Thanet is famous for its beautiful coast – and something that comes with that is breathtaking coastal walks! With a handful of different trails and routes around the coast, beauty will be at every corner as you discover the natural wonder of Thanet’s exquisite and historic coastline.
Thanet Coastal Path
The Thanet Coastal Path was set up in the late 1990s to provide a great way of walking alongside Thanet’s beautiful coastline, with many information plaques and boards dotted throughout your journey as you venture around the coast. Surrounded by beautiful nature, you’ll surely have a great time exploring the trail – you might even see some seals near Pegwell Bay!
The Thanet Coastal Path starts in Margate – home of Dreamland, the Turner Contemporary, and one of the oldest seaside resorts in the country! There’s always enough time to explore Margate’s Old Town – from cute vintage shops to a classic chippy, there’s something for everyone!
As you move along to Broadstairs, you’ll feel the influence of Charles Dickens. With some of the best pubs in Thanet, a bite to eat won’t be off the cards!
Then to Ramsgate, the only Royal Harbour in Britain. With large establishments for a bite for dinner and many harbour-side cafes and restaurants, your stomach will be glad for all of the walking.
You’ll also be able to walk through Pegwell Nature Reserve, a hub for marine life, wings and fins alike. The Thanet Coast, together with Pegwell Bay is an internationally important asset for wintering birds, the marine life associated with chalk caves, reefs and sandy bays. The area is a designated European Marine Site, and now includes Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).
The Viking Coastal Trail
The Viking Coastal Trail links in with the Thanet Coastal Path. In many places, the coastal path has been upgraded as part of a longer Viking Coastal Trail which measures 27 miles long which roughly encircles the former Isle of Thanet from the coast (Reculver to Pegwell Bay), to the inland villages of Minster, Monkton and St Nicholas-at-Wade. Many locals enjoy cycling this trail and ending with a drink at a nearby pub.
As some of the coastal paths around Thanet are on cliff tops, readers must be aware of taking precaution while on the Thanet Coastal Path, especially if walking in adverse weather – high winds/rain etc.
To learn more about the coastal trails in Thanet, you can visit the Thanet Coast website, here – http://thanetcoast.org.uk/