Those boots were made for walking or pedalling!

Published: Monday 30th Dec 2013

Written by: Carol Attwell

There is no better way to explore the delights of the coast between Herne Bay and Whitstable than by bicycle or on foot and it could be a great way to start one of your New Year’s Resolutions! The charming and varied coastline offers some of the most scenic coastal cycle routes around. There is something for everyone, whether it's a refreshing short break, a fun family day out or simply a challenge.

For the walkers:

The Saxon Shore Way is a 163 mile walk from Gravesend along the north Kent coast and on to Hastings in East Sussex.

The Minnis Bay to Reculver Park - this is a lovely sea walk and cycle route that follows the Viking Coastal Trail and mainly uses the northern seawall. There is plenty to see including a salt-water lagoon and a working shellfish nursery. It is 3.7 miles (6km) one-way or 7.4 miles (12km) returning to the start.

Herne Bay and Whitstable Maritime Heritage Trail- this trail encompasses 3 colour coded trails - red, blue and yellow.

Reculver Walk - enjoy the sights and sounds to be experienced along one of the most rapidly changing stretches of the Kent coastline.

For the cyclists:

Crab and Winkle Way - Originally a six-mile railway line running between Canterbury and Whitstable between 1830 and 1952, some of it was reopened as a cycle and walking route. It passes through beautiful countryside and woodlands including Blean Woods, one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in England, and is home to a wide range of flowers, butterflies and birds.

The Viking Coast Trail - from Pegwell Bay to Reculver - this route can be broken into shorter coastal and inland sections.

Dig out those old dusty walking boots from the back of the cupboard or put some oil on the chain of your bike, and get going!

Carol Attwell
Carol Attwell


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