Route now launched on our doorstep (kind of...)
Anyone done this yet? Seems like it would be a good one for new riders/reluctant GFs?
Nice write-up from pannier.cc here https://www.pannier.cc/journal/kent-downs-coast-loop-bikepacking-the-cantii-way/
Did most of this anti-clockwise over the weekend.
Day 1 - Started in Pluckley and quickly joined route down to Rye, did loop to Winchelsea which was nice, stopped at Charles Palmer vineyard just off route in Winchelsea, good wine and nice views. back to Rye and on to Camber (shite), Lydd and Dungeness... All terribly uninspiring. Took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up with a looong bit of dragging bike across shingle beach in Dungeness then behind nuclear power station, much dystopian vibes. 25-30kt headwind from there past Greatstone (shit seafront road) and stopped at Dymchurch. Bit grim there but good seafood platter and friendly service at City of London pub.
Day 2 - inland for a bit was nice, Royal Military Canal was lovely and on to Hythe, climb up behind Folkestone, but through a golf course (byway), golfists weren't pleased but couldn't say shit. Down to Dover then up again behind Dover castle. On to Deal and Sandwich, nothing remarkable, lot of road and shared paths, some sandy bits by another golf course. Made it to Pegwell Bay and mate had had enough of headwind so we bailed on going whole way round coast to Margate and followed inland Viking Trail to Reculver, some ok lanes, nothin spectacular. Then shared path to Whitstable. Oysters, seafood linguine and stayed in a fisherman's hut, lovely sunset.
Day 3 - Crab and Winkle Way out of Whitstable was nice, some gravel, through Uni of Kent grounds then to Canterbury, went off route from here and picked up bits of North Downs Way to Hollingbourne and then NCN 17 to Rochester. Probably best day of riding this, some rough stuff, fair bit of route on Pilgrims Way, an absolutely gopping bit of cycle route next to A229 near Rochester but was then rewarded with a rolling downhill bit of byway to Rochester, really nice.
It's an alright route, there's better and there's worse, still had a brilliant time.
got a strava link?
They are v brakes not cantiis. You will have to start again.
Lovely photos though.
Thanks. Should have snapped the A229 for balance.
As someone now pretty familiar with this section of Kent I'm going to draw up an alternative route that has better off roads and nicer lanes
yes please. Cycling uk routes are abit shit
This one seems a bit vanilla, but KAW is good fun?
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