Ride 4: Dover to Rye - 43 miles

The Ride 

This is the fourth Ride of the “Cycle 30” group from Dover to. The total distance is around 42 miles.

The first 8 miles of the route is up and down (mostly up) but after we have crossed Folkestone the route goes along the coast and is completely flat.  

This route is all on 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 Dover Priory Station, Meeting point is at the car park outside the station at 10:15 am.

Please note : This ride will be hosted by Neetha. Please look out for her at the station. Her telephone number will be emailed to all the people who have RSVPed for the event.

The train options from London are as follows:

1. From London Bridge to Dover starting at 8:15 which gets to Dover at 10:02 .

2. From Stratford International to Dover at 8:49 am (Change at Ashford

3.Drive to Ashford take the 9:32  train to Dover to get there at 10:02 am.


Train fares and Group Saver tickets

The train ticket you should buy is super off peak day return from London to Dover. And a separate one-way ticket from Rye to Ashford,

The price for the return tickets from London Bridge £32.30
From Stratford International £37.40

Rye to Ashford is £7.10

With Group Savers the fare can reduce to up to 50 % so if you would like to be part of a Group Saver please send me a message with your starting station details, at least 3 days before the ride and we can arrange for people to meet and buy group savers.

The Route 


 The route follows the National Cycle Network Route 2 (NCN 2) and is sign posted all along the way.  People can ride at their own pace along this route.


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 Folkestone, Saint Mary in the Marsh Rye.  

Pit Stop 1


Folkestone: The Sandgate Esplanade .

This stop is on the Esplanade , next to the sea. The stop will be at the crossing of the Sandgate high Street and the Sandgate Esplanade. There are no cafe's at this junction , however the high street is close by where people can wander up and find some shops. The meeting point is near a small memorial at the start of the Esplanade.

 Pit Stop 2:

The Star Inn
St. Mary in the Marsh,
Romney Marsh,
TN29 0BX

By Telephone:[masked]






End of Ride in Rye.


Ye Olde Bell
33 The Mint
East Sussex TN31 7EN


Time Schedule

The approximate time schedule is as follows:

10:30 am Start from Dover

12:00-12:30 pm Pit Stop 1 : Folkestone

2:15 – 3:00  Pit stop 2 – The star inn , St Mary on the Marsh

4:30 pm  End of Ride - Ye Old Bell High Street Rye


End of Ride

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

Getting home:

Trains from Rye to Ashford/London are every back to London are every hours. We will plan to take the 17:46 train back.


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.  It is expected to be very hot on Sunday to please make sure you bring enough water.


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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  • A former member
    A former member

    The greatest ride yet!

    July 14, 2013

  • Neetha

    Mehmet, if you are running late please let us know, can meet you at Folkestone. Change the RSVP if you have changed your mind. Thanks

    July 14, 2013

    • Mehmet

      Hi Neetha, I won't be able to make it unfortunately. I couldnt find how to change RSVP on the app. I ll try to go online on web. Sorry for the inconvenience

      July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have we got any more takers for tomorrow, we need four

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there anybody wanting to leave from Stratford International? Or share petrol costs from Stratford. But you must be able to break down your bike, both wheels will do! I drive a hatchback & the said journey is around 1.5 hrs.

    Speak soon -[masked]

    July 11, 2013

  • Jasmin

    I just have to double check my tires, otherwise, London Bridge is fine for me too. Hope we can get 4 peeps! Thanks. J :)

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i am up for meeting at london bridge to join a saver group it works out at £16 return if there is 4 of us.

    July 11, 2013

  • Androniki S.

    I will possibly meet you in Folkestone. I am having some pain on my knee and I cannot do so many hills. I really want to come so I ll meet you for the flat part of the route.

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    is anyone interested in the saver fare

    July 10, 2013

  • Jasmin

    Any details as yet Vineet? I'm hoping to do this one :)

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    the train from london leaves from charing cross i believe

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are you leaving London from Stratford International? If so you can count me in!

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    if people are travelling to dover from london there is a group saver 4 for 2 which costs £64 return and then a single from rye to ashford costing £3.55 single if anyone is interested can we arrange to meet up and sort it my number is[masked]

    June 30, 2013

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