Cycling in Kent #Bikeweekuk

Whether you’re a cycling newbie or a seasoned cycling pro there will be something to get your pedal stuck into for Bike Week which runs from 10th-17th June 2017. If you’re looking for inspiration to get started then you’ve come to the right place!

With family friendly traffic free routes in parks to long distance days out for the more adventurous, cycling in Kent has something for everyone.

Take the Viking Coastal Trail, for instance. Circling the beautiful Isle of Thanet, this 32 mile trail with the vibrant seaside resorts of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Coast past a string of blue flag beaches and wind across cliff-top paths, through harbour towns with a backdrop of glorious coastal views. What’s more, divide the ride up into a series of shorter routes and you have a weekend cycling break packed with heritage, history and glorious coastal views.

Or how about spending an afternoon exploring the 10 mile Tudor Trail from Tonbridge Castle to Penshurst Place? From the historic Tonbridge Castle, the route follows the River Medway, looping through 165 acres of woodland, lake and meadows at tranquil Haysden Country Park, before making a final ascent to Penshurst Place, where you can park up the bike and explore the magnificent house and gardens or make a pit-stop for a cream tea.

When it comes to family cycling, check out the Isle of Harty Trail, an 8 mile tour from lively Leysdown-on-Sea, past beaches, nature reserves and plenty of scenery along the way.

Take a spin through Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest with its world-class collection of conifers, adrenaline-fuelled mountain-biking tracks and gentle family trails. Hire a bike from the guys at Quench Cycle hire saving you the hassle of bringing along your own bikes! If you’re looking for something new and exciting, check out the new cycle offering at Betteshanger Country Park with great family rides for beginners to routes for the more adventurous. There’s bike hire there too! If you’re over in North Kent, then you’ll have a pedal of a time at Gravesend’s Cyclopark offering open air cycling in a modern environment for all abilities.

When you need a side of support and encouragement with your two-wheeled adventures, you’re sure to find something at HSBC’s Let’s Ride. From women’s only Breeze Rides to sofa to saddle Ride Social’s, there will be a group in your local area heading out – go along to join like minded riders and make new friends while you’re at it!

Finally if you’re chomping at the bit to learn to ride then you’ll find just the ticket thanks to free adult cycling training from Kent County Council.  There are learn to ride courses taking place at several locations in Kent this summer.  The courses are free and are perfect if you can’t ride a bike and really want to learn how to or need to build your confidence riding on the road.

So whether you’re cycling to work for a change or trying out one of Kent’s scenic cycling routes you’re sure to fall in love with cycling this month or better still for the rest of your life!


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