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Viking Trail-from Margate to Ramsgate via Broadstairs!

Hosted by the Consul of the London Countryside Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Sat 06 Apr 08:30 - 19:00

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Romans, Saints and Saxons landed here, artists and writers drew inspiration here, so join our hike and discover why visitors have been coming to the Isle of Thanet for centuries! The endpoint is Ramsgate a grand seaside town with a fantastic beach, and a Royal Harbour packed full of small niche restaurants to discover.

Unlike many coastal paths, this route is almost entirely flat, with none of the ups and downs you can find elsewhere, so it’s pretty easy going. This is partly thanks to squat bridges that traverse the chines; the man-made gaps dug out by farmers to access seaweed but which were quickly exploited by smugglers.

The coastal scenery is often strikingly beautiful and is a reminder that while the White Cliffs of Dover hog the headlines and the wartime melodies, the same stirring geology runs unbroken along this coastline.

Highlights:

See The Viking Ship ‘Hugin’, a replica of the Protected content , which sailed from Denmark to Thanet to mark the Protected content anniversary of the invasion of Britain.

Admire St Augustine’s Cross which marks a piece of ancient local legend; it`s said that this is the spot where St Augustine met with King Ethelbert nearly 1,500 years ago and where the first mass was held.

Explore the landscape that inspired famous figures including
Charles Dickens and Thomas Crampton on this ride to nostalgic Broadstairs.

Along the sweeping clifftops at Pegwell Bay, you’ll see the architectural splendor of St Augustine’s Church, designed
by the great Gothic revivalist architect Augustus Welby
Northmore Pugin.

Distance: 15 km ( 9.3 miles)

Total ascent: Protected content

Toughness 3/10

Train tickets are not included, but the price with a groupsave will be £21.65.

MEETING TIME AND PLACE

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LUNCH

We'll continue on then stop for lunch in Charles Dickens pub at the historic town of Broadstairs (the place may be very busy so just in case, take packed lunches with you).

Those that would like to will have time to visit the famous Morelli’s ice-cream.

Approximate return to time London 7pm.

What to bring:

- good pair of walking shoes or boots,
- waterproofs
- snacks, lots of water
- cash for the train tickets