Spokes rides and events
Minster to Deal, Sunday 26 September
Meet Minster Station, 10.45
This is a round trip from Minster to Deal to see cycling improvements there. Adrian Oliver, Project Co-ordinator of Cycle Friendly Deal will be our guide. Ride leader, Beatrice Shire 07484 863554.
Cycle Friendly Deal has developed new routes, provided free events and training, installed more cycle parking, created a new Cycling & Walking Map and launched the Deal-e-Bike hire scheme. All this is due to a grant from the Coastal Community Fund and extra support and funding from Deal Town Council. More details, maps (including the new Pier to Pier route between Deal and Ramsgate), and information about cycle shops and local cycling groups on the Cycle Friendly Deal pages on Deal Town Council's website.
Canterbury to Chartham
On Sunday 27 June, Nigel James will lead a short off-road ride from Canterbury West starting at 11am (not 10.30 or the pub won't be open!) to The Artichoke, Chartham along the Great Stour Way. If there are people who wish to go further, he will add a loop after lunch as the others will not get lost on the way back to Canterbury. If you intend to come, please could you let him know so he can forewarn the pub. Nigel James: 01795 475399
This year's Women's Festival of Cycling takes place between 17 July and 1 August. New for this year are virtual events as well as the usual rides and advice. More from the Festival website.
The Pilgrim Hospices' annual cycle charity ride is the Hospices' biggest fundraiser. The date for the ride has been set for Sunday 22 August. There are five routes planned from a beginners' 30 mile ride to a 125 mile route linking the hospices in Canterbury, Ashford and Margate. More from www.pilgrimscyclechallenge.org.
Spokes AGM and monthly rides
We had booked a room and speaker for our AGM in April. However, in view of the current government health advice regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus and public meetings, we have decided to postpone the AGM until further notice.
We expect that most public events will be cancelled for the near future, so we will cancel rides following the advice regarding group activities. Currently, there is nothing to prevent individuals going on rides with others, provided that they keep the recommended distance from other persons.
I will shortly circulate a chairman’s annual statement summarising our activity in the past year. The current committee will continue in a caretaking role in these exceptional circumstances.
Paul Rees, Chair, Spokes
Some of our most recent rides...
Canterbury to Bridge, Folkestone to Botolphs Bridge, Whitstable to Herne Bay, Canterbury to Chartham, A Faversham meander, Exploring the Wantsum, Seabrook to Botolph's Bridge Inn, Canterbury to Fordwich, Teynham to Queenborough, and Teynham to Doddington.
Spokes monthly rides
There is a Spokes ride usually on the last Sunday of every month usually starting 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/.