GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Margate to Broadstairs Coastal Walk

6 miles (9 km)

This walk follows a section of the Thanet Coastal Path between these two major Kent towns. You'll pass a number of pretty beaches and bays including the popular Botany Bay. It's also an area with connections to Charles Dickens, with the walk passing Bleak House, the former home of the famous 19th century author. The walk is fairly easy going with most of the route taking place on flat, waymarked footpaths.
The walk starts in Margate near to the train station. You head east along the beach passing the noteworthy Turner Contemporary Gallery. Itis situated onthe seafront, on the same site as the boarding house whereJ. M. W. Turnerstayed when visiting the town.
You continue past Walpole Bay to Palm Bay in Cliftonville where you will often see water skiingand jet skis.Shortly after you come to Foreness Point which extends a short distance into the entrance of theThames Estuary. It sits just to the west of Botany Bay, a popular spot with its lovely beach and notable chalk cliffs.
After enjoying Botany Bay, the path continues to Kingsgate Bay where you will pass Kingsgate Castle. The castle was built for Lord Holland in the 1760s as the stable block of his nearby country residence Holland House. The castle sits just to the north of the chalk headland of North Foreland where there's a fine lighthouse and good views over the North Sea.
The final section heads south past Joss Bay to Broadstairs and Bleak House. The house was built in 1801 and resides on a cliff overlooking North Forelandand Viking Bay.Charles Dickensspent summer holidays at the house in the 1850s and 1860s and wroteDavid Copperfield there.
Broadstairs is a very attractive seaside resort with a nice beach, good cafes and two 1950's ice-cream parlours calledMorelli'sandChiappini's. There's also a number of good museums including theDickens House Museum where you can see a variety of Dickens memorabilia including letters written about Broadstairs, his writing box and mahogany sideboard. In June, there is a week-longDickens Festivalwith costumed characters, talks and plays.

Margate to Broadstairs Coastal Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Margate to Broadstairs Coastal Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate is a nice place to visit on the route. It's free to enter and located right on the sea front. Founded to celebrate JMW Turner’s connection to Margate in 2001, the David Chipperfield designed gallery opened in 2011. There's a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions and wide windows showcasing the views that inspired painterJ. M. W. Turner. The artist went to school in Margate, and visited the town throughout his life. The gallery also houses a nice cafe which is a good spot for refreshments after your exercise.

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Beach, Margate - - 1473126

Margate Beach. The beach is generally very busy on warm summer days. The town is also home to the iconicDreamlandamusement park. The heritage park includes vintage rides and notably the country's oldest wooden roller coaster.

Al fresco eating at The Parade in Margate Kent England

Al fresco eating at The Parade in Margate. In the 80s and 90s the town went into something of a decline along with other British seaside resorts. However, recent efforts are being made to revitalise the area with extra investment.

Palm Bay, Cliftonville - - 528656

Palm Bay, Cliftonville

Foreness Point, Cliftonville - - 528658

Foreness Point, Cliftonville

Chalk cliffs behind Botany Bay - - 1031304

Chalk cliffs behind Botany Bay

Foreness Point from Botany Bay (low tide) - - 248364

Foreness Point from Botany Bay (low tide)

Natural Arch, Kingsgate Bay - - 1475560

Natural Arch, Kingsgate Bay

Bleak House and Viking Bay beach and buildings at Broadstairs Kent England

Bleak House and Viking Bay beach, Broadstairs. In the 19th century Charles Dickens wroteDavid Copperfield here. TheBroadstairs Dickens Festivalis held every June in honour of the famous novelist. You can see a play performed and local people dressed in period costume.


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