Saturday 11th June 2011

Folkestone to Canterbury

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 ride

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.

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.

Map and route guide


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