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About The Thanet Walking Festival

Thanet lies at the easterly corner of the county of Kent on the coastal corner of England, just north east of the city of Canterbury. It includes the historic seaside towns of Margate and Broadstairs and the port of Ramsgate.

Through the ages Thanet has been an island and the ancient rivers of the Wantsum and the Stour must still be crossed to reach us. Thanet has all the characteristics traditionally associated with islands, a varied coastline, bays and beaches, historic ports and harbours, inland villages with ancient churches marking the path of St. Augustine, and contrasting countryside, from rolling farmland to secluded former marshes.

For the walker there is a gentle terrain and splendid views with that special light and wonderful sunset which so inspired J M W Turner's famous seascape paintings, soon to be celebrated in a new award winning exhibition centre.

A place so close to Europe ensures a rich heritage which the town walks explore. The birth of the seaside holiday at Margate means that many famous people including Nelson and Dickens lived or spent their holidays here.

The country rambles venture further afield using the public footpath network to enjoy the fresh air, the views and the varied environment at firsthand. They provide a day of relaxing walking with lunch stops in villages along the way.

The Thanet Walking Festival has been held for nine years and brings together in one week the most popular Thanet walks from the White Cliffs Ramblers Association regular walking programme and the special interest town walks provided by local civic and historical societies.

Thanet is 'on the move', Come and join us!

View the Festival Programme