May 7, 2021

Where to trail in Thanet during national walking month

May is national walking month in the UK

Where to trail in Thanet during national walking month

There’s no better way to celebrate National Walking Month than trekking across the Isle of Thanet. Here are some of the best trails to follow to get the most out of the Kent east coast.

Walk through History

Thanet is rich in history; it’s home to the only royal harbor in the UK and has links to Queen Victoria, Vincent Van Gogh, and Charles Dickens.

The four-mile Turner and Dickens walk connects the Turner Contemporary art gallery to Charles dickens’ ‘Bleak House’ along an ancient footpath, or enjoy some stunning gothic architecture along the Pugin Town Trial.

Keep the kids entertained

These walks are perfect for both older and younger minds to enjoy. There are digital interpretation plaques across the isle to look out for, which you can use to learn about Thanet’s unique history, rich heritage, and local secrets.

Or you can take on the geocaching challenge in Ramsgate, download the geocaching app and find the hidden ‘caches’ using GPS coordinates, collecting smileys along the way.

Take on the Viking Coastal Trail

The Viking coastal trail is the best route to see the amazing sights and views that Thanet offers. The 32-mile circular route takes you past stunning sandy beaches, chalk clifftops, and some of Thanet’s quaint rural villages.

Along the way are plenty of cafes and restaurants, where you can stop by for a refreshment and a well-earned rest.

Enjoy the local nature

Being beside the coast, Thanet has plenty of wildlife to offer. Pegwell Bay near Ramsgate is not only an enjoyable place to stroll, but there is also a bird hide; the bay is known for attracting a wide range of exciting birdlife.

Pegwell Bay nature reserve is also the only ancient dune pasture in Kent and comprises a complex group of habitats such as intertidal mudflats, saltmarsh, and shingle beach.

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