Happy New Year! 2017 is already 2 weeks old and many of us have already let our resolutions fall by the wayside. Or is that just me? The good news is that January 1st isn’t the only date to make positive changes to our lives and in Ramsgate there is ample opportunity to get fit without even realising it!
Ramsgate really is an all-year-round destination where everything stays open to cater for the ‘off season’ visitor and January is a great month to visit. At this time of year, we are lucky to have spectacular sunrises over the sea and in the afternoon, the sun goes down over our beautiful Royal Harbour, offering an ethereal light with great photo opportunities. The climate remains relatively kind so walking and exploring is such an effortless delight, you won’t even notice you are burning calories and you’ll feel much better about that sumptuous meal at one of our many restaurants!
We are lucky to be surrounded by beautiful architecture, world renowned bays, award winning sandy beaches and stunning chalk cliffs so it’s almost impossible to not get out and enjoy what’s on offer! We have dozens of trails- from The Contra Trail, that takes you from the hub of activity at the UK’s only Royal Harbour to the nature reserve out at Pegwell Bay, to The Beach Roamer Trail for those that like more of a hike and fancy the challenge of conquering a corner of England in one trek. It’s a 7-8 mile walk along our stunning coastline from here at Ramsgate along to Margate, taking in all the unique, award winning sandy bays as you stride. Get the tides right (3 hours after high tide should do it) and you can do the whole walk on the beach, arguably the only place in England where that’s possible. There are plenty of pit stops en route in Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate, all offering a welcome to walkers and a variety of refreshments to keep you on track.
Ramsgate knows what it has in abundance and that’s great trails full of delights to distract you from that lactic burn; so much so, we are the first town to receive the ‘We ❤ Walkers and Cyclists’ accolade from Explore Kent. Look out for the logo at cafes, bars and eateries as they have all agreed to look after you! They’ll let you recharge your devices, provide maps and trails and fill up your water bottles before you set off.
If you fancy a bit of water exploration, we also have canoe/kayak trails which you can do on your own or with a guide. The guided, wildlife ‘canoe safari’ passes through Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve where you can see wetland birds and seals as nature intended. Bring your binoculars!
For a memorable, enjoyable and effortless way to discover that getting active needn’t be a chore, check out our Active Ramsgate page to find out what else we have to offer in this glorious corner of England.
Words by Rebekah Smith, Ramsgate Town Promoter and proprietor of The Glendevon B&B in Ramsgate.