Route details

The Crab and Winkle Way

Through woodlands, open farmland, orchards and farmyards, following the route of ‘the first regular steam passenger railway in the world’.

Starting at: The popular seaside resort of Whitstable.

Recommended for: All able cyclists. Not recommended for small children.

Distance: Approx 7 miles.

Time: Approx 1hr 20 mins each way.

Signposted: Yes (Detailed map and google map supplied plus lots of helpful advice)

Terrain: Some slightly hilly sections!

Surface: Gravel and tarmac sections.

The Oyster Bay Trail

Between Whitstable, Herne Bay and Reculver. The trail is almost entirely flat with great views over the sea and coastline and including a visit to the Roman / Saxon heritage site of Reculver.

Recommended for: All competent cyclists.

Distance: 8 – 9 miles one way (Whitstable – Herne Bay 4 miles / Herne Bay – Reculver 5 miles)

Time: Herne Bay Approx 45 mins each way - Reculver, approx 1hr 30 mins each way

Signposted: Yes. (Detailed map and google map supplied plus lots of helpful advice)

Terrain: Almost entirely flat.

Traffic: Almost entirely traffic free

Surface: Mainly Concrete – a grass section at Reculver with plastic webbing underneath

Tips: Start at 10am allowing plenty of time to explore the coastline and stop for a swim on your own secluded beach!

The Blean Wood Trail

The 3 Trails Experience

The Blean Wood trail links The Crab and Winkle Way and The Oyster Bay Trail into a circular route. Starting from Whitstable the Three Trails Experience combines the best countryside, woodlands and coastal scenery of all three routes.

Distance: Starting from Whitstable: approx 26 miles.

Time: 3 hours / 4 hours

Tips: Use the Herne Bay link to cut distance (approx 5 miles) and time (approx 45 mins) from your journey.