Viking Coastal Trail

The Viking Coastal Trail begins at the village of Cliffsend near Ramsgate. It travels northwards along Kent's coastline, passing spectacular chalk cliffs, sandy beaches, bays and rock pools to reach Reculver. Pay attention to tide times when reaching Reculver, or use a short section of path on the clifftop road if necessary.

The Viking Coastal Trail begins near Ramsgate alongside Sandwich and Pegwell Bay.

It follows clifftop paths to link numerous bays and coves on the way to Ramsgate and Broadstairs.

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.

The Viking Trail takes you through Margate and along the sea wall to Westgate-on-Sea, with access to cliff tops and beaches along the way.

Follow the Viking Coastal Trail as it winds westwards towards spectacular chalk cliffs and pretty, sandy bays to reach Reculver Country Park.

This park is internationally important for wildlife and is 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.


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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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