Ride 2: Rochester (Kent) to Whitstable - 40 miles

 

The Ride

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

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/206966413

 (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 

 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.

Pit-Stops

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.

The Concorde 

120 Wakeley Road
Gillingham
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 

Murston

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,
Faversham,
Kent ME13 7BP

 

 

 

Time Schedule

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 pub:

The Old Neptune, Marine Terrace, Whitstable, Kent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting home:

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

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

Weather

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?

Send me a message or call me on[masked]

 

 

 

 

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  • Neetha

    Beautiful countryside, lovely people, weather wasn't bad either! All in all a great day out , thanks Vineet

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • raphael

    great tour.....nice to meet you all..

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • olga

    Sorry, but due to other commitment will be unable ride this Saturday. Let's do catch up rides on Sunday? I am sure there are other peoples to join, why not?

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    50m climb at the end of the route - your to tough on us!

    May 31, 2013

  • Vineet

    There will be a group of people meeting at London Victoria, ticket counters at 8:30 to buy a group saver ticket to Whitstable. If you want to be part of the group please meet there and look for Eveline, Bridgit of Kumuli. I can send you contact details if you want to join the group

    May 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will be driving to the meeting point. Tnx.

      May 31, 2013

  • Nick R.

    Sorry! I've been called to work on Saturday and can no longer attend. Have a great ride everybody!

    May 31, 2013

  • Serg

    I managed to wreck my bike at the Human Race - Wiggle Tri Challenge last Sunday. Woun't be able to join :( Hopefully I'll fix it soon!

    May 31, 2013

  • Lorraine B.

    Does anyone cycle the same speed as me about ten to twelve miles an hour?

    May 26, 2013

    • Vineet

      Lorraine, the average speed we go at is less than 10 miles, so you will have plenty of company

      May 29, 2013

    • Kimuli

      Hey Lorraine, I've never measured what speed I cycle at, but normally get left behind by the other 'seasoned' cyclists

      May 29, 2013

  • Rob C

    Sorry can't make this one.

    May 28, 2013

  • raphael

    first time...look forward to saturday

    May 27, 2013

  • Lorraine B.

    I would like to attend but only cycle at about 10-12 mph I would like to do it with company rather than alone. Is anyone going along that cycles about the same speed as me? Otherwise I may as well cycle at home in Sussex.

    May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't suppose you have a GPX file for this ride? :D

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Vineet, will you be providing us with the Meet Up instructions and directions.

    May 14, 2013

  • olga

    Really hope to be able to attend. Could you just provide exact instructions how to go the place of meeting?

    May 12, 2013

  • Shaun S.

    i cycled 30 miles to get to london today then spent about two hours cycling 5 more miles trying to find where thames barrier actually was. by the time i found it i was on the wrong side of the river and missed the group! i was gutted. evidently i cant be trusted with a map.

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Jasmin

    Again, can't do Sat - so if anyone is doing a "catch up" ride, I'm well up for it...as long as it is Sunday (rather than Sat). Have fun :)

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Provided its warmed-up by then I would love to come

    April 30, 2013

  • David B.

    Would love to join this one but will be in John O'Groats!

    April 19, 2013

  • Peter

    I would come, but I'll be in Copenhagen

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't do that oke either. Will join the troops on the following ones.

    April 17, 2013

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