This canal runs for 45 km (28 mi) from Seabrook near Folkestone to Cliff End near Hastings.
It was constructed in the first years of the 19th century as a defence against possible invasion during the Napoleonic Wars. Now, the canal is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, providing valuable wetland habitats for a range of flora and fauna.
For walkers, the Royal Military Canal Path, a long distance footpath, runs the entire length of the canal and links in with many other public footpaths en route. A five mile stretch between Seabrook and West Hythe Dam has been surfaced to allow better access for cyclists, wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Boating is permitted in several areas, although unfortunately the canal is not navigable from beginning to end.
It is viewed as one of Kent’s best locations for coarse fishing and day permits are available.