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Cycling
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Cycling

Information on cycling in the Kent Downs can be found here. You can source and download an extensive selection of maps, find details of bike hire outlets, cycling holidays and events, and recommendations on the best guide books for the area.

The Kentish Stour Countryside Project has produced two series of cycling booklets – Meanders along the River Stour, and Bike Trails by Rail in the Stour Valley – featuring maps and detailed information on each route. You can purchase these booklets through Explore Kent.

The Chalk & Channel Way is a walking and cycling trail between Dover and Folkestone, along National Cycle Route 2, that is managed by the WWCP. As well as being a wonderful way to start your journey from Dover on a traffic free route to Folkestone and beyond, it is also home to an Art Trail and unique ‘remote poetry’ experience.

The UK's leading sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, co-ordinates the National Cycle Route network and has developed a number of cycling routes in Kent that take in parts of the Kent Downs:

National Route 1 - Dover to Greenwich

National Route 2 - Dover heading west along the south coast

National Route 17 - Rochester to Maidstone

National Route 18 - Canterbury to Tunbridge Wells

A number of accommodation providers, such as the Palace Farm Hostel in Doddington and the Black Horse Inn Thurnham, have their own bikes for hire. Be sure to ask when you make your booking.