3.3 of 5 (53 votes)

A day at the seaside - Margate to Ramsgate

A moderate walk (coast) starting and finishing in Kent, England, about 14.00km (8.70 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 67m (219ft)
Descent 36m (118ft)
Max. Elevation 50m (164ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 103m (337ft)
Distance 14.00km
Duration ~4:15h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 27 Jan 2010
This walk explores two vintage British seaside towns - Margate and Ramsgate, on the Kent coast. The sandy beaches here have been popular with Londoners for many, many years, but rather than sit in a deckchair with a string vest and a spotted hanky on your head, enjoy a section of the Thanet Coastal Path and explore the region a little more deeply.

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From the station, head down to Nayland Rock, where this coastal walk starts in earnest. From here, there are great views over Westbrook Bay, one of the sandy stretches that attract visitors from far and wide. But especially London.
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Continue past the small harbour to the northeast of Margate. The Thanet Coastal Path hugs the top of the cliff for most of the way, so navigation is easy - keep the sea on your left and you won't go far wrong.
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
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Breath in that fresh sea air....one of the reasons city folk have been heading here for over 250 years. It must have made a refreshing change from the smog!
About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
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This minature golf course is - according to those who know about these things - one of the best in the UK. Just nearby is Foreness Point, famous for its tall chalk cliffs. Beyond is the Captain Digby pub - perfect for a lunchtime half or two.
About 2.09 km (~1.3 miles) from
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Things get a little quieter near Kingsgate, as you leave Cliftonville behind. Stick to the coastal path along the clifftop - much better for the views across the sand and rock below.
About 1.72 km (~1.07 miles) from
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See that large white tower coming into view? That's North Foreland Lighthouse, that is.
About 0.82 km (~0.51 miles) from
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The next town you pass through is Broadstairs. This is another popular seaside town on the Isle of Thanet. It's perhaps best known as the place where Charles Dickens lived - his house is near the path.
About 1.36 km (~0.85 miles) from
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The section of the route through Ramsgate is perhaps the most fascinating - a thriving seaside town, but also spectacular scenery.
About 2.27 km (~1.41 miles) from
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Continue around the seafront to the harbour, which likes to call itself the Royal Marina Harbour. Be suitably impressed, then head into town to find a pint of Ramsgate Ale....
About 1.86 km (~1.16 miles) from
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...and you could do worse than head for the Artillery Arms for said pint. It's on the way back to Ramsgate Station, on West Cliff Road.
About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
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Head back via Ellington Park to Ramsgate Station for the train home after a lovely day beside the seaside.
About 1.16 km (~0.72 miles) from

3 comments... join the discussion!

Tim Woods
09 Feb 2018
Walks With Dogs

Hi Rose, I am not 100% sure, as a lot of beaches put restrictions on walking with dogs on beaches in the summer months. However, this one is mostly above the shore, so it should be fine. The best people to ask would be Margate Tourist Information: www.visitthanet.co.uk

07 Feb 2018
Walk With Dogs

Hi. Is this walk suitable for dogs all year round?

Adam B
17 Apr 2014

Great walk suggestion ... will be using it in a couple of weekends time. Thanks

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