GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ramsgate to Margate Walk

8 miles (12.8 km)

A popular coastal walk along a section of the Thanet Coastal Path between Ramsgate and Margate. In ITV's Britain's favourite walks this hike along the Kent coast featured in the top 100 in 2018.
It's a fairly easy walk with interesting towns, pretty beaches and some great clifff top views.
Starting next to Ramsgate pier head north to the pretty town of Broadstairs. The seaside resort has strong connections with Charles Dickens who spent summer holidays in the town. It's a very pretty town with lots of nice cafes and ice cream parlours for refreshments.
Continue north and you will come to North Foreland lighthouse and Kingsgate with its 18th century cliff top castle. It's a photogenic spot with the castle and lighthouse located close together. You can enjoy great views over the North Sea from the attractive headland.
The route then rounds Foreness Point before passing Palm Bay and finishing in Margate. Here you will find the Turner Contemporary Gallery located on the same site as the boarding house whereJ. M. W. Turnerstayed when visiting the town. To extend the walk you can continue west to Westgate-on-Sea and Birchington. Around here you can pick up the long distance Wantsum Walk and head inland to explore the beautiful Kent countryside around St Nicholas at Wade.
At the Ramsgate end you can visit the lovely Pegwell Bay Country Park where there are great bird watching opportunities. You can also pick up the epic Saxon Shore Way and enjoy a riverside walk along the River Stour.

Postcode

CT11 8LP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Ramsgate to Margate OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ramsgate to Margate Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Northern Belle is Margate's oldest pub, dating back to 1680. It is named after an American merchant ship which ran aground off North Foreland in 1857 and whose crew are believed to have stayed in the pub after being rescued by the local lifeboat. It is home to the noteworthy Khmer Kitchen which serves Cambodian food amongst the low ceilings, original beams and solid wood flooring of this characterful pub. You can find them on Mansion Street with a postcode of CT9 1HE for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate is a nice place to visit at the end of the walk. 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.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Ramsgate beach

Ramsgate beach

Bayside promenade Royal Albion Hotel patio at Broadstairs Kent England

Bayside promenade Royal Albion Hotel patio at Broadstairs. The patio and beer garden of the Royal Albion Hotel on the upper promenade overlooking Viking Bay and jetty during the 2016 Broadstairs Folk Week.

Foreness Point, Cliftonville - geograph.org.uk - 528658

Foreness Point, Cliftonville

Kingsgate Castle - geograph.org.uk - 518876

Kingsgate Castle and Kingsgate Bay viewed from near the Captain Digby. The Castle was built for Lord Holland (Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland) in the 1760s. It is now residential and private.

North Foreland Lighthouse - geograph.org.uk - 39652

North Foreland Lighthouse. Built in 1691. Height 26 Metres.

The Viking Coastal Path near Botany Bay - geograph.org.uk - 1473968

The Viking Coastal Path near Botany Bay

Cliff Promenade, Hope Point - geograph.org.uk - 1474108

Cliff Promenade, Hope Point

Boats at low tide in the harbour of Margate Kent England 2

Boats at low tide in the harbour of Margate.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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