Catha's Seat picnic, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Saturday 4 May
Meet Toddlers' Cove, 11.45am
Seven miles each way with great picnic and music at Catha’s Seat overlooking Chilham Castle. There'll be walks and rides from surrounding towns and villages, locally sourced picnic, live music and poetry and a chance to hear about the 2018 Catha's Seat Awards winners. More from http://cathas-seat.org/picnic/
Teynham to Queenborough
Sunday 2 June
Spokes Andrew Wyvers will lead a ride from (probably) Teynham to Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey.
Canterbury to Chartham
Thursday 13 June
Meet 11.00am Canterbury West station
A short ride to the Artichoke at Chartham, suitable for novices and those with disabilities. Meet at 11.00 at Canterbury West then 11.15 at Toddlers Cove to join riders on adapted bicycles and trikes. Off-road on cycle track apart from the last 100m to the pub for a drink or lunch. Part of National bike week.
Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge
Sunday 5 May
Start and finish at University of Kent (Canterbury)
Kent’s biggest charity ride is celebrating its 10th anniversary with some 1,200 cyclists of all abilities expected to take part. There are four distances: 45 miles, 75 miles, 100 miles and 125 miles. And for those looking to take their ride up a gear, there’s the return of the notorious Stowting Hill! Route maps, registration and other details from Pilgrims Hospices.
Divas on Wheels
Sunday 11 August
Start and finish at Bridge near Canterbury
Be part of this ladies bike ride and enjoy the picturesque Kent countryside, great fun and a supportive atmosphere. Two routes - 25-mile or 50-mile - from The Independent Pedaler in Bridge near Canterbury. Bike Heroes will lead small groups for cyclists new to cycling and provide roadside repairs to anyone who needs it. You can also visit The Independent Pedaler for a pre-ride safety check. Details and registration from https://www.pilgrimshospices.org/event/divas-on-wheels-2/
Some of our most recent rides...
Spokes monthly rides
There is a Spokes ride on the first Sunday of every month at 10.30.
Our rides are a celebration of slow riding and a leisurely exploration of the beautiful Kent countryside. We ride on cycle paths, quiet roads and country lanes - you will often be surprised how few cars you see. We plan to cater for cyclists of varying experience and ability; we are certainly not all lycra. As we ride at “chatting” speed, it’s an opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
We stop for a relaxed lunch at a cafe or pub and our rides always start and finish at a railway station.
So in short, a Spokes ride is an unashamed escape from day to day living and an opportunity to enjoy Kent and enjoy your bike.
The small print...
Could you lead a Spokes ride?
We're always looking for people to lead our monthly rides. A ride can be any distance to any location and suitable for any type of bike - and cyclist! The only requirements for a ride are it follows a circular route starting from a railway station and there's a lunch stop.
If you're interested, please contact our Rides organiser, Andrew Wyvers, to find out more about what's involved
Catha’s Seat is a remote spot on National Cycle Route 18 and the Stour Valley Walk, with two handcrafted solid oak benches and cycle parking. It is named after Catharine 'Catha' Keegan, a dedicated cycling campaigner who helped plan National Cycle Route 18 from Ashford to Canterbury. Catherine's mission was to create safer cycling routes and encourage their use, so Catha's Seat and the annual picnic provide opportunities for everyone to discover or re-discover this route as well as the joys of cycling and walking in the glorious Kentish countryside.
To find out more about Catha's seat and the annual ride and picnic, please visit http://cathas-seat.org/.