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East Kent Coast - Viking Trail cycle ride

Summary:

Beaches, cliff tops, harbours, countryside… our most diverse tour yet! Visit classic seaside resorts, historic haunts of Charles Dickens and small country villages. What will be your favourite!

Distance: 27 miles

Terrain: Mainly flat with the odd gentle hill

Path/Road: All designated cycle route. Half path, half road. Any bike is suitable.

Physical difficulty: Moderate, 3.5 hours cycling at a slow pace. As you will be on the saddle for a few hours padded shorts or a gel seat cover will be useful for those not used to it.

Duration: 10am – 4pm

Cost: £20

Itinerary:

The Viking Trail winds it’s way from Birchington on Sea right around the coastal path of the Isle of Thanet. It loops back through quiet countryside roads, a perfect contrast to the day.

Setting off along the Promenade you’ll skirt the sea and pass numerous beach huts and bays before reaching ‘Kiss Me Quick’ Margate. Past the golden sands and up along the cliff top you’ll see North Foreland lighthouse and sea views across to France.

Reaching Broadstairs with it’s stunning Viking Bay beach you can’t miss Bleak House, where Charles Dickens stayed and was the inspiration behind his novel of the same name. Here we’ll stop for lunch, a chance to sample the local fish and chips or whatever takes your fancy, and if room Italian ice-cream!

Continuing round the coast you’ll come to the once thriving Victorian holiday resort of Ramsgate, home to the only Royal harbour in the country. Next stop is the Viking Ship at Pegwell Bay, iconic replica of the longboats rowed to Britain during the invasion of 449AD.

Then we’ll cut inland and finish through quiet country villages. We’ll stop in one such village and weather permitting enjoy a fabulous pub garden. Heading North to the coast we’ll arrive back at the starting point in Birchington on Sea.

Bike hire:

Minnis Bay Car Park, The Parade, Minnis Bay, Birchington, CT7 9LT
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£15 day (not included, contact us if you need to hire)

Start and finish:

Start and finish at Birchington on Sea train station.

Direct trains from London Victoria. We will co-ordinate Group Saver tickets from Victoria and travel together for those interested. Train ticket not included.

Included:

Fully guided tour

Places of interest pointed out

Basic tool kit carried to undertake minor repairs

Accident insurance cover

Trained first aider

Refund policy:

Contact us to cancel 2 weeks before event 100% refund, 1 week 50%, 2 days 25%

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  • LesleyT

    Great ride! Thank Graham

    August 3

  • annetowns

    i am on the 805 am train tomorrow to birchington on sea meet at platform 5. buy your ticket20£ before meeting. anne

    August 2

    • Patrycja

      Hi Anne, it's platform 1 now. Im here, so see you soon. Patrycja

      August 3

  • annetowns

    HELLO GRAHAM, ENJOYED MY FIRST RIDE BACK WITH YOU LAST WEEK, I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN YOU FOR VIKING ON 3RD AUG: ARE YOU GOING DOWN BY TRAIN, IF SO COULD I JOIN. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN AND WHERE TO MEET ON STATION AT VICTORIA. ANNE TOWNS

    May 25

    • Patrycja

      Hi Anne, I'm getting a train tomorrow. Have to check the time though. We could meet by the platform or something like that.

      August 2

  • Graham H.

    Hi all this event is now full so no more bookings please. thanks

    July 30

    • LesleyT

      Hi can you email your mobile in case of problems thanks

      August 2

  • LesleyT

    Hi it;s likely i will stay over locally the night before in a b&B so if anyone has any good recommendations please can you let me know. thanks!

    July 15

  • Graham H.

    Hi Anne. I will be driving down beforehand and making sure my Dad's garden is in order and they have good biscuits for us! I'll let you know if anyone else wants to get the train.

    June 8

  • Graham H.

    Hi Yvonne yes that's fine. Most people drive or make their own way anyway so I'll probably take out the bit about train. Just RSVP and I'll meet you at the start. Thanks

    March 15

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in kent can i meet you at the start, let me know if this ok

    March 13

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