LYDD

The small, ancient town of Lydd lies on Denge Marsh between the shingle peninsula of Dungeness and the fertile fields of Walland Marsh. Lydd, mentioned in Charles II's Charter of 1668 as a corporate member of the Cinque Ports Confederation has a conservation area within which 15 New Street is situated. New Street, despite its name, is one of the oldest roads in Lydd and was originally known as New Bigging. Lydd and the surrounding area are a natural haven for wildlife; indeed the peninsula is one of our most important migratory routes for birds and an amazing biodiversity of fauna.

Of all he marsh churches, Lydd boasts the 'Cathedral of the Marsh', All Saints is one of the longest parish churches in Kent and its tower one of the tallest. The buildings in Lydd are a mixture of handsome Georgian houses and new builds forming small, neat estates. Lydd airport is nearby and on a calm summers day anyone with a head for heights can take the early morning, fifteen minute, flight for Sunday lunch in le Touquet. Having shopped and dined at one of the many unpretentious fish restaurants, there is still time to stroll along the ‘Paris Plage’ and be back in time for supper.

Seemingly remote, Lydd is only 30 mins to Ashford, 35 mins to Folkestone, 15 mins to Rye and 35mins to Hastings. Lydd provides a primary school, doctor and dentist surgeries, museum, 3 small supermarkets, hardware store, household and clothing stores, 3 garage repairs, petrol station, vets, 2 newsagents, a fine butchers, pubs and eating establishments. 3 miles to the east is the town of New Romney with a Sainsburys supermarket and further shops. Schools in the area include The Marsh Academy in New Romney together with the Folkestone School for Girls, The Harvey Grammar School for boys, Norton Knatchbull Grammar School for boys and Highworth Grammar School for girls both in Ashford, 17 miles to the north. Ashford International Station offers commuting services to London via a high speed service to St Pancras and Stratford in 37 minutes. The Channel Tunnel Terminal near Folkestone is 17 miles and the Ancient Town of Rye, famed for its historical associations and cobbled ways is about 10 miles to the west.