Crab and Winkle Way
7.5 miles (12km). On-road 49% - Off-road 51%. Linear route.
With seven miles of almost traffic-free cycling, the Crab and
Winkle Way between Canterbury and Whitstable explores a delightful
slice of east Kent, packed with history and nostalgia.
| Ride Easy (6 mph)
|| Ride Well (7-8 mph)
|| Ride Strong Plus+ (13-15 mph)
1 hour 15 minutes*
*all times approximations.
Maps and guides
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Canterbury (CT1 2AH) or at
Whitstable (CT5 1SD) on Google maps
Ordnance Survey Explorer map 150 covers this
route. Available from the Ordnance
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About the route
The path, which caters for riders of all abilities, takes its
name from the pioneering railway line which ran between Canterbury
and Whitstable from the early part of the 19th century. It was one
of the first to be built in Great Britain.
With an area designated as a World Heritage Site, there is
a lot to see and do in Canterbury. From visiting the cathedral, St
Augustine's Abbey and Canterbury museum, to exploring the city's
lanes and countless historic buildings.
On the way to Whitstable, the path passes through the Blean,
with its 13th century Church of St Cosmus and St Damian, and
Woods, a delightful RSPB nature reserve covering more than 11
The journey also takes you through the conifer-dominated
woodland of Clowes Wood, one of the best places in the country to
hear the remarkable song of the nightjar.
Once in Whitstable, seafood is high on the agenda and places to
consider include the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company, East Quay
Shellfish Bar, Wheelers' Oyster Bar, Birdies Eating House and the
Crab and Winkle restaurant.
Whitstable's vibrant contemporary arts scene has led to the
growth of colourful craft shops in the town. The Whitstable
Museum and Gallery has permanent and touring exhibitions, many
reflecting the town's seafaring traditions.
A stroll along the Saxon Shore Way and the cliff-top lawns of
Tankerton Slopes, with their colourful wooden beach huts, offers
perfect views of `The Street' - a narrow shingle ridge stretching
half-a-mile out to sea at low tide.
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