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Top Cycling Routes in Kent

Top Cycling Routes in Kent

Whether you do it for the health benefits or the sense of adventure, cycling is a great way to explore Kent. The county is home to some of England’s most beautiful countryside and has plenty of top cycling trails. So hop on your bike and get ready as we run down some of the best cycle routes in Kent.

Viking Coastal Trail

No other route can showcase Kent’s coastline like the Viking Coast Trail. Following this trail is a brilliant way to see the shores of Margate, Broadstairs, and Ramsgate. Starting in the seaside town of Margate, you will pass through popular tourist attractions such as the Viking Ship at Pegwell Bay, the Dickens House in Broadstairs, the Turner Contemporary at Margate, Ramsgate Maritime Museum, and the St. Augustine’s Cross.

Spanning almost 27 miles, the cycle trail is perfect for a day trip, and will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours (without stopping).

Crab and Winkle Way

The Crab and Winkle way is an 8.2-mile cycle trail that follows an old railway line between Canterbury and Whitstable. Experience the blissful breeze as you travel from the grassy heights of Canterbury and trace the winding railway before finally emerging at the Whitstable coastline. As the one-way ride only takes about an hour, you can take your time and maybe even visit the Invicta – the original train that ran on the railway, which has been restored and is on display in the Canterbury Heritage Museum. You can also stop by and have a picnic on the Winding Pond, which used to supply water for the railway engines.

With so much rich history to take in, be sure to spot the unique fishermen’s huts on the Whitstable shores and visit the historic quay. If you love seafood check out the fish market and seafood restaurants at Whitstable

Oyster Bay Trail

The Oyster Bay Trail from Whitstable to Reculver is one of the most picturesque in Kent. Ride along the flat coastal line on the broad promenade at Herne Bay. This eight-mile path covers a flat trail along the coast and gives riders great sea views as well taking them past historic buildings. The Telegraph recommends the ruined church at Reculver as the perfect place to have a picnic on a summer day.

On the way to Swalecliff, the path follows a ravine down to the breakwaters then finally emerges onto a broad promenade beside a serene cliff top view of Herne Bay, perfect for soaking in the refreshing winds from the coast. Another option is to diverge into a woodland section of the Herne Bay promenade around Bishopstone.

Cycle Events

If you feel like cycling for a good cause then Kent has several cycle events you can take part in. The biggest is the Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge, which attracts more than 1,200 riders every year. The route is split into three distances – 100 miles, 75 miles, and 45 miles – and will take you all around Kent. For those who are more daring they can try cycling from London to Paris. An article by Save the Children reports that on the first day of the London to Paris Cycle 2019 the riders go through the Kent countryside before reaching the iconic white cliffs of Dover. The perfect way to see the Kent countryside, get fit, and help those in need.

Kent is one of the top cycling destinations in the UK. Don’t take our word for it, get on your bike and see for yourself.

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Dan is Managing Director for Inspire Kent and Choice Group Asia Media Group, which includes some of the biggest media for foreigners in Thailand.

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