Celebrating Cycling in Kent

18th March 2020

It's important to get out in nature, get some fresh air and your blood pumping - which means it's the perfect time to get out and cycle around the varying landscapes in Kent! It doesn't matter whether you're a beginner or well on your way to making the Tour de France - make sure you take the opportunity to get out an explore Kent on two wheels now!

Cycle by the water

Across in West Kent, Bewl Water is ideal for families as it’s very flat for newbies and little ones, and their cycle trails cover stunning lakeside views! But if you’d rather head down the coast and be cooled by the sea air on a warm day, take a ride along the Military Canal for a few miles, or perhaps go right along the beach on the Princes Parade. Biking at Bewl

Photo: Josh Carter

Exploring Kent by bike

Across Kent there are trails taking in some tough hills, effortless coastal paths and countryside pathways, and Explore Kent have put together some of the best to follow on a weekend or summer's evening. Between Swalecliffe and Reculver is the 6.7 mile Oyster Bay Trail which is home to a SSSI and takes in history and sweeping sea views. Just a little down the coast is the start of the Crab and Winkle Way, which is an old railway line between Whitstable and Canterbury – at 7.5 miles it’s an enjoyable mix of woodland, country and seaside finished by a little city centre. If those sound a little too challenging then the 3 miles between Chartham and Canterbury along the Great Stour Way might be up your street. With a dedicated cycle path following the Stour it’s perfect for families and short jaunts. Get out and Explore

East Kent’s views

Thirty-two miles might sound a little bit much to the casual cyclist, but that is the full route of the Viking Coastal Trail in Thanet so don't go backpedalling out of this bit just yet. Being a leisure route connecting the seaside towns of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, you can cycle for as long or little as you wish. Along the way, expect to see historic sites such as ‘Hugin’, the Viking ship, to Dickens’ House through to the Turner Contemporary. Being well signposted as it’s along Regional Cycle Network 15, the mostly flat route is open to amateurs and semi professionals alike. Shoreline exploration

Pedal in the Weald

With its stunning countryside, plenty of lanes and varying gradients, the Weald in west Kent is one reason that the Tour de France finished a stage in the county back in 2007. Take on your own challenge by cycling some of the 30km trails and tracks at Bedgebury Pinetum, or head to the rural villages of Cranbrook or Goudhurst. Similar to the Crab & Winkle, there is a disused railway line called the Forest Way that runs between Groombridge and East Grinstead - shaded and off road means it's fitting for the family cycle. Trailing around Tunbridge Wells