1805 and 1808. They were built throughout the British Empire, in 5 different continents, during the first half of the 19th Century. 103 in total were built around Britain, after the South East, a large number can be found in Essex, Suffolk and in Ireland. Martello towers.

Sound Mirrors

Sound-mirrorOn the roughs above Hythe in Kent, on Ministry of Defence land, stands a 30 foot high concrete ear. Borne on a frame of umbrella-shaped iron rods, the disc is angled towards the sky, ready to catch any sounds that come its way. The sound mirror looks out over the flat expanse of Romney Marsh, and miles out to sea (France is just 23 miles away)