11/52 The Royal Military Canal

I live in an area which has a long military history. The coastline of this part of Kent is dotted with Martello towers dating back to the Napoleonic era and the countryside is peppered with pillboxes from the first and second world wars. Tudor rose-shaped castles keep a watch at Deal and Walmer and the stronghold of Dover castle dominates the landscape. One curious piece of military history though is the Royal Military Canal, built to create a barrier between land and sea in the event of Napoleon landing troops along the Hythe/Romney Marsh part of the coast. It also of course provided a means of transportation across the marsh. Now, it is the preserve of walkers, kayakers and cyclists and I love walking its banks from Hythe into the flat desolate landscape of Romney Marsh with all its romantic smuggling history/anecdote. These shots were taken by the canal and show both the peace and tranquility of the landscape as well as the reminders of the military history of the region.

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The flat landscape of Romney Marsh. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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Reeds. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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