The Viking Coastal Trail
32 miles (51.4km). On-road 46% - Off-road 54%. Linear
Whether you are an experienced cyclist
or a novice, you will find plenty to enjoy along the 32 mile
(51.4km) route on the Isle of Thanet, where Vikings first landed in
Britain in 449AD.
| Ride Easy (6 mph)
|| Ride Well (7-8 mph)
|| Ride Strong Plus+ (13-15 mph)
|5 hours 30 minutes*
*all times approximations.
Maps and guides
Download our guide for this route (PDF,
Download our printable map of the Viking Coastal Trail (PDF,
View this route on the Explore Kent interactive
View start point at St
Nicholas at Wade (CT7) for route on Google
Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 138, 150 cover
this route. Available from the Ordnance
Discover this route on our
free Explore Kent smartphone app.
The inland loop is on quiet lanes, taking in pretty Kentish
villages with ancient churches such as St. Nicholas at Wade and
Abbey, one of England's oldest inhabited buildings founded in
A short detour leads you to the 16 acre
Monkton Nature Reserve, an
important resource for the protection of wild flowers, including
At Ramsgate, the splendid Pugin Victorian church of St.
Augustine's Abbey is worth a visit, or enjoy a rest at one of the
many cafes overlooking the harbour and marina. Ramsgate Maritime
Museum is closed until further notice.
If you do not want to undertake the whole route, try the 9 mile
(almost traffic-free) stretch that follows the sea wall from
Margate to Reculver via Westgate-on-Sea and Birchington, Kent's
You can join this well-signed route directly opposite Margate
train station. Along the sea wall you will find plenty of
diversions, with slopes and steps to the cliff tops and down to the
popular beaches and rock pools.
section takes you along the cliff from Westgate-on-Sea to Epple Bay
where you rejoin the sea wall.
As you cycle from Broadstairs to Margate you pass Kent’s most
established surfing school at Joss Bay, see the picturesque Botany
Bay with its chalk stack and marvel at the new Turner Contemporary
art gallery overlooking Margate Harbour.
Minnis Bay is popular with swimmers, as well as sailors,
windsurfers and sea canoeists.
From here, the scenery changes with striking views of the flat
marshland as you approach the twin towers of Reculver Church, a few
miles east of Herne Bay.
To find out more about the area including attractions,
accommodation and events visit the Thanet Tourism Website.
Weather near start point
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More information on cycling in the area:
If you need to report a problem on this route
please call 03000 41 71 71 or use the online
reporting tool. You can then choose to receive regular updates
about the progress of your report.