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The Contra Trail - Ramsgate to Pegwell Bay

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 6.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  A Royal Harbour with the common touch. An English monument to a Viking invasion. A nature reserve with wetland birds you’ll want to... more »

Tips:  Walk overview:
Location: Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN and Pegwell Bay Country Park, CT12 5JB
Distance: 6.1 miles (9.8km) one-way... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Westcliff Arcade

Set off past the Royal pub, cross the road at York Street and keep walking until you reach Leopold Street (beyond the Travelodge hotel). Now look for a black signpost directing you to Westcliff Arcade, nestled below the Royal Templar Yacht Club on the other side of the road. Take the steps up to the arcade entrance and then make your way through... More

2. David Barnes Sculpture

Further along the promenade, after the Churchill Tavern, the promenade becomes noticeably wider and more peaceful. Continue past the Lookout kiosk (public toilets are available here) and the promenade widens again to reveal even more green space with a genuinely charming ‘open parkland’ feel. There’s also a sculpture by David Barnes called ‘Hands ... More

3. Promenade

It is worth noting that the end of the Promenade is now approximately 350m away where the path turns ninety degrees and emerges, some 200m on, at Pegwell Road. Turn left here and follow the road but be aware there is a short section of road (approximately 65m) where there
is no foot-way.

4. Cliffs End

As Pegwell Road begins to curve to the right, you will pass the Belle Vue Tavern with its wonderful terrace overlooking the bay and the Sir Stanley Gray pub on your left hand side and the popular Pegwell Bay Hotel on your right. Keep on for another fifty metres and then turn left to follow a shingle track to the old Coastguard Cottages (now all... More

Follow National Cycle Route 15 down Sandwich Road and past the impressive replica Viking ship ‘Hugin’ until the marshes of Pegwell Bay are on your left hand side. Continue a little further and you enter Pegwell Bay Country Park where you can follow a circular path around the reserve.

The site has public toilets, bird-hides, plenty of... More