Cycle coastal paths from Camber Sands to Dymchurch

Camber Sands is a great place to start a coastal cycle ride.

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The beaches at St Mary’s Bay are almsot always empty

The National Route 2 long distance path from Dover to Cornwall runs right through the village, and dedicated cycle paths going both east and west give you a great, off-road start to your journey. Going east you quickly hit Romney Marsh, and can follow the coast to Dover if you feel up to it. For this post I’ll describe the route as far as Dymchurch, which is close to the far side of the Marsh. From there you can keep going along the promenade to Hythe and beyond. If you fancy going west from Camber instead of east, check out this coastal route to Bexhill.

Cycling off-road along the coast from Camber Sands to Dymchurch Distance: approx 18 miles (26km)

Over half this route is off-road, and the rest is almost all on quiet lanes. This map gives the main points of the route, and the text below gives a more detailed step-by-step guide. From Camber Sands to Lydd

Cycle to the eastern edge of the village and then take the cycle path that runs along the top of the new sea, or along the road to Lydd if the path is still under construction. At Jury’s Gap, about 2 miles away, take the Route 2 cycle path that runs in the fields alongside the road to the outskirts of Lydd.

Lydd to Dungeness

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Old fishing vessels on the beach at Dungeness

Take the road that skirts south of Lydd village until you reach a roundabout, where Dungeness is signposted off to the right. Alternatively, cycle through the village, watching for a signpost to Dungeness pointing right after half a mile or so. The road to Dungeness is wide and fast – the only stretch where speeding cars and lorries will trouble you. You’ll pass the RSPB’s Dungeness reserve on your right, and it’s a great place to stop off fro some bird watching if you have time. When the road hits the coast and turns left you are in Dungeness. If you’d like to see the real old Dungeness of black-tar fishing families cabins, turn right and cycle for a mile. There is a lighthouse, a pub and the miniature Romney Hythe and Dymchurch steam railway up there.

Dungeness to New Romney

The road now heads east, hugging the coast. Unfortunately it’s bungalow-ville, and the least interesting stretch of the ride.

New Romney via St Mary’s Bay to Dymchurch

Fortunately things get much more interesting when the coast road heads inland at New Romney. Go straight ahead at that junction, stickign to the coast, and the road turns into a track, before a path begins along the sea wall. The way gets wider as you cycle, but is still very quiet. From Dymchurch you can continue along the esplanade cycle path to Hythe, at the far east of Romney Marsh, and on to Dover if you like.

Want to make a stay of it?

Dunescape, our Camber Sands beach house is perfectly placed for a luxury holiday combining beach, countryside, walks and cycle rides. Dunescape is tucked behind the dunes, within 100yds of Camber Sands’ famous beach. We are tucked in the western corner of Romney Marsh, within 3 miles of the historic town of Rye, and ideally placed for coastal, and country walks and cycling.