Skip to page navigation | Using this site

Named logo with bird/fish/sandcastle (Thanet Coastal Path)Viking Coastal Trail

40 km / 25 miles

Kent
The Viking Coastal Trail is a 25-mile multi-user route around the Isle of Thanet, the point where Vikings first landed in Britain, keeping as close as is possible to the coast from Reculver, passing through Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate to reach Pegwell Bay where the Trail uses an inland loop on quiet lanes through pretty Kentish villages with ancient churches and passes Minster Abbey, one of Englandís oldest inhabited buildings founded in 670, to return. A downloadable leaflet is available from the website below.

The waymarked Thanet Coastal Path (20 miles and on OS mapping but no publication) is an often coincident linear route on the coastal section between the Thanet boundary near Reculver and Pegwell Bay that winds its way past sandy beaches and bays, often against a backdrop of spectacular chalk cliffs. Ramsgate and Margate are lively seaside resorts and Broadstairs has nostalgic charm. For walkers the obvious inland return is on the Saxon Shore Way but the nearest footpath link to Pegwell Bay is at Sandwich, making a much longer route: both the Trail and Path link with the Saxon Shore Way (and Wantsum Walks) at Reculver.


Details:

Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Named logo with bird/fish/sandcastle (Thanet Coastal Path) Waymark: Named logo with bird/fish/sandcastle (Thanet Coastal Path)
Attributes: Easy; Cycle Route; Coastal
Start:
TR264666 - St Nicholas at Wade, Kent
View on StreetMap
Finish:
TR227693 - Reculver Tower, Thanet, Kent
View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Thanet DC - Viking Coastal Trail
  Kent CC - Viking Coastal Trail
  Kent CC - Viking Coastal Trail - Interactive Map
  Kent CC - Viking Coastal Trail - PDF
  Kent CC - Viking Coastal Trail Map - PDF

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Leaflet: Viking Coastal Trail (Ramsgate Tourist Information Centre - 2001)

Maps:

You can use the interactive controls to zoom in and out and to move around the map, or click on a path or a marker for more info. (interactive map help)

Show Connected Paths
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Other Paths

Show Group Accommodation
Hostel Accommodation
B & B Accommodation
Hotels
Self-catering
Other

  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
   
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 179
OS Landranger Active: 179
OS Explorer: 150
OS Explorer Active: 150

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

Other: Mellands Farm Bed and Breakfast 4 Km
Hotels: Royal Harbour Hotel < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: Torwood House < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: Copperfields Guest House < 1 Km
Self-catering: Beeches Holiday Lets 2 Km
B & B Accommodation: East Horndon < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Devonhurst < 1 Km
Hotels: Smiths Court Hotel < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Malvern Guest House and Blues Grill < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Reading Rooms < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Alpha Hostel, Westbrook Bay, Margate, Kent < 1 Km
Hotels: The Hussar < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: Summerhouse 2 Km

Click to show 10 more Accommodations


Connected Paths:

Paths Marked on OS mapping: Saxon Shore Way; Wantsum Walks
Other Paths: Kent Coastline Walk; Thanet Coastal Path

Downloads:

GPS Exchange Format Route File: Viking Coastal Trail GPX Exchange Format Route File Login to Download
(Members Only)
MemoryMap Route file: Viking Coastal Trail Memory Map Route File Login to Download
(Members Only)
Tracklogs Route file: Viking Coastal Trail Tracklogs Route File Login to Download
(Members Only)

Route Profile:

48.8 Km (30.3 miles)
484 m (1,588 ft) ascent
41 m (135 ft)  maximum height