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

40 km / 25 miles

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.


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Named logo with bird/fish/sandcastle (Thanet Coastal Path)
Named logo with bird/fish/sandcastle (Thanet Coastal Path)
Easy; Cycle Route; Coastal
TR264666 - St Nicholas at Wade, Kent
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TR227693 - Reculver Tower, Thanet, Kent
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Viking Coastal Trail (Ramsgate Tourist Information Centre - 2001)
External PDF
Viking Coastal Trail (Map) (Kent County Council - 2012)


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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Royal Harbour Hotel  (bookable online)
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12 Km
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Torwood House  (bookable online)
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15 Km
B & B Accommodation
East Horndon  (bookable online)
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16 Km
Smiths Court Hotel  (bookable online)
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21 Km
B & B Accommodation
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21 Km
The Hussar  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
24 Km

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Route Profile:

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