This interesting train takes you down the pier in Hythe to the ferry.
Hythe Pier, the Hythe Pier Railway and the Hythe Ferry provide a link between the English port city of Southampton and the Hampshire village of Hythe on the opposite side of Southampton Water. It is heavily used by commuters and shoppers from Hythe.
If you are travelling to Hythe by train from London you will need to leave from Charing Cross mainline station. Hythe does not have it's own named station, the nearest is Sandling but this will require a bus (not a great service) or taxi (£7) ride into the town centre.
The alternative is to go to Folkestone Central station and get a bus (around 15-20 mins) into Hythe.
The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway is the smallest gauge (15 inch) passenger railway in the world and runs 13.5 miles from Hythe to Dungeness. On the way it crosses the wild and windswept Romney Marshes, home of smugglers in days gone by and the setting for the Doctor Syn novels by Russell Thorndike.
It was built by two rich racing drivers, Capt JEP Howey and Count Louis Zborowski, and was opened in 1927. There are currently 13 steam and diesel locomotives in the fleet which is housed and maintained at the sheds and workshops at New Romney Station.
During the Winter months it is open only on a few weekends and for some school journeys on weekdays. From April to September it opens every day and is a popular tourist attraction with gala days and other special events arranged. First trains from Hythe depart around 10.30am, with trip to the other end of the line at Dungeness taking about 70 minutes. Single and return fares are available and also a £10.90 all day rover ticket.
Here is a list of main roads into Hythe.
From Folkestone you have the A259 coast road. Also you can get there by going on the B2062, the B2063 and the B2064 Cheriton which is just outside Folkestone.
From the moterway way leave at juntion 11 and follow signs to Hythe along the A261 London road
There are regular train services from London and Dover to Hythe, although the station is 3 miles away and is called confusingly - Sandling.
It is often easier to go to Folkestone West or Central stations and then get a bus back
If you alight at Sandling a local cab (tel 01303 252000) will cost about £3 to £5 depending on the time.