Big white cliffs, pristine beaches, rolling hills and a creepy old theme park. All in one walk?! yes, please.
This is a great walk if you fancy an easy stroll with super dramatic scenery and plenty of cliff-top-pit-stop opportunities. The walk follows the Viking Coastal trail / Kent Coastal trail from ‘Derelicte´’ Margate (aka ‘Hoxton on Sea’) to the pretty harbor town of Broadstairs.
Broadstairs is a better place to end if you ‘re after small cosy pubs on a pretty harbour, but if you fancy sampling some of the swish restaurants of Hoxton-on-Sea (Margate has the largest number of 90s Shoreditch ex-pats than any other commuter town), then you could do a lot worse than ending up in Tracey Emin’s home town of Margate.
Station St. Pancras , Stratford International
Time of walk 2 hrs 20mins
Time on train 1hr 30
Time end to end 3hrs 50
How to shorten the route
You can’t really shorten this one, but at just over 2 hrs, you’ve got plenty of opportunity for a mid-way-pub stop or ice cream on the beach.
Places to stop
The Lifeboat feels like relaxed craft brew pub, but does incredible seafood and Jazz on a Sunday
Go to Dreamland amusement park. It’s old, it’s weird and you can pretend to be in the Lost Boys for an hour. Oh and they have a PETTING ZOO.
The Captain Digby may not be the world’s nicest pub on the inside, but it’s basically a clifftop castle overlooking Botany Bay, one of the south coast’s most picturesque coastlines.
The Tartar Frigate is great little pub right on the harbour that does a pretty great fish and chips.
If you fancy something a bit more gourmand, because you are in the burbs afterall, the Charles Dickensis the pub for you.
Stop off at Sweet Yesterdays for some vintage sweets for the train home (it’s on the way back to the station anyway…)