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The Viking Coastal Trail

Explore Kent by bike

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 27 miles
Duration: Unknown
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Overview :  Whether you are an experienced cyclist or a novice, you will find plenty to enjoy along the 27 mile (44km) route on the Isle of Thanet... more »

Tips:  Start: St Nicholas At Wade
Finish: Reculver

(Regional Route 15)
27 mile (44km) trail, around 14.5 miles (24km) traffic-free, 12.5... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Explore Kent by bike

On the Cliff top of Pegwell Bay sits a replica of a Viking ship which sailed from Denmark to Thanet in 1949 to celebrate the 1500th anniversary of the invasion of Britain, the traditional landing of Hengist and Horsa and the bethrothal of Hengist's daughter, Rowena, to King Vortigen of Kent.
The 'Hugin' was offered as a gift to Ramsgate and... More

3. Ramsgate Harbour

Once the home of Mary Pearson Strong, upon whom Charles Dickens based the character of Betsey Trotwood in 'David Copperfield'. It contains Dickens memorabilia prints, costume and Victoriana. Guided tours available

6. North Foreland Lighthouse

The North Foreland Lighthouse was the last manned lighthouse in the country until its conversion to automatic operation in November 1998. The lighthouse marks the southerly entrance to the Thames and also warns ships of the Margate Rocks.
External viewing only and slightly off the trail.

7. Margate Beach

The Reculver Towers are a landmark and Scheduled Ancient Monument that can be seen across the coastline from Herne Bay to Birchington in Kent. From the Towers there are 180° views, from Herne Bay to Margate.