GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Kent Cycle Routes

Kent has plenty of attractive cycling options with attractive countryside and coastline.
Dubbed the Garden of England it has some of the country's most memorable scenery including the rolling hills and valleys of the North Downs.
One popular trail for cyclists is the Viking Coastal Trail which runs along the Kent coastline passing through Birchington, Margate and Ramsgate. Also, be sure to explore the coast around Folkestone, Deal and of course Dover with its famous white cliffs while leaving time for a trip to Canterbury to see the beautiful Cathedral.

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You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Kent Cycle Map>>

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Ashford to Canterbury19 miles (30 km)This ride takes you along National Cycle route 18 with some splendid views of the Kent countryside and the North Downs. View Full Details>>
Ashford to Rochester31 miles (50 km)This super ride follows National Cycle route 17 and sections of the North Downs Way and the Pilgrim's Way. There are several off road sections along these two trails making for a largely traffic free ride through the beautiful Kent countryside. View Full Details>>
Barton's Point Coastal Park5 miles (8.5 km)Enjoy a leisurely stroll or ride along the Queenborough Lines canal and the Isle of Sheppey Coast on this circular route in Bartons Point Coastal Park View Full Details>>
Bedgebury Forest6 miles (10 km)Bedgebury is a great place for cyclists with miles of family cycle tracks and a more challenging mountain bike trail. The gentle 10km trail is perfect for exploring the 2000 acre forest at a leisurely pace on generally flat surfaced paths. Adrenalin junkies can enjoy 13km of single-track mountain biking. It's generally graded as a red trail and has fast sweeping gradual descents and some challenging climbs. There's also cycle shop where you can hire a bike. View Full Details>>
Bewl Water12 miles (20 km)This is a walking and cycling route around the beautiful Bewl Water reservoir near Lamberhurst. The route runs alongside the reservoir for most of the way though there is an inland section on quiet country lanes around Tolhurst. It runs for about 12.5 miles with great views of the High Weald AONB. View Full Details>>
Birchington to Sandwich19 miles (30 km)Travel along the Viking Coastal Trail from Birchington to Sandwich and enjoy the lovely Kent coastline and coastal towns.
The route starts at Grenham Bay near Birchington and follows the coastline through Westgate on Sea, Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate before turning inland and finishing at the tourist information office in Sandwich. View Full Details>>
Blean Woods National Nature Reserve6 miles (9 km)Enjoy miles of cycling and walking paths in the ancient woodland of Blean Woods near Canterbury. The site is one of the most extensive areas of broadleaf woodland in Britain and home to a wide variety of wildlife. There's miles of waymarked trails to try with birds such as Nightjar and Woodcock to look out for on the way. View Full Details>>
Brockhill Country Park4 miles (7 km)Brockhill Park has a number of waymarked woodland trails, a lake, open grassland and meadows. The park is rich in wildlife, with marbled white butterflies, green woodpeckers and carpets of snowdrops. There are also excellent facilities with picnic areas and a cafe. View Full Details>>
Capstone Farm Country Park6 miles (9 km)Enjoy several cycling and walking trails in this delightful country park near Gillingham View Full Details>>
Clowes Wood3 miles (5.5 km)Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this area of woodland near Whitstable. The site is also a nature reserve and includes attractive mixed woodland, heathland and wet meadow. Look out for wildlife which includes woodpeckers, Woodcock and if you're lucky an owl. View Full Details>>
Crab and Winkle Way7 miles (10.5 km)This lovely cycling and walking route runs from Whitstable on the Kent coast to Canterbury along National Cycle route 1. It is largely flat and traffic free running along a disused railway line for part of the route while also passing through Blean Woods on the way.
Highlights on the route include the attractive harbour at Whitstable and the splendid Blean Woods National Nature Reserve which isthe largest ancient broadleaved woodland in southern Britain.The magnificent Canterbury Cathedral is also a major attraction on this trail. View Full Details>>
Darenth Country Park1 miles (1.5 km)This country park in Dartford has some nice cycling and walking trails to try. The park has a decent sized car park just off Gore Road, near Darent Valley Hospital. From here you can pick up the 1 mile circuit around the park. The park has nice wide lawns, picnic areas, meadows and pockets of woodland. The area is popular with dog walkers and joggers. View Full Details>>
Dover to Canterbury32 miles (52 km)Starting in Dover follow NCN route 1 along the coast through Kingsdown to Deal where there a views of Deal Castle View Full Details>>
Dover to Sandwich14 miles (22 km)This ride takes you along Regional Route 15 between these two historic Kent towns.
You start on the sea front at Dover and head through Guston, Whitfield and Eastry along quiet country lanes before finishing at the centre of Sandwich. There are train stations at either end of the route making it easily accessible. View Full Details>>
Fowlmead Country Park5 miles (7.5 km)Fowlmead country park is a 200 acre site with a number of walking and cycling trails located in Deal on the Kent coast. The park has eleven zoned areas with each one offering something different for visitors to explore, including rolling woodland and small lakes, superb walks and fabulous views over the east Kent coast. View Full Details>>
Gravesend to Sittingbourne28 miles (45 km)Starting in Gravesend on the banks of the river Thames follow NCN route 1 to Sittingbourne via Rochester and Gillingham View Full Details>>
Greenwich to Gravesend27 miles (43 km)Starting in Greenwich on the banks of the river Thames follow NCN route 1 to Gravesend via Dartford View Full Details>>
Heron Trail13 miles (21 km)This is a lovely circular route around the Hoo Peninsula which is bounded by the River Thames to the north and the River Medway to the south.
The route starts at Higham and follows the trail to Upnoor via the villages of Cliffe and Cooling. The ride passes near the RSPB Northward Hill Reserve where you can see 150 pairs of grey herons-hence the trail name. View Full Details>>
Isle of Harty Trail7 miles (11 km)Starting at Leysdown on Sea on the The Isle of Sheppey, follow a series of quiet country lanes and off road tracks to the Isle of Harty. Highlights on the route include the coastal Leysdown Country Park, the 900 year old Harty Church and the Ferry House Inn near to the Ferry Landing. View Full Details>>
Jeskyns Park2 miles (2.5 km)Explore the woodlands, ponds, orchardsand wildflower meadowsin this country park near Gravesend. Walkers can enjoy a number of waymarked surfaced paths and an 8km grass trail. There are also easy surfaced paths for cyclists. These are good for families looking for a safe ride. View Full Details>>
Joydens Wood4 miles (6.5 km)Explore these ancient woods near Bexleyheathon this easy walk on the border of London and Kent. The area is historically and archeologically significant with remains found from Roman times. This is represented with a series of impressive wooden sculptures. Look out for the Saxon Warrior and Roman Soldier pieces in particular. There's lots of wildlife to see also. Look out for bats, woodpecker, owl and dormouse all of which are represented by a sculpture. View Full Details>>
King's Wood Kent2 miles (4 km)This large area of woodland near Challock has miles of good walking trails to try. There's a good sized sculpture trail with a series of interesting wooden sculptures and pretty bluebells in the springtime. The ancient woodland is comprised of Sweet Chestnut, Beech, Corsican Pine and Douglas Fir. It's a great place for wildlife with species including fallow deer, adders, nightjars and green woodpeckers. View Full Details>>
Leybourne Lakes Country Park4 miles (6 km)Enjoy peaceful, waterside walking and cycling at Leybourne Lakes Country Park, near Maidstone in Kent. In the park you will find 230acres of lakes and woodland providing a peaceful location for wildlife and birdwatching. View Full Details>>
London to Dover99 miles (159 km)This long route travels from London to Dover using National Cycle Network Route 1 to Canterbury and then Regional Route 16 to Dover. It runs for nearly 100 miles using a mixture of quiet roads and signed traffic free paths. View Full Details>>
London to Whitstable71 miles (114 km)Travel along signed cycle paths from the city of London to the lovely Kent based resort of Whitstable. The ride runs for just over 70 miles, using a mixture of off road cycle paths and quiet roads. View Full Details>>
Lower Leas Coastal Park2 miles (4 km)This coastal country park is located in Folkestone and has fabulous views over the Kent coastline. National Cycle Route 2 also runs through the park. View Full Details>>
Maidstone to Rochester11 miles (18 km)This route follows NCN route 17 through the wonderful scenery of the North Downs View Full Details>>
Mereworth Woods5 miles (8 km)These large woods near Sevenoaks have miles of mountain bike trails and woodland walks to enjoy. The ancient woods consist of mixed broadleaf woodland, acid heath and some conifer plantations. The woods include wide bridleways with some steep descents and nice jumps to try. There's also good footpaths for walkers with lots of wildlife to look out for. View Full Details>>
Milton Creek Country Park3 miles (4.5 km)A short circular cycle or walk around Milton Creek Country Park near Sittingbourne in Kent View Full Details>>
Miners Way Cycle Trail30 miles (48 km)This circular cycle route has been created by The White Cliffs Countryside Project and accompanies the Miner's Way Walking Trail. The trail passes through beautiful Kent countryside linking a number of interesting mining villages. The route begins and ends at Sandwich and visits Woodnesborough, Eastry and Eyethorne with splendid views of the North Downs as you go. View Full Details>>
Mote Park1 miles (2 km)This 450 acre park in Maidstone has a lovely lakeside cycling and walking track running through it, using National Cycle Network number 177 View Full Details>>
Oyster Bay Trail7 miles (10.8 km)Enjoy a flat, coastal ride from Reculver to Swalecliff, via Herne Bay View Full Details>>
Pegwell Bay Country Park2 miles (4 km)This park is located near Ramsgate and has splendid views over Pegwell Bay and Sandwich Bay. In the bay is a large nature reserve, known for its migrating waders and wildfowl. A local cycle route runs right through the park so you can take your bike. View Full Details>>
Pilgrims Way47 miles (75.6 km)Follow the Pilgrims Way cycle route from Rochester to Canterbury, through the beautiful North Downs. The route runs for about 47 miles on a mixture of quiet roads and traffic free paths. There's some fairly challenging climbs along the way so to complete in one day is for the more experienced rider. View Full Details>>
Reculver Country Park4 miles (6 km)This country park is located on the Kent coast at Reculver. The cliff top views over Herne Bay are fantastic with a wide variety of wildlife and plantlife to see. The Reculver Towers are also located in the park. They are an important local landmark and are listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. View Full Details>>
Redhill to Tunbridge Wells36 miles (58 km)Starting in Redhill first travel south through Gatwick airport (easier and more pleasant than it sounds!) and then onto the off road Worth Way, Forest Way and Sussex border paths that will take you through East Grinstead and some lovely countryside before finishing in Royal Tunbridge Wells. View Full Details>>
Riverside Country Park3 miles (5 km)Explore the Medway Estuary in 250 acres of country park in Gillingham, Kent View Full Details>>
Royal Military Canal12 miles (19 km)This short cycle route takes you along a lovely cycleable section of the Royal Military Canal near Hythe. View Full Details>>
Rye to Dover39 miles (62 km)This largely flat coastal ride takes you along National Cycle route 2 from Rye in East Sussex to Dover and its famous white cliffs View Full Details>>
Samphire Hoe Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)This coastal country park is located near Dover on the Kent coast. The park was created by using chalk marl from the Channel Tunnel excavations. There are fabulous views of the stunning Shakespeare Cliff and the Strait of Dover. The park is a Nature Reserve with a huge variety of wildlife and a number of nationally rare plant species including the Early Spider Orchid. View Full Details>>
Sheerness Way6 miles (9 km)Opened in 2011 this super, circular cycle and walking route, follows a series of safe, traffic free paths around Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey. View Full Details>>
Shorne Woods Country Park2 miles (4 km)This park near Gravesend has 288 acres of rolling woodlands, wetlands and meadows that can be explored via a variety of waymarked trails, suitable for cyclists and walkers. The park has excellent on site facilities including a visitor centre, cafe, a sensory garden, fishing lakes, a trim trail and picnic and play areas. View Full Details>>
Sittingbourne to Canterbury29 miles (46 km)Follow NCN route 1 through Kent from Sittingbourne to Canterbury View Full Details>>
Sittingbourne to Sheerness11 miles (18 km)This short route follows NCN route 1 to the Isle of Sheppey from Sittingbourne View Full Details>>
South Coast Cycle Route165 miles (265 km)This epic cycle route makes use of signed cycle paths to take you from Southampton to Dover along England's south coast. The 160 mile route has many traffic sections running right along the coast with the remainder running as close to the sea as possible. View Full Details>>
Tonbridge to Penshurst5 miles (8 km)This route take takes you from the town of Tonbridge to Penshurst Place where you can see a 14th century house surrounded by lovely gardens. The ride follows RegionalCycle Route12along a nice traffic free path with views of the River Medway along the way. You'll also pass the pretty Haysden Country Park where there's two nice lakes which offer good opportunities for wildlife watching. It's a 5 mile ride on a fairly flat path so suitable for most abilities. View Full Details>>
Trosley Country Park4 miles (7 km)Enjoy magnificent views of the North Downs in 170 acres of beautiful woodland and chalk downland at Trosley Country Park. There are three waymarked trails of varying difficulty and a trim trail for those looking to get super fit! The Woodland walk trail and the Trosley Trail are both open to cyclists - click here for more details. View Full Details>>
Tunbridge Wells to Ashford42 miles (68 km)This ride takes you along National Cycle route 18 through Kent from Tunbridge Wells to Ashford via Tenterdon. View Full Details>>
Viking Coastal Trail32 miles (51.4 km)This signed circular route takes you on a tour of some of Kent's most beautiful coastline and interesting seaside towns. The route begins at Birchington and visits Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Minster and Reculver. Most of the route takes place on traffic free paths many of which run directly along the coastline. View Full Details>>

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