This leisurely tour is ideal for families or those wanting to enjoy the wonderful beaches and fascinating history of this unspoilt area. There is glorious cycling route right beside the sea, castles and medieval towns to explore and a rich maritime history of old ports, shipwrecks and smuggling to discover.
1 All day
Arrive at Dover
Arrive at Dover Ferry Port anytime to suit you and we will meet you so you have no need to bring your car. We will transfer you to your cosy hotel in a nearby village that sits on top of the cliffs. Settle in and enjoy England! Option for arrival transfer to visit Creative Folkestone with its many artists, galleries, and quirky shops and the UK’s largest urban outdoor exhibition of contemporary art. Either stay in Folkestone and add an extra night or spend the day and transfer back to Dover ready to start your trip.
2 All day
Dover to Sandwich
When you book with Explore Sandwich, your host will meet you after breakfast with your cycling equipment and run through your tour itinerary. Then you are off - to freewheel down to the characterful old ports of Deal and Sandwich. Cycle adjacent to the shore, take in the castles, and explore the fascinating history of these Cinque port towns. Your overnight stop is an old inn in the heart of beautiful Sandwich. The Bell Hotel – twin room 10 miles (16 km)
3 All day
Sandwich to Canterbury
Pedal through orchards and pretty villages today and you will discover wonderful pubs and Roman antiquities. Your route leads you traffic free into the heart of Canterbury where your hotel awaits you. 17 miles (27 km)
The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge
4 All day
Canterbury to Whitstable
Take a long morning to explore this astounding heritage city with its magnificent cathedral, and many museums. Then pedal along the old Crab and Winkle railway line to Whitstable and savour its famous oysters. There's a bustling harbour here and some cute shops to explore too. If you fancy more pedalling, then head towards Faversham along the coast, turning around at any point that suits you. Enjoy an award winning restaurant stop perhaps for lunch en route and Faversham's historic brewery and barge lined creek. The town also boasts the best medieval street in England. 8 miles (13 km) or up to 24 miles (38 km)
Canterbury Roman Museum
5 All day
Whitstable to Margate
This is idyllic safe cycling along the seashore and the dramatic chalk cliffs. There are sandy beaches, a Roman Fort and a long sea wall for you to ride along. This is one of the best rides you could imagine - riding beside the sea with the cliffs at your elbow and the wind in your face. Think breakwaters, bandstand, Roman towers and tidal swimming pool. It's a gentle jaunt to Margate where The Turner Contemporary crosses your path and welcomes you in for free. 17 miles (27 km)
Turner Contemporary Gallery
6 All day
Margate to Deal
Today is a leisurely ride packed with variety. As you arrive in Broadstairs with its seven lovely bays you discover an unspoilt town with a traditional sweet shop and fisherman's cottages. Cycle along the cliffs and take in Ramsgate with its enticing mix of maritime history and Royal harbour. Then head inland through tiny hamlets and ride the old cycle path taken by the miners on their way to the former coal pits, back to Sandwich for you last overnight stop. 20 miles (19 km)
7 All day
Leave your bikes at the hotel and depart at your leisure. Just a short distance from Dover, Deal has frequent trains to the ferry port or to Canterbury and London.