Walks And Walking – Kent Walks Herne Bay To Margate Walking Route
We were staying in Broadstairs over Easter and planned a family trip to Herne Bay to try out some highly recommended Fish and Chips at Dean’s Plaice. Whilst the food was excellent we all thought £8.45 for Haddock and Chips was a bit too steep, bearing in mind you can get it at the award winning Pete’s Fish Factory in Margate for £4.95. Fish aside, Herne Bay was the start of my walking route back to Margate and as they went off in search of tea and cakes I went off in search of the Reculver Towers and Roman Fort.
It was a blustery day and the wind was blowing in my face for the whole 12 miles back to Margate. Coupled with mainly walking along sea walls it wasn’t the most exciting walk for long stretches but Reculver Towers and the Roman Fort more than compensated for a slightly dull walking route. In better weather I think this walk would have been completely different with the sun beating down on your face and a lovely sea breeze keeping you cool. I chose my Salomon Cosmic 4D GTX walking boots as I knew there was a lot of road and sea walls making it unnecessary to wear my favoured Scarpa walking boots. The Salomons are far more comfortable on these types of flat, dry walks. I also had to wear my Bear Grylls Gore-tex walking jacket which normally lives in my rucksack but needed something windproof for today as it was also freezing cold.
From the memorial outside Dean’s Plaice I turned right and walked along the sea wall with Reculver in view ahead following the Oyster Bay Trail signposts to Reculver forking right at Bishopstone up the wide lane to the Oyster Bay Trail To Reculver and the Saxon Shore Way signposts. I then turned left at the next Oyster Bay Trail signpost in to Reculver Country Park continuing to follow the Oyster Bay Trail waymarkers to Reculver keeping straight ahead on to Haven Drive turning left at the bend following the Reculver Country Park signpost across the picnic area turning left at the Oyster Bay Trail signpost. I continued my walk following the Oyster Bay Trail as it opened up in to stunning views of the Kent countryside on my right hand side with Reculver Towers ahead of me.
At Reculver Towers and Roman Fort I followed the Viking Coast Trail Roman Fort Wall signpost in front of the King Ethelbert Inn walking with the Roman Fort Walls on my left hand side to behind Reculver Towers to the Roman Fort Wall East gate signpost where I then joined the Wantsum Walk along the Northern Sea Wall to Minnis Bay.
I then walked passed the Victorian Bathing Pool on my left hand side up the parade and turned left at the signpost to Grenham Bay turning right to walk along the sea wall underneath the chalk cliffs following the Viking Coast Trail signposted to Margate climbing up the steps at the end of the sea wall at Epple Bay. I then walked left to Westgate-On-Sea keeping left back on to the sea wall at the next Viking Coast Trail signpost to Margate where I then found a black metal signpost which marks the 1000th mile post of the national Cycle network. I continued to follow the direction of this signpost along the Viking Coast Trail signpost to Westbrook Bay and another Victorian Bathing Pool on my left hand side as I reached Margate turning right at the statue before the roundabout to Margate Train Station and a good 12 miles and 3 hours and 45 minutes later.