Welcome to The Fifth Continent


Stretching between the counties of Kent and East Sussex, Romney Marsh is one of England’s most distinctive and unique landscapes. Much of the area lies below sea level and the landscape is one of wide fields, endless skies, meandering ditches, isolated farms and villages. At its southern tip is the great sweeping expanse of shingle which makes up the Dungeness peninsula, the largest shingle cusp in Europe.

The Ingoldsby Legends (1837) recognised the importance of Romney Marsh as a fifth continent through the statement ‘The world, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Romney Marsh’.

The Fifth Continent Landscape Partnership Scheme seeks to deliver a number of exciting projects based around three key themes to Restore, Rediscover and Reclaim Romney Marsh.

The projects aim to allow communities to acknowledge their surroundings and become involved, whilst protecting and celebrating all that makes Romney Marsh’s unique landscape so important and evocative.


All Fifth Continent events and activities have been postponed.

For all other events and activities please check with the organiser – see our What’s On page for more details.





To find out more including how to get involved contact the project team.