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6 August 2013 47,349 views No Comment

We got the train from St Pancras to Ramsgate and rode our bikes the ten little minutes from the station down to the seafront where our hotel was. It was a cute hotel with a full view over the sparkling port and the staff were super lovely.

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Ramsgate is around the coast from Margate. The port is busy because it’s got perfect access to the channel and a swifto crossing to France.photo 1 There are some cute parts to town and the actual beach is really nice but there are also some less good parts of the town, especially in the drinking hours. We had a really good dinner at Age & Sons: lobster burger to start for Nad, clams with cauliflower purée for me, and we both had the sea bream with lentils & chicory for main. We had a giggle and for some reason the chef thought his performance wasn’t a-grade so comped us some dessert. Sweet. Geddit?

The next day I got up early and walked around the port, I love the sound of the mast wires dinging, and it’s fun looking at the different sizes and types of boats. Breakfast was wicked. They had honey straight from the comb – is that the right way to describe it – straight from the hive.

Viking Trail

The only plan we had was to keep the sea on our right and we had a huge result because there’s a bike trail around this part of the coast. From Ramsgate to Whitstable it’s 80% off-road but paved so fine for our road bike tyres. We were never more than 30 metres from the sea front, just wiggling tightly around the coast. First of all we went through Broadstairs, a really old fashioned English seaside town, then Margate which – a real shame – was very run down. photo 2The next landmark was Reculver, leading there we went along this brilliant stretch with an open path running between the dunes and the fields. It felt like were bike riding in Holland. We stopped at a pub that’s behind the ruins of Reculver Abbey for carby-lunch and lager, boom.
All of the seaside was family-busy, there are a lot of campsites around here and the weather was wonderful so it was prime family day out day. Herne Bay was our next landmark and then we went along the wide promenade, flat and straight, for the last 15 minutes.
Swalecliffe was our destination, just before Whitstable, where we were met with beers and deckchairs. The evening was BBQ, funny chat and camp washing up before climbing into my little tent for a cosy night!

Sunny Day

Another beautiful day, bright blue sky, breeze, fluffy clouds jumping around. We went for a swim. I was so happy. The water was nippy at first but then fine, and it was good and flat. I borrowed Nad’s goggles. They were the best ever, massive visibility and proper comfortable #christmaslist

BBQ breakfast, more washing up, tent packing and then we were off with sore bums straight away! And we stopped almost immediately because there was a water skiing race in Whitstable and it was so crowded we had to walk through. Water ski race. Does that sound like a top five most dangerous race.?
At tiny Seasalter we stopped for cold drinks and then we were heading inland for Faversham train station and a speedy lift back home. Back in London it was mega busy too, lots of people enjoying the sun.
We had a nice lunch just off High St Ken (although I looked a bit more High St Croydon after bike riding and being generally grufty) and as we were rolling home, at Battersea Bridge we made perfect timing to see the pros riding the last bit of the Ride 100 road race along the north embankment. The support cars were loaded with the most beautiful looking kit, was ace.

Home etc etc. Bosh, another awesome weekend.

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Broadstairs
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