A fun day adventure to have in the County of Kent is the Light rail service from Hythe to Dungeness.
As the saying goes by T.S Elliot “The journey, not the destination, matters.” Well, this journey is made fun most of all by the Light Rail. For fifteen pounds per-person you hop onto this tiny steam train and enjoy a journey through the countryside. (Roughly an hour and thirty-two minutes) You enter by sliding open a little wooden door and duck into the small compartments. There is no strict rule that says you have to travel with the small doors shut as long as you don’t half hang your person out of them, you won’t get in trouble. 😉
Dungeness is not really a town, sporting only a few little bunker like huts, that a few, far-removed people live in. The area used to be under the ocean, until a storm in roughly the 1400’s caused a lot of silt to wash up and now left behind is a very vast open marsh-plain. It is an interesting area to visit and you feel like you have stepped out of the modern world we live in today somewhat.
Can you spot the dog? 🙂
The train has a few stops, beginning the trip at Hythe, then calling at Dymchurch, St Mary’s Bay, New Romney, Romney Sands and finally Dungeness. You need to let the train driver know if you want to stop at any of these stations prior to leaving other wise it only stops at a few of these. Dungeness is the end of the line and home to a nuclear power plant and a beautiful lighthouse. The lighthouse is open for the public to walk up and explore, though unfortunately, closed when we visited. There is an old pub just a short walk away from where the train pulls up where you can go enjoy a drink and maybe some lunch.