Coast to Cathedral


A stunning cycle journey through the Garden of England!

The 'Coast to Cathedral' route is a spectacular 50 mile (80km), circular ride on Regional Routes 16 and 17 linking Dover, Folkestone and Canterbury.

Regional Routes 16 & 17 - 50 miles (80km) Circular Route
Dover to Canterbury - 21 miles (33km)
Canterbury to Folkestone - 17 miles (27km)
Folkestone to Dover - 12 miles (19km)

The ride is full of leafy lanes and bridleways, undulating hills, expansive skies, woodland, picturesque villages and hamlets - the ideal combination for a cycle holiday and enjoyable day rides.

The best approach for the circular route is anti clockwise via Route 16 as the climb out of Dover is short and steep compared to the longer, more difficult climb out of Folkestone.

The return leg from Canterbury branches off route 16 at Patrixbourne as it picks up the attractive Route 17 through Bridge to follow tranquil valley lanes past Lynsore Bottom to Elham.

Continental travellers can hook up with Le Shuttle Cycle Service (May – September) at Newington, alternatively route 17 skirts left on delightful lanes to Hawkinge and West Hougham, downhill to Dover.

One way day riders on 16 or 17 can take the train on the return leg thanks to stations at Folkestone, Dover and Canterbury.

Ordnance Survey Explorer 150, 138 and Landranger 179 cover this area.

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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015