Remote churches and cosy pubs on a Romney Marsh cycle ride

Remote churches surrounded by sheep-flecked marsh, tucked-away pubs with a row of real ale pumps along the bar – and a bike to get you to them.

What could be finer?

Nothing, obviously. So here’s a suggested cycle route, starting and ending at Camber Sands, which takes in five wonderful churches and some great pubs. Here’s an idea of the route:

Click the link here to get the Google map it is a grab from.

Here’s a rundown on what you will discover.


The church: All Saints

They call this ancient church the cathedral of the marsh. It is believed to incorporate a small 5th century Romano-British basilica . Lydd’s wealth as a sheep town in the 13th to 15th centuries enabled locals to expand it enormously. The tower was raised to 132ft in the 15th century

The pub: The George Hotel

The George is on your route as you cycle through Lydd.


Fairfield barely makes it onto the map, but its church is perhaps the most spellbinding on the marsh. It is completely isolated, with just a grass path to it, no graveyard or enclosure to protect it. You’ll find details on how to collect the key and take a look inside on the notice board.

The pub: The Woolpack

The Woolpack isn’t in Fairfield, but on our route just before the lane you are following towards Fairfield crosses the A259.


The church: St Augustine’s

With a belfry that looks like a 75ft tall wooden version of the witches hat from old-school children’s playground, and a porch with 14th century stable-style split doors, this is a really unusual church.

The pub: The Royal Oak

It’s right next door.


The church: St Eanswith

Tucked away down a track, the church is named after a local (Folkstone, 7th century) saint.

Old Romney

The church: St Clement’s 

The church, another that stands in splendid isolation, is  built on a mound to protect it from flooding. It has a fascinating interior. Take a look:

The pub: The Rose and Crown

The pub is a few hundred yards across the A259 as you head back towards Lydd.