The Oyster Bay Trail
6.7 miles (10.8km). On-road 36% - Off-road 64%. Linear
If you enjoy great sea views, big skies and historic landscapes
then visit the seven mile long Oyster Bay Trail. The route
is mostly flat surfaced paths between Swalecliff and
| Ride Easy (6 mph)
|| Ride Well (7-8 mph)
|| Ride Strong Plus+ (13-15 mph)
|1 hour 10 minutes*
*all times approximations.
Maps & guides:
About the route:
first phase of this new cycle route comprises of around 5 miles of
promenade, new traffic-free cycle paths and lightly trafficked
residential roads. A further 1.5 miles are signed along the traffic
calmed Herne Bay sea front which also benefits from a new 20mph
speed limit along Central Parade.
A wonderful addition to Kent's coastal cycle
network, this newly constructed trail provides a natural extension
to the renowned Viking Coastal Trail and links Reculver Country
Park to Bishopstone, Herne Bay and Swalecliffe.
The Oyster Bay Trail is signed Regional Route
15 and transports visitors from the sea wall at Swalecliffe towards
Hampton. The route then follows the traffic calmed Herne Bay sea
front and rejoins the promenade at the eastern end of Herne Bay. At
Bishopstone it goes around woodland and on towards Reculver Country
Park where visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the sea, a delight
Reculver Country Park is internationally
important for wildlife as a Special Protection Area and Special
Site of Scientific Interest. The eroding cliffs provide an
important habitat for a range of insects and birds. The cliff top
grassland provides a pleasant walk and cycle ride for visitors
between Reculver and Bishopstone. Sand Martins nest in the cliffs
and the grassland on top is a wildflower meadow, home to
butterflies and skylarks. The coast is undefended and the constant
landslips reveal the geology of the area.
The Reculver Towers are a landmark and
Scheduled Ancient Monument that can be seen across the coastline
from Herne Bay to Birchington, and the Kentish Flats offshore Wind
Farm can also be seen from afar. Reculver Visitor Centre is a great
place to stop and rest or to find out more about the area as it has
superb displays about the site and a range of information about the
importance of the site for wildlife, history and geology.
Convenient cycle parking and public toilets are also provided close
For those wishing to cycle further afield, go further east along
the Viking Coastal Trail towards Margate via the slip way and
Weather near start point
This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office
At Reculver Country Park, Herne Bay and Swalecliffe
Visitor Centre, toilets and refreshments at
Reculver Country Park, refreshments also available en route at
Swalecliffe and Herne Bay.
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If you need to report a problem on this route
please call 03000 41 71 71 or use the online
reporting tool. You can then choose to receive regular updates
about the progress of your report.