Our Kent cycling holidays
The delightful thing about a cycling holiday in Kent is that you can enjoy coastal views, seaside towns, beautiful rural landscapes and a fantastic amount of history all in one holiday. Here at The Carter Company we think Kent is a bit of an underrated gem - it's just as attractive as Devon and yet doesn't seem to pull in the crowds in quite the same way.
Kent is known as the Garden of England, and for good reason! There are ancient orchards, market gardens and grazing livestock. The food scene is pretty hot around here, there's some great food, a fair few local farm shops dotted around and a vineyard (yes, this is England!) to visit.
The cycling along the coast is pretty incredible and affords some amazing views. In fact, you can virtually cycle for an entire day along the sea wall, with the cliffs on your left and the sea on your right. The path runs all the way from artist's favourite Whitstable, full of unusual boutiques and famous for fresh oysters on the beach here, to Ramsgate, taking in lovely Margate (visit the Turner Contemporary here) and Broadstairs along the way. The maritime history of the coast offers much to see and explore, including a series of old cinque ports which were built hundreds of years ago for defence and trade purposes and some spectacular castles in Dover and Deal. The town of Sandwich is also worth poking around; it was recently declared 'the most complete medieval town in England' with more listed buildings per head than in any other town.
And inland, Canterbury offers a different type of history, with all its associations of pilgrims and Chaucer. This is a fun city to explore, not only by bike and on foot, but also by boat. We recommend a trip down the Stour river as a starting point!
Our cycling routes stick to parts of Kent covered which are fairly flat, and the good news is that there are more specialist traffic-free bike paths here than anywhere else in England - including one on a disused railway line which runs from Canterbury to the coast named 'The Crab and Winkle Way'(!), originally built to transport fish directly to the city markets.
We offer a range of gentle and not-so-gentle bike holidays in Kent, from short breaks to longer trips of 8 nights or more. Most are self-guided but you can request a guide if you prefer. We carefully select only the best accommodation on the basis of quality, service and location; choose between classic quality and luxury options.
Our itineraries are carefully designed by locals who know the area inside out, so you can expect to encounter not just the headline attractions mentioned above but also the hidden gems that most tourists never get to see! Your Carter Company Adventure Handbook which you receive along with your route directions upon booking is bursting with our local knowledge and our top tips for things to see and do, giving you the chance to really get under the skin of Kent.
Here's a sneak peak of our top tips to whet your appetite:
-Faversham town, built on an attractive creek with old barges on it and home to the Shepherd Neame brewery which you can take a tour around and sample the local brews
-Mount Ephraim Gardens
-The Goods Shed in Canterbury, a farmers' market with stalls selling delicious local produce
-'Sweet Yesterdays' shop in Broadstairs
-The Sportsman, a Michelin-starred restaurant near Whitstable
We also offer bespoke cycling trips in the area, tailored to suit your own interests and requirements. Please contact us and we'd be more than happy to assist.