Walks and Walking – Walking from Broadstairs to Ramsgate
This isn’t the most wildly exciting of Kent walks, especially as it is also my first blog post, but it is a walk nonetheless! It is however, a very windy walk, so whilst you can keep your walking boots at home for this one, I recommend a windproof jacket…. and shield your eyes from the sand that blows in your face!! That’s the natural variety of walking in the UK.
It is a very simple coastal walk along the sea wall from Broadstairs, through the King George VI Memorial Park and then along the sea wall to Ramsgate so you really don’t need any sort of map for this walk.
Broadstairs is a coastal town on the Isle of Thanet, East Kent, and is situated between Margate and Ramsgate. The town’s crest motto is “Stella Maris” which means “Star of the Sea”. The name, which coincidentally was the name of a house I lived in on the Isle of Wight (small world), was derived from a former flight of chalk steps in the chalk cliff, which led from the sands up to the 11th Century shrine of St Mary on the cliff top.
Once in Ramsgate we had Fish and Chips at Peters Fish Factory.
Ramsgate is a seaside town and was very popular in the 19th century as a member of the Cinque Ports confederation. It has one of the largest marinas on the English South Coast and the port has provided cross channel ferries for many years. In February 2011 there was some redevelopment work along the sea wall with art provided by the local residence, I thought the best one was this: