▷ On the Viking Trail

Margate to Ramsgate

July’s Middle Way Walkers coastal walk, on a mercifully sunny day after so much unsettled weather, was full of surprises, including the recent appearance of a David Attenborough mural, with its message about the perils of plastic waste, imaginatively painted beach huts, and an 18th century castle.

Resisting the temptation to sample the delights of Dreamland, we began our walk round the bay past the Turner Contemporary. Passing the listed relics of Cliftonville (the baths, the lido and an Art Deco lift shaft), we followed a series of bays on the Viking Coastal Trail, each offering splendid views of chalk cliffs and beaches.

We stopped for lunch on the beach at Joss Bay, observed by a number of expectant but ultimately disappointed herring gulls. Little did we know that their colleagues were to exact swift revenge when we reached Broadstairs : ice-creams were bought but before they could be enjoyed they were swooped upon and consumed … behaviour you would surely expect at Brighton or Whitley Bay, but genteel Broadstairs? Shocked, we resumed our walk into Ramsgate, up a high street with more empty shop premises than occupied ones to the station where a platform notice warned passengers that seagulls have been known to take passengers’ food. We do love to be beside the seaside!

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