Spokes rides and events
Canterbury circular ride
Sunday 26 November
Meet Canterbury East Station, 10.30
The next Spokes ride will take place on Sunday 22 October. The leader is Paul Rees. He says, 'I propose the route below. Starting At Canterbury East station the ride is about 13 miles pausing at the Artichoke. Alternatively it could be extended to Chilham, both returning along the Great Stour Way if it is not flooded. To avoid me having a wasted journey if no one turns up, I will be asking riders to confirm, by the preceding evening, that they are coming. Also, it may be cancelled if the weather is as bad as at times recently, in which case I will post this on Facebook the preceding day. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org/07858 517080.'
Faversham - Elmley Nature Reserve
Sunday 22 October
Meet Faversham Station, 10.30
The next Spokes ride will take place on Sunday 22 October. The ride will start at Faversham station at 10.30am and will go to Elmley Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey, a round trip of about 55km (34m) all mainly easy flat riding. Please bring something to eat and drink. Suitable for electric bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids and winter road bikes. Not recommended for good road bikes as there may be some off road riding.
Contact is Andrew Wyver, email@example.com/01795 351389.
Canterbury - Canterbury
Sunday 24 September
Meet at 10.30 at Canterbury West station
This roughly 20 mile ride will follow cycle routes 1 and 16 to Patrixbourne then, weather permitting, through the fords to Bekesbourne and up Chalkpit Hill to Aerodrome Road and a bridleway across the fields to Littlebourne (avoiding the main road!). From Littlebourne along by the river to Wickhambreux, left past the church, then right to join NCR1 to Stodmarsh and back through Fordwich. For more details, please contact Beatrice Shire (07484 863554) or Oliver Waldron (07932 844438).
Faversham - Reculver
Sunday 16 July
Meet at 10.30 at Faversham station
The ride will start at Faversham station and will go to Reculver via the Crab and Winkle and the Radfall. Suitable for electric bikes and mountain bikes but not for good road bikes as a lot of off road riding. Rest stop at Reculver and back via Hearne Bay. About 65km/40miles with some climbing. Contact Andrew Wyver (firstname.lastname@example.org/07813 472771) if you plan to come and for more details.
Canterbury to Chilham
Sunday 4 June
Meet at 10.30 at Canterbury West station
The ride will be to Chilham via the Great Stour Way, with either a direct return or if the riders wish, a longer return via Boughton. Lunch will be at Chilham. Beatrice Shire is the leader (email@example.com).
Hythe to Aldergate Bridge
Sunday 2 April
Meet at 10.30 outside the RHDR light railway station in Hythe, CT21 6LD, for a ride along the traffic free section of NCR2 to Aldergate bridge then by quiet marsh lanes in a circle, with a possible lunch stop at the Botolph’s Bridge Inn. Flat, maximum distance about 18 miles, but can be longer or shorter depending on what the riders want. Contact is Paul Rees, 07858 517080 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The route was reviewed recently and a section of the traffic free route below Port Lympne has been damaged by contractors heavy plant - it is very muddy but passable by a mountain bike. If still muddy on 2 April, his section will be bypassed from West Hythe using the old NCR2 route along marsh lanes.
Minster to Sandwich
Sunday 5 March
Meet Minster station for 10.30am start
Starting from Minster station at 10.30 we will cycle to Sandwich and probably on to Deal. Returning to Minster after lunch. Please check the Facebook site for any updates. Contact is Paul Rees (email@example.com / 07858 517080).
Some of our most recent rides...
Minster to Deal, Canterbury to Chartham, 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 first Sunday of every month generally starting at 10.30.
Our rides are a celebration of slow riding and a leisurely exploration of the beautiful Kent countryside and towns. 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 most rides 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/.