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 historic city of Canterbury or 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. Can get muddy.

Tips: Start at Canterbury if you are going one way (enjoy the undulating descent to the coast)

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 if you are planning to cycle both ways – 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 Canterbury or Whitstable the Three Trails Experience combines the best countryside, woodlands and coastal scenery of all three routes.

Distance: Starting from Canterbury: approx 30 miles. 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.