Oh I do like to be beside the seaside. Oh I do like to be beside the sea. Tra la la. Yes I do! I feel incredibly lucky to have as a primary objective for the day a coastal walk. I have been doing well with eating healthily but am not doing so well at exercising. I am missing my little Drill Sargent who used to make me go on walks. So I am going to do something I will really enjoy – walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs and back. I have walked from Ramsgate to Broadstairs before, but slowly and have then needed a lift back. Today, I want to walk both ways and at a speed quicker than a gentle potter.
I had breakfast at home. My Weight Watchers points are gradually decreasing as I lose weight so I decided today was the day to reduce my porridge portion from half a cup to a third of a cup. I made it with 140 ml almond milk and 1 tsp Chia seeds. I added some berries, which I had pureed with 2 fresh figs and also a tbsp of hazelnut butter for protein and fat. Yummy.
I drove to Ramsgate, did some chores and then set out on my walk at about 2 pm. The weather was perfect. Bright blue sunny sky and virtually no wind which is good as sometimes those sea breezes are freezing. 🙂
This is the view from my front door.
When I cross the road in front of the house I have a perfect view of the marina.
It was high tide so I planned to walk there along the cliff tops and back along the beach. So instead of my normal route round the marina, I went straight ahead and past the waterfall. These rocks are a Victorian folly. Inspired by their travels abroad, the Victorians wanted to show people back home how stunning some of the natural scenery was they had seen on their travels. But to save money, these huge stones were not imported from abroad but rather made at home from cheap materials and then covered in Pulhamite artificial rock! They look really good and there are lots of examples of this around here.
At the top of the hill I got to the bandstand and Wellington Crescent.
Walking along the cliffs there are several places to get down to beach level; by lift, steps or walkway. Just before the park is a walkway down to the beach – more examples of Pulhamite rock.
Through King George VI Memorial Park and you come out at Dumpton Gap.
Nearly there. Standing at Louisa Bay, Viking Bay (the main beach of Broadstairs) begins to come in to view.
The beautiful sandy beach at Viking Bay, Broadstairs. It is October 12th and people are swimming in the sea. It was so warm today. Quite incredible to have this temperature so late in the year. I am so lucky to be out here enjoying it.
It was 3 pm and time for lunch. I enjoy going to Morelli’s when I am in Broadstairs I and ordered a latte and a panning. There was no healthy salad or vegetable based option.
The coffee was great but the mozzarella, pesto and tomato pannini was mediocre. Luckily I was very hungry so I was grateful for it. It was lovely sitting by the window, looking out at the sea and relaxing. I really like Morelli’s 1950’s vibe. I love the formica topped tables, all the pink and white and the fact you can come in and have a coffee or an ice cream sundae. I was tempted but I resisted.
I enjoyed a leisurely potter about Broadstairs and walked up the hill to a fishmongers I had been recommended but I was disappointed to find it was shut. I will try and get there tomorrow. Time to head back to Ramsgate so farewell Broadstairs, until next time.
I enjoyed my cliff top walk but I prefer to walk beside the sea. To do this walk you always have to check the tide times because there is a stretch of the walk where you can get cut off at high tide. The majority of the walk is along a promenade so it is an easy walk. It is also fun to just hop down on to the beach too.
The beaches here are sandy and the cliffs are chalky so the landscape is really stunning. In some places, the chalk outcrops are along the beach. It makes for a most unusual landscape. Along the cliffs are many caves. I missed Harvey today as he loves hiding in the caves, climbing up the cliffs and peering in to all the rockpools.
Ramsgate is in sight.
To conceal a building development on the beach, a long billboard was erected and this has been decorated by many pieces of art. The Great Wall of Ramsgate has some wonderful pictures hung on it and is a brilliant way to disguise an ugly building site. These are some of my favourites.
Ramsgate’s main beach is sandy and is known as the “Main Sands”. Looking out to the Main Sands from the old casino you can see one of the cross Channel ferries arriving from Oostende.
Time for a beer!
I sat in one of my favourite bars next to the marina, Miles. The beer was cold and the view was lovely. I could see my house on the cliff top in the distance and in between me and the house were hundreds of yachts. I sat and watched the sun set and thought about supper.
I went home via Waitrose where I bought some Cornish sardines to go with the vegetables I had brought from home. 2 sardines cost 98p – what a bargain! I took a photo of the raw ingredients and then noticed my camera is nearly out of battery so I am saving it for tomorrow. It was a quick and easy supper. I chopped up the veg and roasted them in the oven with some coconut oil on 180 C for about 40 – 45 minutes. I baked the sardines in foil and served it all with some of the coconut black bean dip I made yesterday. Yummy.
Today was fantastic. If you or anyone you know wants to stay in our beach house overlooking the marina, it is available to rent through Freedom Holiday Homes. The house is called ‘Marina Prospect’ and is property ref ‘EK195’.
The good weather is predicted to continue through the weekend so if you can , get down to the coast and have a walk. It makes you feel good 🙂