Ramsgate to Margate walk 2016-07-19. 4/10

Jul 20, 2016

On one of the hottest and sunniest days of the year decided to satisfy a long held aim of visiting Ramsgate and Margate. I traveled down on the bike which took about 2 and a half hours. Then from Margate took the train to Ramsgate which took about 10 minutes, with the plan to walk back to Margate along the coast path.

From the station

I walked to the Ramsgate harbour which has the original sea walk and the Custom House. The explanatory plaque explained that Ramsgate was created as a safe harbour.

The coastal walk is along the “Viking Trail” . Cue pictures of bearded man with horns sticking out of their leather helmets. The route tried as much as it can to follow the cliff top. However, at points there are private housing estate that cause the route to deviate inland for a short distance. Also, you can walk along the beach for stretches but the promenade adjacent to the beach does not “link up” between resorts as for example between Swanage, Poole and Bournemouth. So at Ramsgate I had to double back from the beach and climbs the steps to the closed path. This spoils the “sea view” experience. Also at a couple of points there are, how shall I say, “waste water outlets”. The outlets are as discrete as they can be but they have an odour even I can smell.

So the walk is disappointing,  but there are some lovely beaches along that stretch and if the weather holds this summer, and the post-Brexit vote keeps the pound low, maybe some British families will opt for a UK holiday?

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