Viking Coastal Trail

One of the most attractive circular leisure cycle routes in Kent, covering 32 miles (51.4km), taking in the coast of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate before heading inland through the surrounding villages.

Offering family friendly cycling on level, traffic free promenades and broad sea walls, or along leisurely country lanes.

Divide the trail up into the manageable sections and you’ll find a variety of fantastic days out. The route passes an array of popular attractions: the Viking Ship 'Hugin' at Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate Maritime Museum, Dickens House in Broadstairs, Turner Contemporary at Margate and St Augustine's Cross marking the site where the first Mass is reported to have been held in 597AD.

Along the route there are plenty of places to stop for a rest to enjoy a drink or meal. If you aer in Ramsgate look out for information on Active Ramsgate

For a copy of the route and leaflet supporting the route please click here

The route is also known as the Regional Cycle Network 15 and well signed throughout with the trail logo

Cycle Hire

  • BikeShed -71 Canterbury Road, Margate, CT9 5AS Tel: 01843 228866
  • Broadstairs Bike Hire - 17 Lloyd Road, Broadstairs CT10 1HZ Tel: 01843 447669
  • Ken’s Bike Shop - 28 Eaton Road, Margate, CT9 1XA Tel: 01843 221422
  • Viking Coastal Trail Cycle Hire - The Parade, Minnis Bay, Birchington, CT7 9QR Tel: 07772 037609

To find out more about the route see the Explore Kent website

To find out more about cycling visit the Explore Kent website

**Westgate Sea Defence Work***
Work began on Thursday 5 March on Thanet District Council’s scheme to reconstruct sections of sea wall in the North Thanet area.

The project is fully funded by the Environment Agency, and will focus on the refurbishment of three separate lengths of existing concrete sea wall between Grenham Bay and St Mildred’s Bay.

The plan is to complete this project as quickly as possible with minimum disruption to residents. Due to the scale of the work however some disruption is likely at times and for safety it will be necessary to close sections of the beach or promenade to the public. The completed scheme will have a life of at least 50 years and will ensure the sea defences and public recreational route are maintained.

For more information about the scheme, including maps and contact details, please visit  the North Thanet Sea Wall Construction scheme web pages