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 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
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.
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.