Folkestone to Canterbury
- Start point: Pent Valley Leisure Centre, Tile Kiln Lane, Folkestone, CT19 4ED
- Start time: 10:30, Saturday 11th June 2011
- Distance: 20 miles
- Ride leader: Penny Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Getting to the start point
Pent Valley Leisure Centre is accessed via Tile Kiln Lane, Folkestone. This can be reached from Cheriton via Ashley Avenue, and from M20 J13 via Cherry Garden Lane.
The route follows the Sustrans Regional Cycle Route (RCR) 17 to Canterbury and is suitable for all types of bike. The major hills are the climb out of Folkestone and the climb out of Elham at the half-way point.
This is a North Downs ride through chalk hills, farmland and woodland. Good pubs in Elham, Pett Bottom and Bridge. Apart from the hills the countryside on top of the Downs is quite flat, and the last 8 miles to Canterbury is mainly a gentle downhill.
From Folkestone Harbour the route climbs about 150 feet to the town centre and through the unavoidable one-way system. After crossing the M20 at Cheriton the route works its way round the west of the Channel Tunnel Terminal through the village of Newington. This is followed by a 400 ft climb to the top of the Downs. It is then an easy run into Densole.
The Densole to Canterbury ride follows minor country lanes to a long descent into the beautiful village of Elham. The climb back up onto the Downs from Elham is steep but the good news is that this is the last significant climb. Through Park Gate and Elhampark Wood and then down into a long valley and gentle decent through Lynsore Bottom and Pett Bottom to Bridge. For the last four miles RCR17 joins RCR16 from Dover, up a gentle climb out of Patrixbourne, through the “orchards” which are mainly not orchards any more, and into Canterbury.
Getting back to the start point
For the return journey you can either travel from Canterbury West Station to Folkestone via Ashford, or from Canterbury East Station via Dover.