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East Kent Coast - Viking Trail cycle ride


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.

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


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

£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.


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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  • Graham H.

    Valentin, thank you for your comment. These tours are run as a business, hence the cost. You may be more interested in some of the other Meetup groups which arrange gatherings on a more informal basis where you may need to fend for yourself a bit. Regards

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cost: £20 ? And train tickets not included? That is an outright rip-off !

    April 18, 2013

  • Graham H.

    5 people along so far so still spaces. Looks to be bright and sunny!

    April 18, 2013

  • Simon

    Sorry, doing my own ride with friends to Oxford, stay overnight and ride back the next day

    April 15, 2013

  • Graham H.

    Ah shame, as it looks like Spring is on it's way at last! See you later

    April 10, 2013

  • Mia L

    Sorry, looks like we wont be able to make it that day... What a shame. But next time for sure.

    April 9, 2013

  • Graham H.

    Hi hope to see you two again! Snow should have stopped by then!

    March 24, 2013

  • Mia L

    Hi Graham, we are thinking to join.... should confirm next few weeks! Cheers.

    March 23, 2013

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