Explore Kent through the Viking Coastal Trail

Mae’s Lodge is within 4.6 miles of the famous trail! Our modern, luxurious and cosy holiday home comes with bicycle storage facilities, and a private garden, should you require additional safe storage space. This means that we are the perfect accommodation in Kent, for all cycling enthusiasts.

Viking Coastal Trail
Viking Coastal Trail
Viking Coastal Trail

The trail is a cycle route in Kent, covering 32 miles (51.4km). From Reculver, the trail passes through Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate to reach Pegwell Bay, where Vikings first landed in Kent. 

This circular route is the ideal activity for cyclists to explore one of the most attractive areas of Kent. There is a lot to enjoy on this route whether you are an experienced or newbie cyclist. The trail is also a fun activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Interesting information about the route, according to Explore Kent:

The Route:

The inland loop is on quiet lanes, taking in pretty Kentish villages with ancient churches such as St. Nicholas at Wade and passing Minster Abbey, one of England’s oldest inhabited buildings founded in 670AD.

Minster Abbey

A short detour leads you to the 16 acre Monkton Nature Reserve, an important resource for the protection of wild flowers, including rare orchids.

Monkton Nature Reserve

At Ramsgate, the splendid Pugin Victorian church of St. Augustine’s Abbey is worth a visit. You can also enjoy a rest at one of the many cafes overlooking the harbour and marina and the Ramsgate Maritime Museum.

Another point of interest in Ramsgate is the Stonelees Golf Centre. The Centre is situated on the supposed landing site of the Anglos-Saxons in AD449. Stonelees Golf Centre have installed a giant hand carved 8ft Saxon sword.

You don’t need to be an avid golfer to visit Stonelees. They have installed a brand new bike shelter for cyclists. This is so they can to stop off to view the sword before grabbing a bite to eat or drink in the restaurant. Stonelees Golf Centre is a great stopping place known for the warmth and friendliness of the staff. They are also always open to the public.There is no strict dress code – the club welcomes both walkers and cyclists. The restaurant and bar is open all year round from 8am. This is perfect for breakfast before heading out along the trial.

Ramsgate Maritime Museum

As you cycle from Broadstairs to Margate you pass Kent’s most established surfing school at Joss Bay, see the picturesque Botany Bay with its chalk stack and marvel at the new Turner Contemporary art gallery overlooking Margate Harbour.

Turner Contemporary Art Gallery

Minnis Bay is popular with swimmers, as well as sailors, windsurfers and sea canoeists.

From here, the scenery changes with striking views of the flat marshland as you approach the twin towers of Reculver Church, a few miles east of Herne Bay.