Planning a walking or cycling holiday, or just looking to do some cycling and walking as part of your time away? Thanet’s wide open skies entice you to get out into the great outdoors. Glorious sunsets, a beautiful shoreline and easily accessible trails allow year-round explorations, whether you’re looking for adventure or merely a gentle ambling tour.
In many ways the best way to enjoy exploring Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate – and the surrounding villages, countryside and glorious beaches – is by “Shank’s Pony” or on your beautiful bicycle….
First off check out the Viking Coastal Trail. This 32-mile (51.4km) walking and cycling route circles the Isle, taking in the spectacular chalk cliffs as well as quiet lanes, passing the Turner Contemporary, Pugin’s Grange, Minster Abbey and the coast path from Pegwell Bay to Cold Harbour. There’s no need to do the whole trail in one go, start and stop where you like, there are diversions aplenty all the way round.
What about joining one of the St Peter’s Village Walking Tours, – where costumed guides reveal the history of the ancient village of St Peter’s, adjacent to the town of Broadstairs. To start the tour all you need to do is walk about twenty minutes from the heart of the town to the churchyard at the heart of the village where the tour begins (go to the Churchyard of St. Peter’s Parish Church by the main entrance on Church Street, Broadstairs, CT10 2TR). Find out all about the tours which cover several different themes on their website.
Alternatively, the very lovely and super-knowledgeable volunteers at the information kiosk in Broadstairs also offer guided tours of the town itself. The kiosk is situated on the seafront at the bottom of the High Street, just at the back of the Royal Albion Hotel’s garden. At the time of writing the walking tours take place on Saturday and Sunday each week at 2pm but this is just until the end of August 2015. The Town Council website is generally up to date but do go and talk to the Info Kiosk when you get here, they’ll have the best, most current, information on these walks, as well as anything else you might want to ask about the local area.
Pick up a leaflet for the Broadstairs Town Trail while you’re there and you can use the guide to take yourself and your family on an informative walk around our delightful seaside town to help orientate yourselves during your stay.
If you’ve walked and walked and pedalled till you can’t walk or cycle any more – or you just fancy doing something completely different – look out for the Margate Rickshaw offering free trips at weekends and school holidays around the Old Town and seafront, picking up at the station and outside Turner Contemporary Gallery. Margate station is just 5 mins from Broadstairs by train, so hop on over there. Train times are on the Southeastern Railways site. You can of course also drive or get the bus or even walk over there (though walking the coastal route will take you around two hours).
Hmmm…. go on, get those boots brushed off, pump up those tires, there’s a world of seaside loveliness here for you and your family to enjoy, get that holiday booked today! You can check availability of our lovely self catering accomodation in Broadstairs by using the form on our home page. We hope we might see you here soon.
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