A beautiful ride through woods and trees, orchards, farmland and open countryside following the route of the 'first regular, passenger, steam railway line in the world'!

Recommended for: all competent cyclists. An adventurous / challenging route for children and elderly cyclists. Not recommended for Child Trailers (unless you are happy to lift the trailer over 2 gates).

Distance: 6 - 7 miles

Signposted: Yes. (Detailed map and instructions also supplied)

Time: Canterbury to Whitstable, approx 1hr 15mins - Whitstable to Canterbury (more uphill) approx 1hr 25mins

Terrain: Gentle hills and slopes, some quite taxing for anyone unused to cycling.

Surface: Compacted gravel - can be a little muddy in winter.

Traffic: Almost entirely traffic free. Some back streets and alleyways at the beginning and end.

Tips: Start at 10am if you are planning to cycle both ways - allowing plenty of time to explore Canterbury or Whitstable before turning back. There is much to see in the famous (and now very cool) oyster town of Whitstable and a wealth of heritage in the historic city of Canterbury. The journey times sound short but the route is a real adventure - you won't be disappointed.