8 Mile Coastal Walk

I walked further today than I have walked for years; I walked from Ramsgate to Margate. It was about 8 miles.  The Viking Cycle Trail says 7.5 miles but I had to backtrack several times so I think I walked about 8 miles.

I started the day with a bowl of gooseberry yogurt with raspberries and blueberries.

I started walking along by the beach in Ramsgate.  It was about 10 am but the sun was still low in the sky.  At least it was out 🙂

I love being beside the sea.  I love how it slaps and bangs against the steps, eddies and swirls, constantly moving.

My plan to walk along the beach was scuppered by high tide.  Look at that amazing blue sky and sunshine !

So I turned back and retraced my steps a little,

which gave me an opportunity to notice some bird nests for the first time.  I was pleased with this photo – I got a pigeon in mid flight, entering the little cave, high up in the cliff (I was using my telephoto lens).

This little cave was really high up too – I wonder why it was bricked up.

I reached Viking Bay, Broadstairs, which looks so peaceful out of season.

I was going to have a coffee in Morelli’s but then thought I ought to try some other places.  After all, Broadstairs does have plenty of other options for a coffee.  So I sat outside and enjoyed a latte at The Albion.  It was a bit weak but you couldn’t fault the view.

I continued round by the end of the little pier.

Past Bleak House and on to Stone Bay.

I stayed on the cliff tops for a while and came to North Foreland.

In front of the North Foreland light house was a field of cabbages.  This probably sounds ridiculous but they smelt really cabbagey.  I was surprised how much they smell so here’s a top tip – don’t live next to a cabbage farm!

This intrigued me.

This wowed me!

Kingsgate Bay.

Why do all those tankers just sit there?  Or are they moving but imperceptibly slowly?

Having walked past Joss Bay and Botany Bay, which I am very familiar with, I turned a corner and was walking along a promenade by a beach I have never walked along before.  I love discovering new places.

I was beginning to feel tired and the wind was whipping up and making me feel cold so I upped my pace a little.  I was also feeling hungry so wanted to be sitting in a cafe in the Old Town.  At Palm Bay the sand seemed to be reclaiming the promenade.

I confess I did turn a corner and hope to see the Turner Contemporary but there was still a way to walk.  I breathed deep and felt lucky to be able to walk beside the sea.  And aching legs must mean you are doing them some good 🙂

Finally the Turner loomed in to vision.  They are still kissing.

The Old Town in Margate is very pretty.

The Greedy Cow was a very welcome sight and I like that suggestion of what to eat.

I was thirsty, hungry and feeling very tired so I started with a pear juice which was perfect; cold, sweet and slipped down easily.

And kept me going until my burger with blue cheese turned up.  It was delicious.  I would have liked some more cheese but what was there was lovely.  As was the sweet chutney it was served with.  The coleslaw was crunchy and not too heavy on the mayonnaise.

There is a frequent bus service called “The Loop” which runs between Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate so I hopped on that.  It was good to be back and see Ramsgate basking in the afternoon sunshine.

By the time I picked up Harvey and got home I was knackered.  So supper was a quick and easy Nasi Goreng with vegetables, ham and eggs, with Hot Sauce on the side.

I also had a bowl of gooseberry yogurt with raspberries and blueberries.

I thoroughly enjoyed my walk today and felt very lucky to be able to do it and blessed with good weather.  But it has worn me out so I am posting this and going to bed.

Hope you manage to do some beautiful exercise too 🙂

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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6 Responses to 8 Mile Coastal Walk

  1. Laura Stavro says:

    Let me be the first to congratulate you on your 8 mile walk today. That is totally awesome Zoe. Do your aching muscles a favour if you have any Epsom salts and take a 20 minute soak in the tub with about 2 cups of Epsom Salts. The magnesium in it helps to relieve the strain you definitely put on your leg muscles today.

    My workout today was less invasive than your was with Yoga and Pilates.

    I have a website for you to track all you are doing that Chalene Johnson, who is a fabulous promoter of everything fit from health to finances and reaching your goals recommended in her book that is being released in December called Push Jump Start. I saw this and thought what a fabulous motivator to have on you. http://www.fitbit.com/product/features I had to share with you.

    • Thank you Laura for the link to the website. That certainly looks like a clever gadget – I wonder how it can be so clever as to know I am going upstairs and when I am asleep! Quite mind boggling really. I will look out for her book too. thank you.

  2. Laura Stavro says:

    It would also make sure that with your walk today, you didn’t cheat yourself out of calories you needed to keep your metabolism burning.

    Do you have any idea how many calories are in that Banana Cake Batter recipe? I posted it and the people who don’t do WW wanted to know. Also, I always freeze bananas because they are just too many calories for me to use a whole one for breakfast with how large they usually come. I just wrap them in plastic wrap after I have peeled them and the wrap comes off nicely to throw in the Magic Bullet (which is what I use for my smoothies) to blend up a great morning smoothie with Peanut Butter or whatever else you want to add like Strawberries, Kiwis, Peaches etc.
    and Yogurt and Almond Milk.

    • Hi Laura,
      I do not know how many calories were in it. As a WW person we don’t calculate calories, instead we use points, which is just calorie counting made easy.
      I often freeze bananas, rather than waste them when they go ripe too quickly. I usually buy small ones too.
      I have not really got in to calculating calories/points and connecting that to metabolism burning. I think that is a whole new area to get in to. For now I just try and exercise every day and eat healthy foods most of the time. I have been so hungry since the long walk, i actually think regular shorter walks are better for weight loss. My usual 30 minutes – 1 hour walk with the dogs doesn’t make me too hungry but gives me some exercise which i think is better then the long walk. But I enjoyed the long walk and am pleased I did it.

  3. Helen says:

    Hi Zoe,
    a quick answer on the Tankers question…..
    Yes, they really are just sitting there off the coast – waiting for oil prices to rise! (and you thought you’d escaped the City)
    We used to see this all the time when we holidayed in Pembrokeshire – lots of tankers holding off Milford Haven, made it look like a car park!
    Congrats on the blog it’s brilliant and I am now a fully paid up follower
    Helen

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