Location: The Pier, Ramsgate
Walk: 1.1m (1.75km). Medium. Some footways narrow.
Keeper: Michael Hunt
Exit Ramsgate Railway Station and seek your destiny. With your back
to the station skirt round the island and follow Station Approach Road
on your left to its end. At the bottom, head right downhill, passing
on your left the One Hundred and Eighty, once the Shakespeare Tavern
named, not directly after the Bard, but for the locomotive
that pulled the first train into the former South-Eastern Railway station.
The site of the old station is now behind you, occupied by the flats
named Chatham Court.
The road downwards gets steeper. Go across the traffic lights; pass
the East Kent Arms on your left where the Townley Castle once stood.
Townley House, with it’s niched figures, still stands to your
right now in the guise of Farley’s Furniture. The grounds of red
brick Chatham House School, alma mater of Prime Ministers, allow a glimpse
of St. Georges Tower – a future landmark on your way. Passing
Chatham House and then left by Howling Sounds second-hand record store,
bringing you into the High Street. Heading downward still (you’re
getting nearer the sea) follow the narrowing High Street (glancing left
up Church Hill as you pass for a sight of the newly restored tower of
St. George the Martyr), until it becomes pedestrianised. Don’t
turn up Pig Alley (unless you want to).
You’re entering Bank and Post Office and Woolies land now. Watch
out for Peacocks on the left and Bunnies to the right. Over the cross
roads of King and Queen and into Harbour Street for a reason that quickly
Climb left up Albion Hill then cross to the right hand side of the road
and descend the steps through the shrubbery.
We’re in Mr Pulham’s fake stone Grotto here. Then turn left
past Pulhamite rocks and the waterfall (which may or may not be falling)
to the steps. Raise your eyes and Destiny awaits you in her ring of
gold. The letterbox is at the end of the pier, to the right of the café,
attached to the rail.