Cycle Routes in Kent

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White Cliffs of Dover

Kent has plenty of attractive cycling options with attractive countryside and coastline.
Dubbed the Garden of England it has some of the country's most memorable scenery including the rolling hills and valleys of the North Downs.
One popular trail for cyclists is the Viking Coastal Trail which runs along the Kent coastline passing through Birchington, Margate and Ramsgate. Also, be sure to explore the coast around Folkestone, Deal and of course Dover with its famous white cliffs while leaving time for a trip to Canterbury to see the beautiful Cathedral.

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Kent including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

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 Short Routes: <15 miles (25km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Barton's Point Coastal Park5 miles (8.5 km)*
Brockhill Country Park4 miles (7 km)*
Capstone Farm Country Park6 miles (9 km)*
Crab and Winkle Way7 miles (10.5 km)*
Dover to Sandwich14 miles (22 km)***
Fowlmead Country Park5 miles (7.5 km)*
Heron Trail13 miles (21 km)*
Isle of Harty Trail7 miles (11 km)*
Leybourne Lakes Country Park4 miles (6 km)*
Lower Leas Coastal Park2 miles (4 km)*
Maidstone to Rochester11 miles (18 km)***
Milton Creek Country Park3 miles (4.5 km)*
Mote Park1 miles (2 km)*
Oyster Bay Trail7 miles (10.8 km)*
Pegwell Bay Country Park2 miles (4 km)*
Reculver Country Park4 miles (6 km)*
Riverside Country Park3 miles (5 km)*
Royal Military Canal12 miles (19 km)*
Samphire Hoe Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)*
Sheerness Way6 miles (9 km)*
Shorne Woods Country Park2 miles (4 km)*
Sittingbourne to Sheerness11 miles (18 km)*
Trosley Country Park4 miles (7 km)*

 Mid Distance Routes: 16 - 30 miles (26-50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Ashford to Canterbury19 miles (30 km)**
Birchington to Sandwich19 miles (30 km)*
Gravesend to Sittingbourne28 miles (45 km)**
Greenwich to Gravesend27 miles (43 km)*
Miners Way Cycle Trail30 miles (48 km)***
Sittingbourne to Canterbury29 miles (46 km)**

 Long Routes: > 30 miles (50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Ashford to Rochester31 miles (50 km)***
Dover to Canterbury32 miles (52 km)**
Redhill to Tunbridge Wells36 miles (58 km)***
Rye to Dover39 miles (62 km)**
Tunbridge Wells to Ashford42 miles (68 km)***
Viking Coastal Trail32 miles (51.4 km)**


 Kent Cycling Links
NameDescription
Bedgebury ForestBedgebury Forest in the High Weald of Kent has used funding from Sport England and The Forestry Commission to create a cyclist’s paradise amongst the trees. 
Canterbury CouncilA selection of routes and information for the area
High Weald AONBLovely site with walking and cycling routes information
Kent CCWalking and Cycling pages for the county
Kent DownsAttractive site with useful information on the Kent Downs
Kent UniversityCycling information for students
Medway CouncilUseful information and route pdfs
North Downs WayA wealth of information about this trail
Spokes KentSPOKES an active campaign group set up to encourage cycling and publicise its benefits
Tunbridge Wells CouncilUseful resource for the area
Viking Coastal TrailNice site with a lot of useful information on this trail


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