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Ride 3: (Catch-up) Whitstable to Dover - 45 miles

  • Jun 29, 2013 · 10:30 AM

The Ride

This is a catch-up ride for people who could not do this route 3 weeks ago. It is the third ride of the “Cycle 30” group from Whitstable to Dover. The total distance is around 45 miles.

This ride will be lead by Neetha.


The first part of the ride is on the famous Crib and Wrinkle route: Canterbury.

The Crab and Winkle Way is a terrific 7.5 mile (12km) mainly traffic-free route, its name from the railway line that once ran between Whitstable and Canterbury. It is mostly flat, It was World’s first passenger railway line when it opened in 1830. But the steam locomotive Invicta couldn’t cope with the gradients and was soon replaced with

cables driven by a winding steam engine. But cyclists today shouldn’t experience any problems with the short climbs!”

Following on from the Crab and Wrinkle way the route goes to the coastal town of Sandwich and then follows a spectacular coastal route to Dover, where you can take a ferry and go to France if you wish. The latter part is mostly flat with only one climb at the end.

This route is 80% on road and 20 % off road. A road bike should be fine for this trip. 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 Whitstable Station, Meeting point is at the car park outside the station at 10:30 am.

The train options from London are as follows:

1. From London Victoria to Whitstable at 8:52 which gets to Whitstable at 10:21.

2. From Stratford International to Whitstable at 9:05 (Change at Rochester) to get to Whitstable at 10:21.

3. Drive to Faversham and take the 10:13 train to Whitstable to get 10:21.

Train fares and Group Saver tickets

The train ticket you should buy is super saver day return from London to Dover, via Faversham. And a separate one-way ticket from Faversham to Whitstable.

The price for the return tickets from Victoria £32.30
From Stratford International £37.20

Faversham to Whitstable is £3.40

With Group Savers the fare can reduce to up to 50 %. if you want to be part of a Group Saver these would need to be arranged amongst yourself using the comments/message board on this site.

The route

The route follows the National Cycle Network Route 1 (NCN 1) and is sign posted all along the way. The first part of the route will be sign will also be sign posted as Crib and Wrinkle way and it is easy to follow. People can ride at their own pace along this route. The towns and villages names that you should look out for along the way are Canterbury, Sandwich and Deal and then Dover.


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 Canterbury, Sandwich and Deal

Pit Stop 1
Canterbury Town Centre
Cafe de Goal
1 Pound Street









Pit Stop 2:

The Kings Arms
65 Strand St  Sandwich, Kent CT13 9HN

Pit Stop 3.

The Port Arms
10, Beach Street, Deal CT14 7AH








End of Ride

Town Centre in Dover


Time Schedule

The approximate time schedule is as follows:

10:30 am Start from Whitstable Station

11:30 am - 11:45am:       Pit Stop 1 – Canterbury

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm :  Kings Arms - Sandwich

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm :        Pit stop 3 – Deal

4:30 pm                         Dover (End of Ride)

End of Ride

The ride will finish at a pub. Details of the pub will be provided.

Getting home:

Trains from Dover back to London both Victoria or Stratford International are:

45 minutes past the hour and 05 past the hours. We will aim to take the 17:45 back to be back in London by 19:30.

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 10 miles, however I will have a Cycle rescue company’s number who can come and give you a ride to the nearest station. The cost of this rescue will be around £30.


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.





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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks nikki for a great ride, the weather was perfect , could not ask for more!

    June 29, 2013

  • Androniki S.

    Perfect weather!Great partner! The road was beautiful !

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Neetha, is the 20% off-road portion fine gravel tracks or are we talking grass fields? I'm on a road bike...

    June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No idea Liam, sorry haven't done this route yet. Vineet has so maybe send him am email?

      June 29, 2013

    • Vineet

      Road bike is fine for this track. The off road has no grass fields it is soft surface.

      June 29, 2013

  • Androniki S.

    So is anybody meeting at Victoria around 8.30 for a group ticket?

    My phone number is 07442812143. I ll be there around this time.

    June 28, 2013

  • Rachel

    I'm sorry I can't make it anymore - still haven't been able to to get my bike. Hope to see you at the next one...

    June 28, 2013

  • Jasmin

    apolgoies to all in advance....I might have to cancel at the last minute due to change of my other travel plans. Let's say if I'm not there by 10:30 (Whitstable Station) - I'm not going to make it. (but right now, I am still coming....if that makes sense?).! Hope to see you all tomorrow...but if not, have a great day! :)

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just to let you know southern rail are doing a 4 for 2 ticket and the fare from London Victoria is £50 for 4 people direct to whitstable and the return from Dover £43 which works out about £24 a person would be interested to know if anyone fancies doing that

    June 28, 2013

    • Vineet

      Andrew it is cheaper to buy a Victoria to Whitstable return and a separate ticket from Dover to Faversham. Or a Dover return with a separate ticket for Faversham to Whitstable. The train back from Dover passes by Faversham

      June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes your right as its only 20p dearer for a return sorry for the bum information but I was going on your £32 return

      June 28, 2013

  • olga

    Sorry guys, cannot do this one as well. But I ll join you onde day.

    June 28, 2013

  • Androniki S.

    Looking forward to it! I was really sad I lost the ride last week!! Perfect!

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I can't get to that one - but you might be interested in the Essex Castle Bike Ride starting from Colchester on 27 July

    June 5, 2013

  • David B.

    At a wedding

    April 19, 2013

  • Peter

    Unfortunately it clashes wit the Lambeth Cyclists' monthly Architecture Bike Ride

    April 18, 2013

  • Jasmin

    Woo hoo! Free Saturday! Look forward to it :)

    April 17, 2013

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