The Royal Military Canal in Kent runs for 28 miles. It flows from near Folkestone, following the old cliff line bordering Romney Marsh. The canal meets the River Rother at the Lock Keepers Cottage just outside Playden.
Interestingly, the canal was first built as a defence against the possibly invasion of England during the Napoleonic Wars. Of course it was never used, but wildlife soon made the canal home instead. The canal is now a special site of scientific interest and home to kingfishers, marsh frogs and dragon fly species.
As you paddle along, you’ll notice small little brick buildings. These are pillboxes, erected in WW2 to prepare against possible German invasion.