The next ride: 14-15 June, Kent weekender

Saturday 14 June
The first ride is from Canterbury to Whitstable and back, along the NCR1, ‘The Crab and Winkle Way’, which is 15 miles as an all round trip.

The cycle route starts from Canterbury West Station, which is a 5 mins ride for those staying at the Victoria Hotel and a 9 mins ride for those staying at the Youth Hostel.

11am meet at Canterbury West Station
1pm arrive in Whitstable.

I have estimated 2 hrs for the 7.5mile ride so that we may have time to view the 13th century church of St Cosmus and St Damian and also to take in the delights of Blean Woods, an RSPB nature reserve.

1pm – 4pm lunch and sight-seeing in Whitstable

We could either have a sandwich lunch on the beach if it is a nice day or at a pub, ‘The Royal’, which is right on the seafront and has reasonably priced food with a good vegetarian selection.

I have estimated times so that we could visit Whitstable’s Museum and Gallery which has both permanent and touring exhibitions. We may also wish to go for a stroll along the Saxon Shore Way and the cliff-top lawns of the Tankerton Slopes with their colourful wooden beach huts and which offers a great view of ‘The Street’ – a narrow shingle ridge stretching half-a-mile out to sea at low tide.

4pm – 5.30pm return to Canterbury

Sunday 15 June
Margate to Swalecliffe, ‘The Oyster Bay Trail’, 15 miles.

10.30am Meet Canterbury West Station
10.39am Train to Margate arriving 11.10am
11.10am – 3pm Visit Turner Contemporary or the famous Shell Grotto and have lunch either on the beach or at one of the many pubs or eating places in the locality.
3pm – 6pm Cycle Margate to Reculver – 8 miles
Reculver to Swalecliffe – 7miles

Return from Swalecliffe to Canterbury either by bike along the Crab and Winkle Way,making a round trip of 24 miles, or by train to Canterbury West Station.

Please feel free to comment or make suggestions for any changes for the weekend.

Contact Angela if you still need any details:
angela.coulter@btinternet.com

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