Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a novice, you’ll find
plenty to enjoy along the 29 mile (46km) route on the Isle of
Thanet peninsular, the point where Vikings first landed in Britain.
the viking coastal trail
The coastal section from Pegwell Bay to Reculver winds its way past
sandy beaches and bays, often against a backdrop of spectacular chalk
cliffs. Ramsgate and Margate are lively seaside resorts, but it’s hard to
beat the nostalgic charm of Broadstairs.
The inland loop is on quiet lanes, taking in pretty Kentish villages with
ancient churches and passing Minster Abbey, one of England’s oldest
inhabited buildings founded in 670.
If you don’t want to undertake the whole route, try the 9 mile trafficfree stretch that follows the seawall from Margate to Reculver.
You can join this well-signed route on the sea wall directly opposite
Margate train station. Along the sea wall to Westgate-on-Sea you’ll find
plenty of diversions, with slopes and steps to the cliff tops and down to
the beaches and rock pools.
The only on-road section takes you along the cliff from Westgate-onSea to Epple Bay where you rejoin the sea wall. You can avoid the road
by cutting across the foreshore, but cyclists will have to carry their bikes
– and risk getting their feet wet if they get the tide wrong!
Minnis Bay is popular with swimmers, as well as sailors, windsurfers and
sea canoeists. From here the scenery changes with striking views of the
flat marshland as you approach Reculver, a few miles east of Herne Bay.
Maps Courtesy Of Kent County Council