On the far Eastern Peninsula of Kent, just under an hour away from Canterbury by train or under two hours from London, is the hidden gem of the Thanet District. Every place has a story; Margate is one of them, where sea bathing became popular as far back as 1736. A little rough around the edges as you can see the struggles and decline of what was once a thriving seaside resort with its empty Arcades and nostalgic buildings. Yet, Margate continues to thrive with its small Old Town of eclectic buildings of second-hand shops with small independent restaurants and coffee houses. The summer season brings in a flock of Londoners for a seaside escape. I prefer to travel the beaten path offseason.
There are talks about renovating and redeveloping the area, which would help bring new life and the sandy beach is immaculate. Margate is unique to wander with friendly, creative, and accommodating locals.
I opted to stay two nights in Margate as accommodations were more cost-effective and allowed me to explore the area in addition to wanting to do a coastal walk.
The following morning, the weather forecasted was questionable but prepared for whatever came my way and ventured off to walk the low tide moderate coastal walk from Margate to Broadstairs. I lucked out with fantastic weather and was able to enjoy the gorgeous low tide beach walk with a few locals besides having had the beach to myself. Stunning is an understatement. The peachy soft sand beach with white chalk cliffs that jut out complimented the coastline, especially the detached chalk cliffs you can walk around at Botany Bay. The rest is for you to discover!
The walk-in itself is about 5.5 miles and do take into account that this is a walk done at low tide where one needs to be aware of the tidal changes as the sea washes in pretty quickly. There is also the option of walking above the Sea Cliff.
Broadstairs is a charming seaside town to walk around, have a rest from the coastal walk, grab a delicious lunch, and admire the architecture and views. From 1837 to 1859, Charles Dickens intermittently lived at the Bleak House (formerly known as the Fort House), when he wrote parts of David Copperfield, The Haunted Man, Barnaby Ridge, and American Notes. A day well spent and most importantly, the needed escape for relaxation and to chill out.
The journey doesn’t end here. Next: A coastal walk from Herne Bay to Whitstable, and two days of exploring the step back in time to the Middle Age cathedral city of Canterbury!