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lazycyclist
10-04-2010, 07:15
Does anyone know of a good place to stay in the Margate, Ramsgate or Broadstairs area ?

BGD
17-07-2010, 12:53
Possibly too late for you lazycyclist but perhaps useful for others. Here's a post as I submitted it to the MHF forum:

If you find yourself in east Kent or are en route through the nearby Ramsgate or, further afield, Dover / Folkestone ports you might like to try stopping off in Broadstairs (7 sandy beaches, unspoilt town).

The east and west Esplanades that run either side of the main bay (one on Stone Bay, the other from Louisa Bay to Dumpton Gap) are very long and both have no parking restrictions although they can get busy because of it. The western one is the longest and curls around quite some way (perhaps a mile) all with prominent sea views (Broadstairs roads run along a cliff above the beaches). Also it appears from some comments on the other forum that people who live on the eastern side have been quite vocal with complaints about occasional motor homes parking there so to preserve the longevity of the spot it's probably advisable to park along the western side. there's also twice as much room there too and so more spaces.

There's a lot of mini-festivals that happen throughout the year too. A Victorian one at present (mid-later June) and a folk festival (thousands descend) in first week of August.

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EDIT: After posting the above I was driving past Joss Bay today (Broadstairs' surfing beach) and it occurred to me that Elmwood Ave (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&gl=uk&g=38+High+Street,+Broadstairs+CT10+1LH&q=Elmwood+Ave,+broadstairs&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Elmwood+Ave,+Broadstairs+CT10+3PA,+United+Ki ngdom&ll=51.376736,1.440067&spn=0.011519,0.042272&z=15) is perhaps a more ideal wildcamp site.

There are no immediate houses, all you have for company is the bay, its carpark and a posh golf course ('fore'!). It's on the outskirts of the town but still an idyllic little spot and while busy during the day is much quieter at night. If you have kids in tow, walk up to the top of this road and just on the left, there's a field that has goats, donkeys and llamas that will come up to the fence to say hello and take apples, carrots and suchlike from little hands.

Walk down the adjacent Reading Street to look at the one street village with its small post office & grocers plus a village pub. Or carry on down the other side of the hill from Elmwood Ave as it becomes Callis Grange > Bairds Hill to see some lovely houses and a basic but friendly enough Thorley pub with food half way down.

Alternatively follow the main road (North Foreland) back into town towards Broadstairs for the restaurants, bars and beaches of the main town or in the opposite direction there's another Thorley pub called The Captain Digby which is alright if you're not too fussy about what ylou imbibe but its main attraction is a small but free kids soft play area for patrons and an outside kids adventure area with monkey bars and that sort of thing.

Hope it helps someone..

Edit 2: There is also a few good spots along the Royal Esplanade in Ramsgate here (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=royal+esplanade,+ramsgate&sll=51.339979,1.409544&sspn=0.001441,0.005284&gl=uk&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Royal+Esplanade,+Ramsgate+CT11,+United+Kingd om&z=15).

Captain
17-07-2010, 13:15
Nice post BGD, one of the most comprehensive I've seen. Will have a look into Broadstairs next time we are down Kent way.

Thanks for posting and welcome to the site by the way :)


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