Three Trails, Three Great Experiences! Get Exploring Today!
The Crab and Winkle Way
A breathtaking trip through woodland, open farmland, orchards and farmyards, following the route of ‘the first regular steam passenger railway in the world’ to and from the historic city of Canterbury and the fashionable seaside resort of Whitstable.
Recommended for: All able cyclists. Not recommended for small children. Not suitable for child trailers (unless you are willing to lift them over 2 gateways).
Distance: Approx 7 miles.
Time: Approx 1hr 20 mins each way.
Signposted: Yes (Detailed map and instructions also supplied)
Terrain: Some hilly sections.
Surface: Compacted gravel / tarmac sections. Can get muddy.
Tips: Start at Whitstable as the route is slightly more uphill to Canterbury. Enjoy the downhill on the way back!
The Oyster Bay Trail
An exhilarating scenic ride along the coast between Whitstable, Herne Bay and Reculver, with beautiful views over the sea and coastline made famous by the paintings of JMW Turner and including a visit to the Roman / Saxon heritage site of Reculver.
Recommended for: All competent cyclists.
Distance: 8 – 9 miles in total (Whitstable – Herne Bay 4 miles / Herne Bay – Reculver 5 miles)
Time: Approx 1hr 30 mins each way
Signposted: Yes. (Detailed map and instructions also supplied)
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 3 Trails Experience
Combining The Crab and Winkle Way, The Oyster Bay Trail and The Blean Wood Trail. Starting from Canterbury, Whitstable or Herne Bay, 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 or Herne Bay: approx 26 miles.
Time: 2 hours 30 minutes – 3 hours
Tips: Use the Herne Bay link to cut distance (approx 5 miles) and time (approx 45 mins) from your journey.