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This 8-mile walk links the towns of Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate along the cliffs and beaches that characterise the Viking Coastal Trail in Kent. For much of the walk you’ll stroll along low chalk cliffs that deliver dramatic, sweeping views across the English Channel.
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The beaches are flat and sandy with beautiful chalk rock formations to discover, while much of the cliff-top walking takes place with a luscious carpet of grass beneath your feet.
All three historic towns have their own personalities and charms; with an interesting old town and harbour in Ramsgate, strong links at Broadstairs to Charles Dickens who frequently visited and walked along Viking Bay, and Margate’s sweeping harbour arm and art gallery.
This whole walk takes place on the Isle of Thanet, which is where the Vikings first landed in Kent, and the route between Ramsgate and Margate largely follows the Viking Coastal Trail. This route is popular with walkers and cyclists, but we recommend exploring it on foot so you have time to fully drink in the wonderful, historical surroundings.
This route was voted 100th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: Dramatic coastal scenery, historic towns, bloodthirsty Viking history and Charles Dickens’ favourite walks – all wrapped up in one stunning route.