Welcome to the Romney Marsh, known for its natural beauty, the diversity of its habitats, rich history, extensive coastline and its sheep.
Covering about 100 square miles, Romney Marsh is one of the three great coastal marshlands of southern England. The Marsh is a sparsely populated wetland area in the counties of Kent and East Sussex in the south-east of England.
Ringed to the north and west by the ancient sea-cliffs of the Romney shoreline, much of the Marsh is below sea level. Having
been built up slowly from layers of silt it is a very gentle, even landscape. In the open countryside few features are over hedge height and there is a feeling of openness.
With excellent accommodation, outstanding attractions, fine food and drink, varied walking routes and many sandy beaches, Romney Marsh is an ideal place to visit, explore and enjoy.
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Characteristics of Romney Marsh History of Romney Marsh
Romney Marsh is also known as the Fifth Continent. Thomas Ingoldsby, the pen name of 19th century author and cleric Richard Harris Barham (sometime Rector of St Dunstan, Snargate), wrote in his The Ingoldsby Legends:
The World, according to the best geographers, is divided
into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh.
John Betjeman wrote about Romney Marsh:
Romney Marsh, on the Sussex border of Kent and close to the sea. Romney Marsh, where the roads wind like streams through pasture and the sky is always three-quarters of the landscape. The sounds I associate with Romney Marsh are the bleating of innumerable sheep and the whistle of the sea wind in old willow trees. The sea has given a colour to this district: it has spotted with silver the oak posts and rails; it gives the grass
rushes a grey salty look and turns the red bricks and tiles of Fairfield Church a saffron yellow.
What's On on Romney Marsh
Things to See and Do on Romney Marsh
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South East Open Studios 2013
This year’s South East Open Studios event, 7 to 23 June, features artists and craftspeople across the Marsh...more
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