Kent Coast Promenade
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Maintain your New Year’s Resolutions to get out more and be more active with this linear coastal walk around the Isle of Thanet.
Our route will follow the Thanet Coastal Path alongside the most easterly part of Kent, from Margate to Broadstairs, passing Botany Bay, Kingsgate Bay, and finally onto Ramsgate. In contrast to the walk along the White Cliffs of Dover, extensive stretches of this walk will be along the beach, tide permitting. There is a highly favourable low tide prediction for this particular Saturday, the best in many months.
Lunch will be on Broadstairs Pier where there is some shelter should the weather be less than perfect.
On arrival in Ramsgate you have a choice of catching the train home, or rewarding yourself with a pint of beer, and an optional bag of chips, in the company of your fellow walkers.
The path is largely paved, or comprised of concrete, and for this reason you may find it more comfortable to wear footwear with some cushioning such as a pair of trainers. One of the benefits of walking on the prom or beach is that the route will be almost entirely mud free.
All images by event leader with the exception of: Kingsgate bay arch by David Hollman licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0; Beach huts, East Cliff, Broadstairs by Nigel Chadwick; Kingsgate Bay and Castle by Judith Bennett; Palm Bay by Nigel Cox; West Cliff Arcade and Royal Parade, Ramsgate, Kent by Nick all licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
What to bring
Water: bring at least a litre
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Rucksack: or any other bag
Footwear: hiking boots, sturdy trainers or wellies
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally not jeans which become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
You will need a packed lunch, and plenty of water and snacks to see you through the day. We will stop for a picnic lunch at a suitably scenic spot; for your own comfort you may wish to bring something to sit on.