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  • Writer's pictureSophie Button

Thanet's Natural Beauty

This corner of Kent offers fantastic natural beauty for those who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. Broadstairs and the surrounding seaside towns have some of the most picturesque coastlines in the country. Here at Broadstairs Apartments, our luxury self-contained apartments are in the perfect location for you to go out and explore everything that Broadstairs countryside has to offer! These are some of our favourite places to visit for when you want to get in touch with nature.

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Thanet Coast Project

The Thanet Coast Project was set up to raise awareness of marine life, and to work with the local community to safeguard costal wildlife. This fantastic organisation runs ‘Seashore Safaris’ touring the bays of Thanet coast, exploring chalk reef and rockpools in search of marine life. This is a great way to experience these local beauty spots, in a way that is enjoyable and educational, suitable for all ages! More information and booking details can be found here. Not only this, but there’s also the opportunity for a guided tour of ‘The Smugglers Trail’ led by a geologist to give you an insight into the history of the Kingsgate coastline. Learn more and book your tour here!

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Monkton Nature Reserve

This former chalk quarry has been transformed into a 16-acre Nature Reserve home to many of Britain’s protected and endangered species. Take advantage of the nature trails which guide you through the various habitats. The chalk cliffs are now home to birds and bats and are used by great crested newts for hibernation. The reserve’s ponds are home to dragonflies, damsel flies and visited by the rare water vole. The reserve’s diverse ‘Sparrowhawk Woods’ are the perfect opportunity for a woodland walk. These woods have a fantastic variety of flowering plants including orchids and bluebells, visible from the circular walk. To find out more about what the reserve has to offer, click here.

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Viking Costal Trail

This fantastic route acts as a tour of Thanet’s picturesque coastline, it’s the perfect trail for keen cyclists. The trail in full is 32 miles, which you can split into manageable chunks, an excellent guide to the trail can be found here. Discover Broadstairs from your bike as you cycle from King George VI Memorial Park to the North Foreland Lighthouse (pictured above). When you’re ready to take a break, why not stop in Broadstairs for a pub lunch? From the coastal trail you have easy access to the Dickens House Museum, Viking Bay, and of course, the North Foreland Lighthouse. Wherever you find yourself along the route, you’ll find an abundance of inspirational scenery, rural villages, and a glimpse of local history.

Pegwell Bay Country Park

This is Kent Wildlife Trust’s largest reserve and recognised internationally for its bird populations. Pegwell Bay Country Park includes Kent’s only ancient dune pasture, which is home to many rare plants and animals, but the birds here are the real star of the show. Hear the birdsong of Nightingales, cuckoos and many warbler species and, as we transition from Summer to Autumn, we expect to see waders and waterfowl feeding on the saltmarsh. With fantastic views of Sandwich and Ramsgate, plenty of walking trails, and picnic spots, this is the perfect family day out.

We will certainly be making the most of Thanet’s natural beauty, we hope you will embrace all that the coast has to offer!

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