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Broadstairs to Margate: The Dickens and Turner Trail

Broadstairs to Margate: The Dickens and Turner Trail

A 6 mile linear trail running from Broadstairs rail station to Margate rail station in east Kent. The return leg can be completed with just a six minute train journey. The walk begins with an exploration of Broadstairs' sea front with its beautiful beach and the promenade set on the low cliff edge with a wide range of shops, hotels, cafes and restaurants. The route continues heading out through the small village of St Peter's and through open farmland to reach Margate. Here you'll have chance to see the traditional British seaside resort with its beautiful expanse of golden sand.

Broadstairs has strong connections with the writer Charles Dickens and Margate is closely associated the artist JMW Turner and throughout the walk you'll have chance to learn more about these two icons of British cultural history.

The walk is almost entirely flat and there are no stiles or gates. The paths are all well made tarmac or stone surfaces which are in most part wide but do narrow quite a lot through the open farmland and so it may be tight for wider pushchairs. There are public toilets in Crofts Place in Broadstairs, just off the High Street, about five minutes into the walk. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours, plus extra time to explore any of the attractions.

The walk starts from Broadstairs rail station and ends at Margate rail station. If you are coming by car the best plan is to park at Margate rail station and then catch the train (a six minute journey) to Broadstairs before walking back. Frequencies of the train service vary so check before you travel. Approximate post code for Margate Station CT9 5AD.

The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Broadstairs to Margate: The Dickens and Turner Trail This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.

To book discount train tickets to this location please visit Train Genius

Location (Map)

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