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!
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 🙂