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Turner and Dickens Walk

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Take a walk along the 4 mile route between Turner's Margate and Dickens' Broadstairs. Much of the Turner and Dickens walk follows an ancient footpath between St Peter's and St John's churches and the walk is signposted in both directions. Start at Margate Harbour Arm next to Turner Contemporary Gallery or on Broadstairs promenade outside Dickens House Museum.

Scenes from Turner's and Dickens' works, lives and times are displayed at three points along the route. Working with local children and other residents, Broadstairs mosaic artist Martin Cheek has installed a series of colourful panels in Margate and Broadstairs. 

Celebrate the connections Margate has with artist JMW Turner, the famous sunset paintings and Broadstairs with writer Charles Dickens who spent his holidays in the town. Along the way you'll also be able to see Drapers Mill and Crampton Tower Museum, and pass through parts of Thanet that are steeped in archaeological history.

The route has been checked by local volunteers as being accessible to all, and if you don't fancy walking both ways, there are frequent buses running between the two towns.

For the children why not have a go at the Turner and Dickens colouring sheets and see who is hiding amongst the mosaic

Download a copy of the route leaflet

  • Walking from Margate to Broadstairs: Between points 1-6 about a mile, about 1.5 mile on to point 7 and to point 11 about 1.5 miles
  • Walking from Broadstairs to Margate: Between points 11 - 7 about 1.5 miles, about 1.5 miles on to point 6 and to point 1 about 1 mile 


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