The best coastal walks in Thanet, Kent

 Well hello to you my reader chums! I've been living on the Kent Coast my entire life and I feel incredibly grateful to have grown up by the sea. Over the past year, I've appreciated where I live especially as the beach walks have gotten me through the few lockdowns we've had. The beauty of Thanet is that there are plenty of different beaches and coastal routes you can take, whether you'd prefer something remote or a little busier.

Whether you're based on the Kent Coast or looking to head on a staycation in the summer, here are the best coastal walks in Thanet.

Shorter coastal walks under 2 miles

Botany Bay to Palm Bay

Botany Bay has to be one of my favourite beaches; it's a lot quieter to the main sands of Ramsgate, Broadstairs, and Margate and has a unique appeal to it. The beach is a combination of soft sands, rock pools, and white-washed cliffs to walk through. It has a bit of something for everyone and a great way to get away from the main beaten track.

Botany Bay UK

The trail between Botany Bay and Palm Bay is all dependant on the tide. When it's out, you're able to walk across the rocky terrain onto the paved walkway between the beaches and experience the soft sands. If the tide is in, you can still access a nice chunk of sand on Botany Bay and Palm Bay, but you can't make the walk properly through the main stretch of Palm Bay. However, there is a beautiful walkway on top of the cliffs between the two and you can get a perfect view of the two beaches.

Distance: 0.6 miles

Botany Bay to Joss Bay

The other way to head towards the Broadstairs side of the coastal path rather than Margate is to head to Joss Bay from Botany Bay. Joss Bay is renowned for surfing in the summertime and one of those beaches that also isn't as popular as the main town sands.

Joss Bay beach

The crossover between the two beaches is pretty rocky, but an absolute joy to walk along when the tide is out. You're able to discover some beautiful views and coves to walk through. Once on the sands of Joss Bay, it's a pretty calm and sandy beach with a long stretch to appreciate the coastal air.

Distance: 1.3 miles

Stone Bay to Dumpton Gap Beach

I adore Stone Bay beach; it's the popular Viking Bay's serene and quiet neighbour, away from the bustle of Broadstairs' shops, restaurants, and ice cream parlours. It's quite a small beach, however, is a lovely starting point for a coastal walk. 

Stone Bay beach Kent

Head from Stone Bay, through to Viking Bay, passing the gorgeous colourful beach houses, fairground rides, and happy smiles of passersby. Then, make your way along the cliffside walkway, through to Louisa Bay, and onto Dumpton Gap beach.

Distance: 1.4 miles 

Minnis Bay to Epple Bay

Minnis Bay is located on the other side of Thanet and an absolute treasure to visit all year round, especially in the summertime. Minnis Bay is quite a large beach and has a lot to explore, especially for a coastal walk. There are two different ways you can head from Minnis, and the first and shorter route is from Minnis Bay to Epple Bay.

Epple Bay beach Kent

Minnis Bay is a beautiful starting point with gorgeous, soothing waves. If you head towards the right side of Minnis Bay beach, you can make your way towards one of the quietest bays, Epple Bay. Epple Bay has a serene appeal and is lovely to walk around if you need complete silence.

Distance: 1.7 miles

Longer beach strolls over 2 miles

Ramsgate Beach to Viking Bay

The Royal Harbour in Ramsgate has more to offer than first meets the eye. It's a hub for restaurants, cute brunch spots, and the main stretch of sands with the best fish and chip shop ever, Peter's Fish Factory. 

Ramsgate Beach Kent

Ramsgate is quite a big town and the beach has a lot on offer for residents and visitors. The beauty of this walk is you get to experience both the joys of a park and the coastal trail. Head along the main sands of Ramsgate and then up the steps onto King George VI park. Walkthrough there until you come out to the entrance of Dumpton Gap Beach. You can then head down the path onto the beach and make your way along with the cliffside path until you reach the bustling beach of Viking Bay.

Distance: 2 miles

Palm Bay to Margate Main Sands

Palm Bay is one of the quieter beaches in Margate and a fab place to experience the joys of coastal air without too many people filing through. When you head along the bay, if you keep going, you'll continue into an even quieter beach, Warpole Bay. This sandy beach is really lovely, and if you keep going along, the main hub of Margate will greet you. 

Palm Bay Kent

Margate's main sands are right next to Old Town with a selection of family-run restaurants, boutique-style shops, and cute coffee places.

Distance: 2.2 miles

Minnis Bay to Reculver

For probably one of the longest walks (unless you'd really like to walk the entire coastal walk of Thanet), Minnis Bay to Reculver is an amazing coastal walk, whether you'd prefer it on foot or by bike.

Minnis Bay beach

It's a popular spot for cyclists and dog walkers alike - and gives you the opportunity to experience the sandy shores of Minnis, the stoned beaches of Reculver, and end up in a great picnic spot by the towers.

Distance: 4.1 miles

I hope you enjoyed this post. Where is your favourite coastal walk?

Thank you for reading <3

88 comments

  1. I mean I knew Kent had a coastline, but I didn't know it was that beautiful! I tend to think of Devon/Cornwall, Wales or Norfolk for coastlines, but these are stunning! Maybe I need to get on a train... when we're allowed of course!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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    1. Yes, it's so beautiful here! I hope you get the chance to visit one day x

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  2. These all look absolutely amazing! You're so lucky to be living near the seaside, I am sure it gives you such beautiful landscapes and views to appreciate! I have been to Broadstairs years ago in summer and liked the beaches there, bot much how busy it could get. Really lovely pictures and hope to walk these paths soon x

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm really grateful! I hope you get a chance to come back xx

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  3. Good to see you appreciate your local coastline and the scenery looks great! I haven't been to that area yet, but hope to soon!

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  4. Oh my gosh! I think people that get to see those scenery often are so lucky. It's so breathtaking xx

    lenne | lennezulkiflly.com

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  5. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing these photos and letting everyone know about the beauty of Kent. I had no idea, but then I'm not in the UK.

    Giulia, tidbitsofcare.com

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  6. These look like such amazing walks! I really want to see more of the UK and it’s on my travel bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Great read! Not somewhere I'm familiar with, but it looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. These look amazing! Adding to our list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a great post! The pictures and insights are lovely. Hope to make it there one day. Thanks for sharing. Be well.

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  10. Wow it looks so beautiful! Birmingham definitely doesn’t come close to this haha

    Chelle | www.chellebelle2016.blogspot.com

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  11. Ooo wow those are all amazing!! Would love to see more of the UK one day!

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  12. Oh my gosh! You are so lucky to live near such a beautiful coastline! This has inspired me to take a trip down South once lockdown lifts and we can explore the UK again. Thank you so much for posting x

    Lucy | lucyjacovelli.com

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  13. Wow, I don't think I can put into words just how much I need some sea air. There's nothing quite like it. My fiance spent a lot of time in Kent with his grandparents as a kid and he loved your snaps!
    I feel a long weekend away to Kent coming!

    Rosie

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  14. I am SO envious of you living so close to the sea. I love living in the country but our staycations in Cornwall and Dundee always make me want to move home! x

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  15. Ohhhh I love a good coastal walk - I'm so jealous of people who live near the sea! I live in the countryside (not going to complain there), but the views that people get and the sea air is something which I love!

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  16. Wow, the sceneries are beautiful. I'm a huge fan of nature however and whenever. Thank you for sharing. I hope I'll be able to visit all of them one day.

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  17. These look amazing! Love the photos

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  18. Ooh these are beautiful coastal walks Della, I'd love to walk one of these one day! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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  19. I used to walk from Ramsgate Beach to Viking Bay all the time, I live so close to Thanet (I live in Swale) but I love it so much.

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  20. Wow! I am so jealous of anyone who lives near the beach there are so many beautiful walks!

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  21. What stunning views and beautiful beaches, though I am falling in love with the vividness of the stone arch. Being a mountain girl, I do not mind the rocks! ��

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    1. Thank you! Oh, yes I don't blame you, it's gorgeous x

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  22. It's been a long time since I've been to Kent, would love to visit again when its a bit safer. So many amazing walks, there's so much to see, I feel like I'd never get bored of going on walks if I had all of that near me! x

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    1. I hope you can come soon! I never get bored to be honest, so grateful xx

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  23. Paradise no doubt! I've never been in Kent, and this post is the persuasion I needed :)

    Lindifique

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  24. I love this post! Coastal walks are my favourite and I'm so excited to go and visit my favourite UK seaside places. There's nothing like a lovely coastal walk, thank you for sharing these suggestions x

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  25. This is such a helpful post. We got to explore some of the Kent coastline last year and I loved it. Its so beautiful compared to the likes of Weston Super Mud that we have here.

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  26. This is not an areas I have explored much before but WOW what beautiful pictures. You've certainly made me want to visit. My partner loves a costal walk so I might convince him to take a visit x

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  27. oh my goodness, how beautiful! i never spent much time in kent when i lived in the UK, but it's definitely getting added to my list xx

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/

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  28. Wow, so beautiful! I had no idea that the Kent coast is so stunning! I definitely need to see it sometime, especially the Botany Bay to Joss Bay one!

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  29. Amazing post and beautiful photos! Unfortunately I don't live by a beach but I love going to the beach when I go on holiday. I've never been to Kent before but I want to go one day!

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  30. Wow! The scenery is absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing all of these beautiful photos & the best places to visit! I loved reading this!

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  31. Rebekah Charles9 March 2021 at 19:45

    Absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to be able to travel so many places in my bucket list. I'll definitely be adding this to it. Wonderful pictures as well.

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  32. Oh these walks look absolutely stunning! I've not been to Kent before to check out the beaches but now I really want to :) xx

    Holly | www.gollymissholly.uk

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  33. I haven't been here so can't relate to these but hope to see them someday. I simply loved the descriptive details you mentioned that was very nicely put. Also loved the Joss bay. Enjoyed reading!
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  34. oh wow, all of these costal walks look so relaxing and refreshing, I need to visit Kent when things settle down :)

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  35. Kent is so beautiful! I didn't know it had so many costal walks, but they certainly are stunning. When we can travel again, it's definitely going on my list!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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  36. OMG! Stunning! Wish I lived near the Ocean. It's about an hour drive from me and my neighborhood is so blah. I'm living through you! Thanks for sharing xx

    Lynn | www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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  37. These beaches look so beautiful and peaceful! I don't think I've ever been to the Kent coastline before but now I really want to go there! x

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    1. Ah thank you! I hope you can visit one day xx

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  38. I really like Kent and I WISH I lived by the coast. It's my dream to live near the sea. These look like lovely walks. I'd love to get out and do more stuff like this when I can x

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    1. Thank you so much!! I feel so lucky to live here xx

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  39. These photographs are so beautiful!

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  40. These photos look stunning! We moved away from the coast and I miss it so much! We're actually looking into moving back as we miss it so much.

    Claire.X
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  41. These beaches look very beautiful. I'm sure that I will enjoy so much walking there.

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  42. Oh wow! These all look like such beautiful walks. It must be so lovely to live so close to them :) x

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  43. Thanks for sharing, these walks they all look great to do :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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  44. I've never been to the Kent coast but it looks beautiful!

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  45. Looks beautiful! I’d love to get a chance to visit, post-COVID of course.

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  46. I’d really love to visit this area when I return to the U.K. Thanks for sharing Della!

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