Kent Cycle Routes
Discover the beautiful countryside of Kent on two wheels not four!
Ashford to Tunbridge Wells
This 42 mile (67km) route runs on small country lanes through the High Weald, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It's the best way to take in Kent's quintessential Garden of England scenery, complete with hops, apple orchards, oast houses and picture postcard villages.
Anybody who thinks Kent is flat might reconsider after this ride, which is not recommended for novice riders. However there are a series of shorter rides that explore the Weald in more manageable chunks.
This forest has a range of new traffic free cycling and mountain biking routes, offering something for everyone. And cyclists can relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery in this 2000 acre forest.
The newly surfaced 10km (6.25 miles) family cycle track is a great route that is suitable for those of various cycling abilities.
For those looking for a more adventurous experience there is over 12km (7.5 miles) of single track, specially designed for mountain biking. The new 'freeride' area also offers challenging jump and stunt sections.
-Bike hire is available at the site
-Showers for both riders and their bikes are also available at the site.
Sandwich to Rye
Follow National Routes 1 and 2 all the way down the Kent Coast taking in outstanding coastal cliff paths, dedicated sea wall cycle paths and peaceful country lanes through Romney Marsh. Both Sandwich and Rye have rail connections to Ashford International and on to London.
Fit, experienced cyclists could cover the entire route in a day, but with good rail links along the coast, it is easy to tackle in stages. Many of the traffic-free sections are generally within the capabilities of children - but don't be overambitious. For a rewarding and relatively gentle day out, try the 9 mile section from Dover to Deal, which runs along a beautiful scenic coastal cliff path.
The Viking Coastal Trail
Whether you're an experienced cyclist or a complete beginner, you'll find plenty to enjoy along the 29 mile (46km) route on the Isle of Thanet peninsular, the point where Vikings first landed in Britain.
The inland loop is on quiet lanes, taking in beautiful Kentish villages with ancient churches and passing Minster Abbey, one of England's oldest inhabited buildings founded in 670AD. If you don't want to undertake the whole trail, try the 9 mile traffic-free stretch that follows the sea wall from Margate to Reculver.
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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015