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  • 28 April 2020

Explore Kent’s top 5 family bike rides

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Everyday Active are helping to inspire families to get out and get active together. Across the county there are all sorts of brilliant places to go, activities to try and events to enjoy, and getting active as a family is a great way to be healthy and have fun together. Our friends at Explore Kent recommend their top five family bike rides to try around the county.

Bedgebury Cycle Tracks

Bedgebury Forest offers two fantastic cycle routes, taking in spectacular scenery and an impressive array of trees, wildflowers and rare wildlife.

The family cycle track is a gentle route around the beautiful woodland. At 6.25 miles (10km) in length, it offers a moderate challenge with gentle gradients on a surfaced trail.

The more challenging single-track mountain bike trail is seven and a half miles (12km) of challenging runs through steeper sections of the forest, including drop-offs, rocky sections and some exciting twists and turns.

Quench Cycles offer bike hire at Bedgebury, so even those without their own bike can head along and explore this stunning woodland landscape from a two-wheeled vantage point.

Crab and Winkle Way – Canterbury to Whitstable

With seven miles of almost traffic-free cycling, the Crab and Winkle Way between Canterbury and Whitstable explores a delightful slice of east Kent, packed with history and nostalgia.

The route is signed from Canterbury West station and joins National Cycle Route 1 through the town near the river at Pound Lane. From Harbledown the route is mostly traffic free, following the old railway line from the Winding Pond (a great place to picnic) to the outskirts of Whitstable.

The route is well-served by bike hire options, and provides a variety of sights and landscapes, from Canterbury’s World Heritage city centre, to the conifers of Clowes Wood and the seaside charm of Whitstable.

Hythe and the Royal Military Canal

This is a 13-mile circular route taking in the unique and historic military monument of the Royal Military Canal. The corridor running along the length of the canal between Seabrook and West Hythe Dam offers a wonderfully easy and relaxing route suitable for walkers, disabled people and cyclists, with picnic tables and benches dotted along the way.

The route takes in the quaint Cinque Port town of Hythe, as well as the nearby Romney Hythe and Dimchurch Railway – the world’s smallest public railway.

Perry Woods Cycle Trail

Set in the heart of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this route from Perry Woods takes you through some of the most picturesque and idyllic country scenery that Kent has to offer.

The rolling countryside is studded only by sleepy villages, historic churches, hop gardens and tractors at work in the fields and orchards.

There are three pubs along the route, making this ride perfect for a family day out with lunch included. The paths are largely suitable for electric scooters, although there are some steep slopes.

Viking Coastal Trail

This longer route is perfect for experienced cyclists, while it can also be enjoyed in smaller sections by novices. It is an epic coastal trail starting at Birchington-on-Sea and winding its way along Thanet’s coastline, taking in pretty villages, the picturesque coastal towns of Ramsgate and Broadstairs and the delightful bays dotted along this stunning stretch of coastline.

The full routes is 32 miles long, but a shorter, nine mile stretch can be enjoyed between Margate and Reculver. There are also several places along the route to hire bikes.


So why not try out one of these rides as a family, or visit to search for more activities near you. There is so much to see and do outdoors across Kent and Medway this summer – you’re sure to find something for the whole family to enjoy.

About Explore Kent

Explore Kent works to promote and actively encourage Kent’s residents to access, enjoy and benefit from the great natural resources that Kent has to offer. They are a Kent County Council led partnership initiative, working with Visit Kent and other partners to promote Kent to the wider UK and European community as an outdoor leisure destination. Find out more about Explore Kent at, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

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