Viking Coastal Trail

The Viking Coastal Trail is a coastal route starting on the sea wall opposite Margate Station, winding westwards past spectacular chalk cliffs, sandy beaches, bays and rock pools to Reculver. Passable on foot subject to tides, but there is a short section on a clifftop road if necessary. Bikes can be hired in Margate.

This route takes you along the sea wall to Westgate-on-Sea, with access to cliff tops and beaches along the way, then along the clifftop road to Epple Bay, where you rejoin the sea wall to Minnis Bay.

Winding westwards towards spectacular chalk cliffs and pretty, sandy bays you will reach Reculver Country Park, internationally important for wildlife and used each winter by thousands of migratory birds.

Reculver Towers and Roman Fort is well worth a visit – the imposing twin towers of the medieval church dominate the skyline.

Historians believe that this was the site of one of the earliest Roman forts. As well as its historical interest, it’s an excellent picnic spot and there’s also a pub and café.

For those wanting to do the longer route, the trail eastwards is equally rewarding, with clifftop paths linking numerous bays and coves on the way to Broadstairs and Ramsgate.

The nostalgic charm of Broadstairs is hard to beat but if a lively seaside resort is what you’re after then Ramsgate should fit the bill.


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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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