Normally I would say walking from Ramsgate to Margate is an excellent walk
On a good day walking from Ramsgate to Margate is a real treat. The walk started off reasonably well, The weather was a bit dreary and cold but as we started in Ramsgate and walked along the coast to Broadstairs there weren’t any real threats of bad weather. It had been a while since I had been on a coastal walk and was looking forward to it.
The first port of call was Broadstairs
Being eager to get on with the walk- we didn’t hang about for too long. It had been a long time since I had visited Broadstairs and there is a wide range of new craft bars and cafes to choose from. The next walk in the area will end in Broadstairs.!
It was too early in the day to start sampling beers in craft bars, instead, we opted for a tea parlor. I tried the Victoria cake-flavored green tea and a slice of vegan Victoria cake, I hadn’t come across so many different teas before and it made a nice change. Although I wasn’t as keen on the 1930’s jazz music! https://bessiesteaparlour.co.uk/menu/
Bleak House at Broadstairs
Ramsgate Broadstairs and Margate come under the umbrella of the Isle of Thanet coastline.
Away from the main tourist attraction of the towns, there are over 10 little bays from Viking Bay at Broadstairs, leading to Stone Bay & Botany bay heading into Margate. As we walked from Stone Bay to Kingsgate Bay, the clouds came over black and heavy, the hail lashed out and the winds gushed up to mph against us. This was not in the BBC weather forecast.!
On a good day, the bays are good to swim in and Joss Bay seems to be the most popular.
Joss Bay has good facilities including toilets and a cafe and is suitable for families. If my memory serves me well I think it was Kingsgate Bay that I swam in, many moons ago. There was little chance of that happening today.
The beach is reputedly named after an eighteenth-century smuggler, Joss Snelling. He was notorious for importing a variety of contraband to the various beaches of the Isle of Thanet in the late 1800s.
Before we get to Joss Bay there is an interesting lighthouse just off the coastal road. Fields either side of it are growing what looked like cabbages.
The North Foreland Lighthouse has quite a history,
It was built in 1691 but previously a less efficient single candle in a lantern hoisted onto poles was set up in 1636!. It was the last lighthouse to be automated and is now controlled from Harwich in Essex.
At this point, the weather changed and we walked across the cliff tops towards Margate
Our scarves were firmly up over our noses, our heads were down most of the time. I struggled to take photos as 50 miles per hour winds and hailstone blew against us. This wasn’t fun!
Any thoughts of having a fun evening in Margate were shattered. Better days out can be found in my coastal walks blog below; as well in my archives you can read all of my blogs from 2012. Coastal walks
Better times are out there somewhere but who knows when all this Pandemic will come to an end. Could take years. Do any of you out there have any interesting experiences or worst walks you might like to share? Please do
In the meantime. Here is a link to a PDF version of the coastal walk, Ramsgate to Margate Beach Roamer