Spokes rides and events
Sunday 6 September, Canterbury - Bridge
Meet 10.30 at Canterbury East station
The ride will depend on the weather but we will not go directly to Bridge via Patrixbourne as lunch at a local pub is at 12 noon. Proposed route is via New house Lane and Lower Hardres, Pett Bottom, Lynsore Bottom and Bishopspourne, so that we don't arrive too early. If the weather is beautiful we can return via Bekesbourne then bridleway to Littlebourne avoiding the Howletts road, then Wickhambreaux and join route 1 between Stodmarsh and Fordwich.If the weather is not good or people don't want a longer ride we will come back via route 16 through Patrixbourne. The ride will be reasonably socially distanced and as much as possible away from busy roads. It would really help to the tour leader if she knows who is coming as pubs like to know numbers these days. Please email her on email@example.com or text on 07484 863554.
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
Folkestone to Botolphs Bridge
Sunday 1 March
This ride has been cancelled due to the current weather conditions and the effect of recent storms and high winds on sections of the route.
We hope to do this ride later in the year.
Please check Spokes Facebook site for a fuller update, or contact Paul Rees, ride leader on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07858 517080.
Some of our most recent rides...
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.
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/.
Spokes monthly rides
There is a Spokes ride on the first 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