This is the second ride of the “Cycle 30” group from Rochester in Kent to Whitstable a coastal town at the mouth of the Thames Estuary. (Please note the start and end points of this ride have been changed from what was previously advised, this is to avoid the a big hill ride toward the end of the route)
This ride is nearly 40 miles, most of it country road and we will pass through a few Kent towns. The route goes up and down however there are no really steep climbs. It is a mixture of traffic free and on road cycling. It is suitable for road bikes or hybrids. Mountain bikes don’t work that well on these long distance roads. The link below shows the main route including an elevation graph
(Please note by default the distance markers are shown in km, if you want to see these in miles you need to create an account on mapmyride and then you can change the setting to imperial)
The site also has a link for downloading a GPX file for all the high tech riders who know what I am talking about.
Getting to the Starting Point
The starting point is Rochester Station, which in the heart of Rochester town, on the high street (ME1 1HQ)
The meeting point is the car park in front of the station.
Trains to Rochester come from London Victoria, Charring Cross or London Bridge, there is no restriction on taking bikes of South Eastern railways on weekends so if you want to come by train it is easy if you live in the South side of London.
If you want to drive, there is parking at the Station, it is pay and display and the cost is £4 for the day. Make sure you carry enough coins
Meeting time is latest by 10:00am, we will start exactly at 10:15am so if you can’t get there by then you won’t find anyone at the meeting point.
The route follows the National Cycle Network Route 1 (NCN 1) and is sign posted all along the way. People can ride at their own pace along this route. Just keep looking for signs for Cycle Network 1, The towns and villages we cross are Rainham, Newington, Kemsley, Sittingbourne, Faversham, Whitstable, so watch out for these signs. However we stop often so people can bunch up again and be close to each other.
We will stop every 5 miles for a quick catch up, and there will be 3 longer stops of 20-30 minutes approximately after every 10 miles.
The pit stops have deliberately been kept to be frequent and of short duration, so don’t expect to sit down for a proper Sunday roast on the ride. Stopping for a long lunch is not advisable as your muscles may refuse to work after such a long rest. The stops are near pubs or high street, so you can get a quick drink and a sandwich, but it is advisable to bring your lunch. The ride will end at a pub where you can get a proper meal if you wish.
The three designated pit stops will be near Rainham, Sittingbourne and Faverham.
Pit stop 1
A quick stop for a drink at the 9 mile mark. The pub opens at 11:00 am so you can nip in for a drink.
120 Wakeley Road
Kent ME8 8NP
Pit stop 2
This will be the lunch stop. If the group is small < less than 8. we can have a quick pub lunch here. There is a park area close by so people who want a picnic lunch can have one there. This is at 19 miles
The New Inn
Sittingbourne, Kent ME10
Pit stop 3
The tea stop. This is at 29 miles. around 10 miles to the end. This pub is reputed to have the best beer garden in Kent
The Anchor Inn
52 Abbey St,
Kent ME13 7BP
The approximate ox time schedule is as follows:
10:15 am Start from Rochester Station
11:15 am – 11:45am: Pit Stop 1 - Rainham
1:00pm – 1:30 pm: Pit Stop 2 : Sittingbourne
2:45pm – 3:15 pm: Pit stop 3 – Faverham
4:45 pm Whitstable (End of Ride)
End of Ride
The ride will finish the Whitstable station, there is a very nice pub less than a mile from the station reputed to have the best sunset in England. We will head to this pub before taking the train back home.
The Old Neptune, Marine Terrace, Whitstable, Kent.
Trains from Whitstable back to Rochester/London are every 30 minutes at 09 minutes and 39 minutes past the hour. The journey time is around 1:30 hours minutes therefore the plan will be leave before 6:09pm to be back in london by 7:36 pm.
The train ticket back to London is £21 and ticket back to Rochester is £11.90. We can get a Group saver tickets in groups of 4 which reduces the ticket price to 50 %. If you want to be part of a group saver please send me a message and I will arrange these tickets.
Break-downs, getting lost, giving up or arriving late
If you have a breakdown or any other issue with the ride there are train station every 5-6 miles along the route. So if you are walking distance from one the stations you can find your way to the nearest station and go back.
Safety along the route is your responsibility, so please make sure you are watching out for pedestrians and cars and taking special care through towns and villages
What to bring
Here is an initial list of things you should consider while packing for this trip ; Water; Food, including lunch, chocolate energy bars ; Helmet; First aid kit ; Shinny Safety jacket ; Waterproof gear (depending on the weather forecast); Money for pint and train tickets
The ride will go ahead under most weather conditions, it will be only be cancelled if the forecast if heavy thunder showers or flood warnings.
Any other questions?
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