Coast to Cathedral
50 miles (80km). On-road 100% - Off-road 0%. Circular
Undertake your own Pilgrim's Progress on this marvellous 50 mile
(80km) circular ride using Regional Routes 16 and 17 linking Dover,
Canterbury and Folkestone.
| Ride Easy (6 mph)
|| Ride Well (7-8 mph)
|| Ride Strong Plus+ (13-15 mph)
|8 hours 20 minutes*
||6 hours 15 minutes*
||3 hours 20 minutes*
*all times approximations.
Maps and guides
Download our guide for this route (PDF,
View this route on the Explore Kent interactive
View start point at
Canterbury (CT11 8LN) or at
Dover (CT16 1QR) on Google maps
Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 138, 150 cover
this route. Available from the Ordnance
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About the route:
passes along leafy lanes and bridleways amid rolling hills, wide
skies, woodland, country villages and hamlets; the perfect recipe
for a cycle holiday or a mixture of great day rides.
It is advisable to start the journey anti-clockwise via Route
16, as the climb out of Dover is short and steep compared to the
longer, harder climb out of Folkestone.
Leaving stunning views of Dover
Castle behind, the route joins quiet country lanes. It meanders
through fine east Kent countryside and old villages to
Patrixbourne, where the North Downs Way leads to Canterbury.
The return leg from Canterbury branches off route 16. Pick up
scenic Route 17 through the village of Bridge, to follow quiet
valley lanes past Lynsore Bottom to Elham.
Elham, you can visit Park Gate Down Nature Reserve, a popular
grassland site that has two orchid reserves - entrance is free and
it is open all year round.
Good en-route signage enables the cyclist to join the journey at
any point. One-way day riders can let the train take the strain on
the return leg thanks to convenient stations at Folkestone, Dover
The route is 21 miles from Dover to Canterbury, 17 miles from
Canterbury to Folkestone and 12 miles from Folkestone to Dover.
Weather near start point
This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office
breaks in Kent - Canterbury (PDF, 2MB)
Cycle breaks in Kent
- Thanet (PDF, 1.35MB)
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reporting tool. You can then choose to receive regular updates
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