A silent glide along the Napoleonic Royal Military Canal through the wildlife haven in this tranquil part of Kent is being launched.
You can take the boat trip to see butterflies and birds like the kingfisher, or go the extra mile on a new stretch of canal path which is being opened up beside the 200-year-old historic monument.
The path resurfaced by Kent County Council’s Countryside Access service offers better access for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It is hoped that this will attract more residents and visitors to enjoy the area’s timeless appeal.
The boat was bought for £19,000 by Shepway District Council to boost eco-tourism and will be operated by Allen Upward, who currently runs boat hire on the canal. A journey on La Tienne will offer a unique perspective on the canal and its abundant wildlife.
VIP guests will be gathering at West Hythe car park for the path’s official opening next Friday. Following the unveiling of an interpretation panel explaining the area’s wildlife and history, guests will make their way to The Boat Shed in Grove Road, Hythe, (CT21 6AX) for the official launch of the new boat at 12noon. La Tienne, a 10-seater, totally silent, electric boat starts her passenger service the following day.
Kent County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Customer and Communities. Avtar Sandhu, said: “The Royal Military Canal has a unique connection with the history and wildlife of this part of Kent.
“The improvements we have carried out on the canal path - together with the introduction of an electric boat service - will enhance opportunities for residents and visitors to get out and explore the area, whether they travel on foot, bike, horseback, or on water.”