Viking Coastal Trail

The Viking Coastal trail is a 32-mile (51.4 km) circular route exploring one of the most attractive areas of Kent.

With lots to stop off, see and do, this intriguing cycling route visits some of the most well-known holiday towns in the south of England before heading inland and visiting picturesque Kent villages.

The Viking Coastal Trail offers family friendly cycling on flat, traffic-free promenades or along quiet country lanes.

Along the way, look at for the Viking Ship ‘Hugin’ at Pegwell Bay named for one of Odin’s ravens, Ramsgate Maritime Museum, Charles Dickens’ House in Broadstairs from 1837 to 1851, and St Augustine’s Cross (west of Ramsgate) marking the site where the first Mass is said to have been held in 597AD.

Ride this route in full or in part, and discover some of the best of Kent.


The Viking Coastal Trail is located in the north-east of Kent, east of Whitstable, and includes famous holiday towns such as Ramsgate and Margate.

Start the trail at any point on the route. We recommend Birchington-on-Sea and that you cycle in a clockwise direction.

Let’s Pedal

Beginning in Birchington-on-Sea, you will ride through or near Westgate-on-Sea, Margate, Botany Bay, Viking Bay at Broadstairs,  Ramsgate, Cliffsend, Minster, St. Nicholas At Wade, Grays and Reculver before returning to Birchington.

The route is signposted as National Cycle Network route (NCN) 15 and also as Viking Coastal Trail.

Please be careful on the road sections.

Route Distance

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Due to the tourism of the area, you will easily find refreshments and public houses in every town and village through which you cycle.


Toilets are located at:

Birchington, Margate (near railway station), Ramsgate.

Cycle Hire available at:

Birchington, Margate.

Tourist information available at:

Birchington, Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs.

How to get here

By Car

Birchington-on-Sea and Margate are both reached from Whitstable going east on the A299 and A28.

From Canterbury, head north-east on the A28.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available near the trail at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
Birchington-on-Sea Station Car ParkBirchington CT7 9RD
Albion Road Car ParkBirchington CT7 9DN
Market Street Car ParkMargateCT9 1ED
Trinity Square Car ParkMargateCT9 1LZ
Broadstairs Harbour Car ParkBroadstairsCT10 1EU
Albion Street Car ParkBroadstairsCT10 1NE
Royal Harbour Car ParkRamsgateCT11 9HL
Meeting Street Car ParkRamsgateCT11 9RT

By Cycle

The Viking Coastal Trail is part of National Cycle Network route 15.

Join the trail from Whitstable on NCN 15 east, or from Sandwich on NCN 15 north.

By Train

Birchington-on-Sea, Westgate-on-Sea, Margate, Broadstairs, Dumpton Park, Ramsgate, or Minster.


  • Distance (miles): 32
  • Distance (km): 51.4
  • Start: Birchington
  • Finish: Birchington
  • Type: Bridleway and road
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel, earth
  • Sat Nav: CT7 9RD


  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Viking Coastal Trail Cycle Hire

Minnis Bay

The Bikeshed Cycle Hire

71 Canterbury Road

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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