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Walking the Ramsgate Kent Coast

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Organised walking on the Kent coast has never been so well run

walking on the Kent coast
It’s a brave person who says they've seen all that Ramsgate and the surrounding area has to offer. Steeped in over 300 years of history and blessed with some truly remarkable architecture and natural wildlife - not to mention the only ‘Royal’ harbour in the UK - there is a great deal to discover, experience and enjoy.

The Active Ramsgate programme includes new routes on the Kent coast that have been created to help walkers experience as much of the attractions as possible – as easily as possible.
“There’s nothing I like better than a weekend by the coast, walking, biking, relaxing.”
Nicholas Crane, Presenter of the BBC Coast series

New walks on the Kent coast you can view online today:

1 - The Contra Trail - Ramsgate to Pegwell Bay

The Contra Trail
A Royal Harbour with the common touch. An English monument to a Viking invasion. A nature reserve you’ll want to shout about. Whatever you think you know about the South East coast, get ready to think again, because this is a route that’s brimming with fascinating contradictions.

Distance: 6.1 miles (9.8km) one-way including Nature Reserve loop - allow 3 hours


2 - Sea It All - Ramsgate to Broadstairs

Ramsgate to Broadstairs
If you enjoy the sea, you will love this coast hugging, cliff topping, café cruising circuit from Active Ramsgate. Like all the trails in the programme, this route goes the extra mile to delight and surprise. From the beautiful Italian Gardens to the breath taking views across Viking Bay, every step leads to something special you can enjoy.

Distance: 5 miles (8km) circular - allow 2.5 hours for the circular and 1.5 hours one way


3 - Ramsgate Town Rounders - Regency, Royal & Riviera

Ramsgate Town Rounders
Walking doesn’t have to be all compasses and yomps across the countryside. In fact, with a little imagination and the right routes, a stroll through an historic town like Ramsgate can be just as satisfying. With two circuits, numerous attractions and an impressive list of discount partner cafés, bars, shops and places of interest to explore, Town Rounders is definitely a path worth following.

Distance: Loop 1 - 1.4 miles (2.3km) - allow 45 minutes; Loop 2 - 2 miles (3.2km) - allow 1 hour


4 - Beach Roamer - Ramsgate to Margate

Beach Roamer
A beautiful beach ramble from Active Ramsgate, taking in the best of the Isle of Thanet’s coastline from the Royal Harbour of Ramsgate, right around the corner of the English coastline to the vibrant seaside town of Margate, home of Turner Contemporary. This route takes in some spectacular views across no less than nine bays, and stunning cliffs interspersed with wild flowers and vegetation – truly one of the most stunning walks in Kent.

Distance: 6.8 miles (11km) one-way - allow 3.5 to 4 hours


5 - The Way of St. Augustine - Ramsgate to Canterbury

The “Way of St Augustine” is designed to be walked between the Shrine of St Augustine in Ramsgate, and the historic pilgrim city of Canterbury.

The route includes places which are significant to the story of St. Augustine in Kent, as well as historic churches, and other pilgrim destinations.

Distance: 19 miles (30.5km) one-way - allow a long day


6 - England Coast Path - Ramsgate to Camber

The Kent stretch of the England Coast Path was opened in 2016. Stretching from Camber in East Sussex to Ramsgate, this linear section takes you through stunning coastal scenery from outstanding views to wonderful seaside market towns and villages.

Your walk starts in Ramsgate, home to the wonderful Ramsgate sands, Royal Harbour and niche independent cafes and tearooms just waiting to be discovered in the arches surrounding the harbour!

Distance: 66 miles (106km) one-way - allow several days at a leisurely pace

7 - Augustine Camino - Rochester Cathedral to Ramsgate

It takes just one first step to become a pilgrim.

The Augustine Camino pilgrim walk is full of beauty, wonder, sharing and tradition; from Rochester Cathedral to Canterbury Catherdral, then from Stodmarsh, along the River Stour, past St. Augustine's Cross to the Shrine of St Augustine in Ramsgate.

You can walk for a day or a week in company or alone. The important thing is to take that first step. All you need to plan your pilgrimage is here.

Distance: 62 miles (100km) one-way

Ramsgate Town Trails

More Walks and Trails

There are a number of existing activities you can also enjoy, including seven Ramsgate Town Trails and four costumed guided walks provided free of charge by the Ramsgate Society.

The Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage have created a Town Trail, detailing the history of the Town with iconic landmarks of Ramsgate. 

Each one tells a different story of the history of Ramsgate and the people that helped to shape it.

For more walks in Kent visit the excellent Explore Kent Website.  You can also download the Explore Kent App for free, available from the app store. Browse and save the walks straight to your phone - perfect if you have no mobile reception and no need for printed leaflets.