Three members of the Touring Section and one guest rode the Kent Coast Viking Trail this week. You can find the route we took here .
The 32 mile route follows the Kent Coastline around it’s eastern limits, it is predominantly flat or easy hills, with a large proportion of the ride on shared traffic free paths, quiet country lanes and a short distance on seafront roads.
The route is extremely well marked and easy to follow. On our grading system it would be a level 3B ride. I would recommend the route as suitable for families if the riders are competent to use the road sections. There are many pubs and cafes along the route.
From the car park at Minster, the route heads to the coast at Reculver, The route passes through Reculver and then follows the Sea Wall to Westgate, on to Margate, then Broadstairs where we stopped for lunch.
The Abbey Ruins at Reculver and the view across the Thames Estuary
After lunch we headed and Ramsgate where there is a replica Longboat, before turning inland to the start point near Minster
Viking Longboat at Ramsgate Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial
On completion of the ride we visited the Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial (Free Entry) and Manston Museum (Adult Entry £2) at the now closed Manston Airport (Former RAF Manston). These two museums are well worth the visit.
Happy Cycling Dave