This year’s Jane Austen walk, on Sunday 22nd August, takes us to Ramsgate. As with several of our previous walks, the route combines a scenic out-of-town (ish) ramble with guided tour of urban points of interest. The overall length is just under four miles. It should be noted that there is some challenging terrain (mostly in the form of the “Jacobs Ladder” steps from the harbour up into town, though an alternative route via road should be possible).
We will meet outside the Belle Vue Tavern in Pegwell (Pegwell Rd, Ramsgate, CT11 0NJ) around 1.15pm. The pub opens at midday and the walk starts at 1.30pm, giving members time to have lunch first if desired. Members travelling by car should be able to find plenty of on-street parking in and around Pegwell Road.
We will enter Ramsgate along the Westcliff Promenade, offering fine sea views. On arrival in the town centre we will tour the surviving Georgian areas, pointing out connections with Jane Austen’s family and her books. On the eastern side of town we will descend to sea level (a choice of steps or road) and return westwards. The tour concludes with a stop at one of the delightful cafés opposite the marina, following which we will return to our starting point, again via Westcliff Promenade.
(For those who still fancy more walking, we may hold a straw poll at this point to see if anyone wants to go to the replica Viking ship at Pegwell Bay! Otherwise, the Belle Vue Tavern will still be open for anyone who wants more refreshment.)
Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to incorporate the train station into the walk as it’s quite a distance from the parts of town that are of interest. This also means that we couldn’t include St Laurence’s church (where Francis Austen and Mary Gibson were married). Those coming by train* may wish to visit the church on their way to the starting point at Pegwell; similarly those coming by car could visit via a small detour on their way home.
* Please check train availability carefully as there are engineering works on the day