Looking to ditch the car? We're sharing our favourite days out that are perfect for taking the train and the hopping on your bike at the other end. Trips like these are the best way to reduce your carbon footprint, get some exercise, experience new places and try some delicious food and drink.
A day out by the sea is the perfect way to spend a summers day. Cycling along in the cool sea breeze, there are lots of things for you to experience here. Sip a pint of Shepheard Neame's thirst-quenching "Whitstable bay" at The Royal, try some freshly cooked seafood at one of Whitstable's many sea-food restaurants like the lobster shack, or keep your eyes peeled and look out for some of Catman's street paintings. Whitstable high street is home to many small businesses and shops, each with their own unique qualities and character. Many of these shops sell hand-made goods which make for fantastic souvenirs to remember your day out, so why not shop local and help a small business out
Faversham is known for having one the oldest market places in Kent, and can get very popular throughout the week. A great stop to do some shopping. After that we have Faversham creek, home to the Standard Quay and Iron Wharf boat-yard. The Standard Quay makes for the perfect pit stop as you eat freshly cooked pizzas at papa bianca, and take in the views of the water. Standard quay is also home to various antique shops, a great way to remember your day out. The Iron Wharf boat yard is great for exploring and makes for a nice route along the creek.
Cycling through Folkestone on a hot summers day makes for some beautiful views, where ever you are. Cycling along the beachfront gives you many options for your adventure, cycle down to the harbour arm, home to many exotic food from different countries each with their own flavours and quirks, or visit the old train station platform which has been recently transformed in to a walking route to connect to the harbour arm, or cycle to sunny sands and stop off at the mariner or ship inn for a quick drink.
Cycle through the relaxing high street of Deal and see this historic town, Deal's award winning high-street boasts a high amount of independent shops for you to explore. Cycle through Middle Street and spot signs of Deal’s smuggling history. Visit the pebbly beach of Deal and cycle out to the end of Deal pier, a pier just over 1000ft! This seafront is graced by bespoke bistros and historical buildings all with mouth-watering menus to keep you energised for your cycle. Next cycle to Walmer castle to explore the beautiful grounds that was once a residence of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Relax as you explore the delightful grounds and exquisite formal gardens.
Next up on our adventure is Ramsgate, home of the Royal Harbour and Port. Ramsgate will have you cycling and exploring for hours as you venture through this historic town. The architectural finery with Georgian and Regency squares and cosmopolitan pizzazz are sure to impress anyone. Ramsgate offers a waterside café culture, swish marina and award-winning sandy beach. Visit The Grange, the Gothic home of architect Augustus Pugin or St Augustine’s Church for the family vault and the shrine to St Augustine. Take a tour of the WWII Ramsgate Tunnels, head out on a boat trip from the only Royal Harbour in the country or learn about the history and ideas of home computers at The Micro Museum.
Fancy a day out shopping? Why not treat yourself at Ashford Designer Outlet. This is a great location to visit by bike and public transport. There are cycle lanes on the approach to the centre and many bike stations located on the malls. There are even free air pumps situated at the stations too!
With the centre being located so close to Ashford International Station, it has never been easier to hop on the train with your bike and avoid traffic jams and expensive fuel costs.
Rochester, home of Charles Dickens and jam-packed with history. This town will leave you in awe as you marble at its buildings and surroundings. Track down Charles Dickens literary locations on an expert-led tour or a self-guided trail, with highlights of the Six Poor Travellers House and Miss Haversham’s 'home', Restoration House. Visit the Guildhall Museum, which is alive with interactive Dickens exhibits, while Baggins Book Bazaar, one of England's largest second hand bookshops, is crammed with books perfect for book worms. Most importantly, visit Rochester Castle. This is the second oldest cathedral and was built in 604 and will make for a great stop.
Col's Kent Bike Tours is the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends or family and make memories that will last a life time. Most tours can be reached via the train and are perfect for all levels of cyclists. Including children and four legged friends everyone is welcome.