CLASSIC EAST KENT COAST

Ramsgate to Margate, Kent

9.2 miles / 14.8 km

HIGHLIGHTS

Ramsgate| Beach Huts | Cliff views | Dumpton Gap | Broadstairs | Kingsgate Bay| Great views | White Cliffs | Beach walking | Margate

East Cliff, Ramsgate

Introduction

Combine bracing cliff-top or beach walking with opportunities for swimming, rock pooling and ice cream on this classic route along the coast between English seaside towns. Look out for the local population of rose-ringed parakeets in Ramsgate as you head along the coast to the traditional resort of Broadstairs, a regular getaway for young Princess Victoria in the early 19th century. From here, there are sweeping views from the cliffs or an adventurous tramp along the beach (subject to the tide) to Margate, where you can have a dip in the sea or lido complex, or even take a look around Turner Contemporary, the town’s seafront art gallery.

Directions overview

The walk can be completed Margate to Ramsgate to visa versa, and the direction you choose may depend on the tides. The whole route can be walked at high or low tide but it is only possible to walk on the beach itself on a falling or low tide, so this may influence which direction you walk. There are ramps and steps at various points to reach the cliffs or beach.

Please check tide times carefully when planning your walk https://www.tidetimes.org.uk/

Route details

Start Ramsgate Station South Eastern Railway
End Margate Station South Eastern Railway
OS Route  WALKING POST Ramsgate to Margate
Difficulty Easy
Length 9.2 miles
Average time 4-5 hours
Total ascent 711 ft

Beach Huts, Dumpton Gap

Broadstairs Harbour

Broadstairs Beach

Kingsgate Bay

Palm Bay

Margate

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WHY NOT TRY

Thanet Coastal Path
This route is part of the Thanet path that runs for 20 miles from Reculver to Pegwell bay. It covers the longest continuous stretch of coastal chalk coastline in the country and features many Blue Flag beaches.

Shorter Walks
You can stop or start the walk at Broadstairs to walk either direction for a shorter walk. Broadstairs (station) to Ramsgate is 3.8 miles and the prettier Broadstairs to Margate is 5.5 miles approx.

By Car
You can park at either Margate or Ramsgate, complete the walk and get the train back to pick up your car. Trains take approx 15 minutes and are fairly frequent.

TRANSPORT

From London the quickest trains run on Southeastern’s High Speed service from St Pancras. There is also a slower stopping service from Victoria or Charing Cross which is often cheaper.

TOILET OPPORTUNITIES

Both Ramsgate and Margate stations have customer toilets. There are also public toilets along the seafront promenade in Broadstairs, and at the main beaches of Dumpton Gap, Stone Bay and Joss Bay.

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ALONG THE WAY

Ramsgate Tunnels
Originally constructed as a railway line to connect the harbour station with what is now the mainline station on the other side of town, the Ramsgate Tunnels eventually played a crucial role during WWII. On 24th August 1940, 500 bombs were dropped on the town in just 5 minutes. But over 300 families were living here permanently by this time and thousands of lives were saved.

Broadstairs
This quintessentially English seaside resort boasts a lovely promenade with some great ice cream parlours, two Blue Flag beaches and Bleak House, where Charles Dickens wrote his masterpiece David Copperfield. Dickens was a regular summer visitor to the town and described it as “Our English watering place”.

Turner Contemporary
Built on the site of the boarding house where JMW Turner stayed while visiting Margate, this art gallery, which opened in 2011, is inspired by the life and work of the celebrated English artist. Entrance is free and the gallery offers a full program of temporary exhibitions. There’s also an interesting shop and a café.

FOOD AND DRINK

Sam’s Bar
Overlooking the beach at Dumpton Gap, Sam’s Bar offers hot and cold drinks, rolls and salads.

Morelli’s Gelato 
Very popular ice cream parlour located along the seafront promenade. This is a Broadstairs institution, dating back to 1932.

The Lighthouse Bar
Located on the end of Margate’s Harbour Arm with great views back over the seafront. Good place for an al fresco drink.

 

There are plenty of other cafés, pubs and restaurants in both Margate and Ramsgate, depending on which way round you walk the route.