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Rye area weekend break in East Sussex and Kent October 2005 - page 2

Starting with a further look at our lovely welcoming guest house in Ivychurch on Romney Marsh in the Kent countryside, on the Sunday of our weekend break we took a rickety ride from Dungeness to Hythe on the quaint narrow gauge Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent.
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Bedroom in the Olde Moat House guest house
Here's our room at the Olde Moat House in Ivychurch in Kent.  Full of thoughtful touches and with helpful owners, we had a very comfortable weekend break.  We managed to fuse the lights one evening!

Table laid for breakfast at the Olde Moat House in Ivychurch
Breakfasts at the Olde Moat House were simply wonderful.  Fruits, homemade bread, muesli preserves and a cooked breakfast with individual percolated coffee - excellent!

Woolpack Inn in Warehorne
On the Saturday evening of our weekend break we headed to the Woolpack Inn in Warehorne, Kent arriving at 6pm before opening.  We had a delicious meal there, but sadly the staff seemed rather surly.

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in Kent
Now this ugly brute is the diesel locomotive that took us on our outward journey on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway from Dungeness in Kent, a narrow gauge railway of 13˝ miles.  Looking...

Dungeness station on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in Kent
...the other way along the railway platform, the small building on the near left is the station building, and further left is Dungeness Power Station.

Boarding the little narrow gauge railway carriages
Being a narrow gauge railway, the carriages were rather small.  Even Mike had to crouch right down to get in, now that's a first!

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway: steam train chuffing through Romney Sands station
The station at Romney Sands is a passing point on Kent's Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway and we saw this miniature looking steam train coming the other way.  According to the Sat Nav our train reached a dizzying max speed of... 23 mph!

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway: Hythe station
At journey's end at Hythe the locomotive was decoupled and moved round to the front of the train for the return journey.  That man and son could've been Mike + Dad 30 years ago!  Don't forget to see our page of relevant UK tourist websites.

Checking the information board at Hythe by the Royal Military Canal
A quick squiss at the handy information point and we were on our way alongside the Royal Military Canal into Hythe, a distance of about half-a-mile.  And a nice little walk it was too in the early autumn sunshine.

Resting on the walk into Hythe from the station
Phew - wot a scorcher in the Kent sunshine!

Swan Hotel carvery pub in Hythe, Kent
We found this average looking pub in the centre of Hythe that was much better than average on the inside.  The Swan Hotel had a carvery to which we availed ourselves and very friendly and helpful staff - a pleasant change to other pubs we visited during our Rye weekend break.  Back at Hythe...

Steam train waiting to leave Hythe station on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
...station and the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, we were very pleased to see a steam locomotive in place to haul us on the return journey to Dungeness.  The train also had a shop carriage selling the railway's own steam ale, so Mike had to buy a bottle, to keep as a souvenir you understand!

A real steam train in miniature on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in Kent
Once back at Dungeness the train driver oiled the diminutive steam engine.  Our weekend break was very enjoyable, staying in that excellent guest house and visiting some of Kent's attractions.  After the somewhat uncomfortable and sooty ride we...

The Light Railway Café at Dungeness
...had a quick coffee in the Light Railway Café then returned to our guest house for the final night of our weekend break.  That's Dungeness Power Station in the background; amazing to learn that this part of Kent used to be under the sea 1000 years ago!

You may also like to see our visit to the Kent & East Sussex Railway and Welshpool & Llanfair Caereinion narrow gauge railway.