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7 of the best cycling routes in Kent

By Amy Nickalls

The beautiful Kentish countryside can be enjoyed on leisurely walks and train rides but one of the best ways is to pick up your bike.

People in Deal have come together to try and make Deal a top cycling destination.

Cycle Friendly Deal is a two year scheme funded by a £100,00 government grant to try and attract visitors to stay longer.

We've put together a list of some of the best routes you can take through out the county as you make your way to the coast.

Betteshanger Country Park

Betteshanger Country Park in Deal
Betteshanger Country Park in Deal

With its wide open spaces and nature at every corner, Betteshanger Country Park is the perfect place for biking.

The park on Sandwich Road in Deal has more than 100 bikes to hire to make it easier for you to get around the 250 acres.

Viking Coastal Trail

The trail takes you past the Turner Contemporary
The trail takes you past the Turner Contemporary

Further east, you can follow the Viking Coastal Trail to enjoy beautiful sandy beaches and the chalk cliffs found across Thanet.

The 27-mile route takes you around Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgae and surrounding villages.

Bewl Water

Bewl Water is a lovely place for a bike ride
Bewl Water is a lovely place for a bike ride

The paths around the lake are fairly flat which makes Bewl Water the best place for a family cycle ride.

You can also opt to pay for a guided cycle tour around the reservoir.

Bedgebury Pinetum

Enjoy the forest at Bedgebury. Picture: Martin Apps
Enjoy the forest at Bedgebury. Picture: Martin Apps

Bedgebury offers a real adventure. The website advises you to take on this cycle with a map and mobile phone as it's not uncommon for people to get lost in the forest!

Crab and Winkle Way

The Crab and Winkle route is popular among cyclists
The Crab and Winkle route is popular among cyclists

The Crab and Winkle way takes its name from the pioneering railway line which ran between Canterbury and Whitstable from the early part of the 19th century and was one of the first to be built in Great Britain. The route is roughly seven miles (11.3km) of almost traffic-free cycling.

Hythe and Royal Military Canal

Give the swans a wave as you cycle past them on your ride around the canal
Give the swans a wave as you cycle past them on your ride around the canal

The canal stretched 28 miles along the old cliff line that borders Romney Marsh from Hythe to Cliff End.

There's no traffic to compete with as you push your pedals around the tranquil water.

Sheerness Circular Route

Get on your bike: Picture Credit:PA Photo/Kirsty Masterman
Get on your bike: Picture Credit:PA Photo/Kirsty Masterman


For a more casual ride along enjoy the five and a half mile route that links the searfront with Barton's Point Coastal Park before running the length of the Queensbrough lines.

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