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Written by Christopher Ward - 28 Jul 2006
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Location notes
The crossing is on a country lane just west of Hythe on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.
Railway type and traffic
The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch run a fleet of 11 steam, 2 main line diesel and several other smaller diesel locos on the 15in gauge at speeds of up to 25mph, using bogie rolling stock and an assortment of freight wagons.
Environment
The location is isolated, although there is an access road to a water sports centre (private property) at the location. There is an outcrop of hills to the north but otherwise flat as it is on the Romney Marsh. There are fields all around, with a bridge over the river on the road 150 yards north of the crossing gives a good view of trains passing over the river.
Road directions
From the M20, Junction 11:
Follow the road south toward Hythe - pass the RHDR station in Hythe and turn right. Approximately 3 miles further on, there is a sign for the Botloph's Bridge inn. Turn down this road and you will find the railway 1 mile on, with a turn in just before the crossing on the right hand side.
A259 from Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings - pass through New Romney, St Marys Bay and Dymchurch. Around 1 1/2 miles further on you will find the turning.

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Botolph's Bridge Level Crossing map co-ordinates
Parking
There is space to leave the car alongside the access road.
Public transport
Only with a very long walk from Hythe or Dymchurch.

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Amenities
There are no amenities in the immediate area, although there is an inn about 15-20 mins walk north and the main road to Hythe and Dymchurch to the south. In Dymchurch and Hythe, with takeaways, pubs, toilets. The nearest supermarket is Sainsburys at New Romney.
Accommodation
There are plenty of hotels in Hythe, Folkstone, Hastings.
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Botolph's Bridge Level Crossing

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Photographic notes
Trains from both directions are visible before they reach the crossing, especially Dymchurch to Hythe workings. The level crossing will be equipped with half barriers shortly so one photographic angle will be gone, although the fields and car parking area are good vantage points. There is also a bridge over the river on the road 150 yards north of the crossing, which gives a good view of trains passing over the river. The area is suitable for videographers.
The light is generally good throughout the day, although early morning and late afternoon photos can be hampered by the sun during the winter.


General views - All photographs © Christopher Ward unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south west


Fig 1 - Looking south west


Fig 2 - Looking north east


Fig 2 - Looking north east


Fig 3 - Looking south west


Fig 3 - Looking south west


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