Following the Thanet Coastal Path is a unique experience following the longest continuous stretch of coastal chalk coastline in the country - and covers the extensive Blue Flag beaches and wealth of coastal and marine wildlife included within the various North East Kent Marine Protected Area designations.
This route was set up during the late 1990s as a great way of walking and with interpretation of the natural history of the coastline - with a number of interpretation panels that can still be found along the route.
The original leaflet has been scanned to show:
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In many places, the coastal path has been upgraded as part of a longer Viking Coastal Trail (27miles) that roughly encircles the former Isle of Thanet from the coast (Reculver to Pegwell Bay), to the inland villages of Minster, Monkton and St Nicholas-at-Wade.
In 2016, the new England Coastal Path from Camber to Ramsgate was launched, as part of the Marine and Coastal Access Act, 2009, follows much of the above coastal route as it becomes established around South East England. as part of this new national route following 2,700miles of coastline by 2020. The next phase from Ramsgate to Whitstable (original consultation 2015) is expected to be launched in 2017.
Video drone footage: Folkestone to Ramsgate (2016)
England Coast Path: Trail map (updated as the England Coastal Path progresses)
Take a walk and explore Thanet's coast and heritage. Start in Margate, one of the oldest seaside resorts in the country. Stroll along the seafront and explore the old town and museum housed in the town's goal.
The influence of Charles Dickens can be seen throughout the town of Broadstairs. Rest awhile and enjoy a light lunch, then take time to investigate the many shops offering 'olde curiosities'.
Continue on to Ramsgate, the only royal harbour in Britain, at the heart of this maritime resort. Famous in history for its warm welcome, Ramsgate still boasts a wide variety of hostelries and eating houses in which to enjoy your evening meal overlooking the harbour.
Thanet also provides an excellent base for touring Kent, with a warm, friendly welcome at the many hotels, guest houses and self-catering establishments, all at very reasonable prices. There is good access to the rest of Kent
The Thanet Coast Path is detailed on the Ordnance Survey Explorer series (map 150 Canterbury and Isle of Thanet). It was originally funded by European Regional Development Fund and researched by Kent Wildlife Trust for Thanet District Council.
The Thanet Coast, together with Pegwell Bay is an internationally important asset for wintering birds, the marine life associated with chalk caves, reefs and sandy bays. The area is a designated European Marine Site, and now includes Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).