Coastal Walking and Cycling in Herne Bay and Whitstable

There is no better way to explore the delights of the coast than by bicyle or on foot. The charming and varied coastline offers some of the most scenic coastal cycle routes around. There is something for everyone, whether it's a refreshing short break, a fun family day out or simply a challenge, cyclists and walkers can enjoy a refreshing and enriching experience.

Coastal Walking

The Saxon Shore Way is a 163 mile walk from Gravesend along the north Kent coast and on to Hastings in East Sussex.

The Minnis Bay to Reculver Park - this is a lovely sea walk and cycle route that follows the Viking Coastal Trail and mainly uses the northern seawall. There is plenty to see including a salt-water lagoon and a working shellfish nursery. It is 3.7 miles (6km) one-way or 7.4 miles (12km) returning to the start.

Herne Bay and Whitstable Maritime Heritage Trail - this trail encompasses 3 colour coded trails - red, blue and yellow.

Reculver Walk - enjoy the sights and sounds to be experienced along one of the most rapidly changing stretches of the Kent coastline.

Coastal Cycling

Crab & Winkle Way - Originally a six-mile railway line running between Canterbury and Whitstable between 1830 and 1952, some of it was reopened as a cycle and walking route. It passes through beautiful countryside and woodlands including Blean Woods, one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in England, and is home to a wide range of flowers, butterflies and birds.

The Viking Coastal Trail - from Pegwell Bay to Reculver - this route can be broken into shorter coastal and inland sections.

Oyster Bay Trail - Travelling east from Whitstable, the Oyster Bay Trail is signed Regional Route 15 and provides a route from the Railway Station through Whitstable Harbour along the promenade at Tankerton to Swalecliffe and then Hampton. The route then follows the traffic calmed Herne Bay sea front and rejoins the promenade at the eastern end of Herne Bay. At Bishopstone it goes around woodland and on towards Reculver Country Park where visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the sea from the Portrait Bench, a delight at sunset.

The Explore Kent Oyster Bay Trail Map shows the route and it is well signposted along the way. For those wishing to venture out of the district and cycle further afield, the Oyster Bay Trail links with the Viking Coastal Trail which continues east towards Margate. At its western extent in Whitstable the trail also links with the Crab and Winkle Way which is part of National Cycle Network Route 1 providing a mostly traffic-free route south into Canterbury.

Active Mile Markers

Active Mile Markers are located across the Canterbury district. They measure a distance of up to three miles in some locations where you can either walk, run or cycle. At the coast, the Active Mile Markers can be found at:

Herne Bay Promenade

Tankerton Seafront

Easy Access

For information on Easy Access walks and cycling in the Canterbury district, please visit the Explore Kent website - Easy Access

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What's on

 October 2014>

02 October 2014 to 02 October 2014

Protecting Your Financial Assets at The Marlowe TheatreThu 2 Oct 2014A seminar presented by Furley Page.

02 October 2014 to 02 October 2014

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year at St Gregory's Centre for MusicThu 2 Oct 2014The Festival Poet of the Year competition is now in its eighth year and launches annually in March. It regularly attracts around 150 entries and the standard is consistently high.

02 October 2014 to 02 October 2014

03 October 2014 to 03 October 2014

Richard Navarro at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 3 Oct 2014Richard Navarro is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Canterbury now making waves on the UK music scene with his captivating live show.

03 October 2014 to 03 October 2014

U'Zambezi Arts: South African Song & Dance at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 3 Oct 2014U'Zambezi Arts specialises in songs, drum rhythms, dances and instrumental music styles from the Southern African region.

03 October 2014 to 03 October 2014

Derek Acorah Enlightenment Tour at The Kings HallFri 3 Oct 2014The pioneer for spiritualism and mediumship comes to Herne Bay! Voted Britain’s Favourite Male Medium by the prestigious Soul & Spirit Magazine.

03 October 2014 to 03 October 2014

The Golden Age of Variety at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableFri 3 Oct 2014The Whitstable & Herne Bay Lions Club return to the Playhouse with a new show in aid of the Air Ambulance Night Flying Appeal and local charities including the RNLI and the Umbrella Centre.

04 October 2014 to 04 October 2014

Aakash Odedra Company - Murmur/Inked at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 4 Oct 2014A new double bill from Aakash Odedra Company. Artistic Director Odedra is one of the most sought after British choreographer/dancers today.

29 September 2014 to 04 October 2014

One Man, Two Guvnors at The Marlowe TheatreMon 29 Sep - Sat 4 Oct 2014The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy.

04 October 2014 to 04 October 2014

Small Plans at The Marlowe TheatreSat 4 Oct 2014Silent Uproar's latest production is an engaging piece aimed at immersing the audience in Katy's story about love, sex and relationships.

04 October 2014 to 04 October 2014

Harvest Mouse Ecology & Surveying at WildwoodSat 4 Oct 2014In partnership with The Mammal Society. This course will inform you about the key factors affecting the status and distribution of harvest mice in this country

04 October 2014 to 04 October 2014

The Legends & Laughter Show at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 4 Oct 2014The Whitstable Playhouse is pleased to welcome this brand new show to it’s theatre.

04 October 2014 to 04 October 2014

Big Draw 2014 at Sidney Cooper GallerySat 4 Oct 2014Explore drawing and making through colour in our BIG DRAW workshop inspired by the amazing works of abstract painter John Copnall. It’s hands-on and brimming with technicolour materials.

04 October 2014 to 04 October 2014

Kieran Goss at The Kingston BarnSat 4 Oct 2014We are thrilled to invite Kieran Goss back to Folk in the Barn. Kieran and his wife Annie who sometimes sings with him, are two of the loveliest people we have ever met, and fantastic performers, musicians and entertainers too.

05 October 2014 to 05 October 2014

Macrobert - Titus at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 5 Oct 2014Do you want to know why I'm called Titus? It's a funny story.

04 October 2014 to 05 October 2014

Celebrating Pilgrimage to Canterbury at Canterbury CathedralSat 4 - Sun 5 Oct 2014The ancient tradition of Pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral will be celebrated with a weekend of events and special services in the historic city on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October 2014.

05 October 2014 to 05 October 2014

You And Me: With Julie Paton and Ian Adams at The Marlowe TheatreSun 5 Oct 2014Last seen at our theatre in Let’s Face The Music, these two popular performers return with a programme of song and dance which will showcase their versatility and superb talent. An absolute must for all lovers of musical theatre.

05 October 2014 to 05 October 2014

Wildlife Animal Drawing Skills #1 at WildwoodSun 5 Oct 2014An introductory session which focuses on understanding animal anatomy and the pros and cons of working from animate subjects. We will use pencil and sketchbooks, and practice a range of strategies to develop good drawing and seeing skills.

01 October 2014 to 05 October 2014

Wild Dog Weekend at Howletts Wild Animal ParkWed 1 - Sun 5 Oct 2014Discover the majestic wolves, stunning painted dogs and sleek dhole as Howletts dedicates the weekend to the park's wild dogs. Embark on a fun trail, enjoy dedicated talks and take part in special challenges.

04 October 2014 to 05 October 2014

Craft and Gift Fair at The Kings HallSat 4 - Sun 5 Oct 2014A selection of the finest crafts and gifts Kent has to offer, with unique items to buy plus everything you need to start making crafts yourself.

05 October 2014 to 05 October 2014

'Harvest & Creation' at St Peter's Methodist ChurchSun 5 Oct 2014City of Canterbury Chamber Choir - Harvest and Creation. Edward Kemp-Luck: organ George Vass: conductor

06 October 2014 to 06 October 2014

Tom Wrigglesworth at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 6 Oct 2014Sony Award Winner, Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Chortle & Time Out Award winner and Star of Radio 4 and BBC 2, Tom Wrigglesworth returns with an exquisite new show.

01 October 2014 to 06 October 2014

In2Textiles '4 into 1' at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 1 - Mon 6 Oct 2014Four Kent based artists return to the Horsebridge with a unique and diverse range of pieces, each in their own personal style and choice of media, including print, felt, fabric, paper and stitch.

07 October 2014 to 07 October 2014

Cafe Live - The Fez Comedy Club at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 7 Oct 2014The Fez Comedy Club proudly presents a stellar night of star spangled comedy.

07 October 2014 to 07 October 2014

Cathedral Open Evening 2014 at Canterbury CathedralTue 7 Oct 2014The popular annual event is an opportunity for visitors from the local community and beyond, to sample life behind the scenes at the Cathedral.

01 October 2014 to 07 October 2014

Painter, Potter, Printmaker at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 1 - Tue 7 Oct 2014Jon Bird, Jane Follett, Steve Asquith Colour, form and line - An intriguing exhibition of three contrasting mediums, by the artist Jon Bird, the potter Jane Follett and the printmaker Steve Asquith.

07 October 2014 to 07 October 2014

Scribble, Sketch learn to Draw - Introduction at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeTue 7 Oct 2014Learn to draw more accurately from observation, explore different methods and media and extend your drawing skills with artist Judith Anketell.

08 October 2014 to 08 October 2014

Cafe Live - Digibury at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 8 Oct 2014Digibury is Kent's monthly meet-up event for digital and creative types.

08 October 2014 to 08 October 2014

Hunter's Moon Night Tour at WildwoodWed 8 Oct 2014See our animals under the moonlight on a guided tour of the park to coincide with the full moon.

08 October 2014 to 08 October 2014

Performance showcase: Voices, Stings and more at St Gregory's Centre for MusicWed 8 Oct 2014Our talented student musicians take the stage, as we proudly present some of our best singers and string players.

08 October 2014 to 08 October 2014

Famous Paintings at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeWed 8 Oct 2014Ned West-Sherring brings pictures alive with this engaging series of lectures, looking at a variety of different artworks from galleries around the world and in the Beaney collection.

10 October 2014 to 10 October 2014

Midday Recital at Canterbury CathedralFri 10 Oct 2014Performed by Oefening and Uitspanning.

10 October 2014 to 10 October 2014

Recital for Flute and Piano at Canterbury CathedralFri 10 Oct 2014Performed by Patrick Williams and Sephen Barlow, featuring music by Scarlatti, Bach, Fauré, Poulenc and Frank.

08 October 2014 to 10 October 2014

Rambert: Rooster at The Marlowe TheatreWed 8 - Fri 10 Oct 2014The iconic dance to music by the Rolling Stones.

10 October 2014 to 10 October 2014

Chantel McGregor at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 10 Oct 2014Imagine the tone of Robin Trower, the inspiration of Hendrix, the influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the energy of Bonamassa, the intensity of Walter Trout and the haunting vocal of Stevie Nicks all rolled into one.

10 October 2014 to 10 October 2014

Canterbury Live Presents... at Canterbury Christ Church UniversityFri 10 Oct 2014Blue Rose Code & Danny Thompson, with support by Raphael Mead. Material from both Blue Rose Code albums and one or two surpirses from Danny's peerless back catalogue.

08 October 2014 to 11 October 2014

Guestlist - A Murder is Announced at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 8 - Sat 11 Oct 2014An unusual announcement in the newspaper leads the curious villagers to Miss Blacklock's home, where they become withnesses to a murder.

11 October 2014 to 11 October 2014

Philharmonia Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreSat 11 Oct 2014First World War Commemoration Concert.

11 October 2014 to 11 October 2014

Pottery Group: Unfinished Business II at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 11 Oct 2014Andrea Bennett has been writing for 5 years, with finished works including a number of short stories and short plays.

06 October 2014 to 11 October 2014

The Diary of Anne Frank at Herne Bay Little TheatreMon 6 - Sat 11 Oct 2014By Frances Goodrich/Albert Hackett Adapted by Wendy Kesselman Directed by Michelle Collin This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

11 October 2014 to 11 October 2014

Dance For Peace 2014 at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 11 Oct 2014A dance spectacular in aid of Trust Sulha - Peace Through Education.

11 October 2014 to 11 October 2014

Bach & Handel at St Peter's Methodist ChurchSat 11 Oct 2014Bach & Handel, with a Twist with David Rees Williams. The improvisatory skills of David Rees Williams provides a new dimension to the Baroque repertoire performed this evening.

11 October 2014 to 12 October 2014

Art in BridgeSat 11 - Sun 12 Oct 2014Anyone living, working or studying in Bridge or a rural Parish within 5 miles is invited to submit up to three exhibits - including sculptures and craft work. All abilities are welcomed.

24 September 2014 to 19 October 2014

Kent Eye at University of Kent Wed 24 Sep - Sun 19 Oct 2014It is an exciting opportunity to see the University and the city of Canterbury offering you a panoramic view of the surrounding areas. We will welcome everyone from Kent's community to enjoy this unique attraction.

27 September 2014 to 01 November 2014

John Copnall Paintings at Sidney Cooper GallerySat 27 Sep - Sat 1 Nov 2014The Sidney Cooper Gallery is proud to present a selection of works by acclaimed painter John Copnall (1928-2007).

08 August 2014 to 02 November 2014

Taylor Wessing Photographic Protrait Prize 2013 at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 8 Aug - Sun 2 Nov 2014A unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

04 October 2014 to 09 November 2014

Canterbury at War at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 4 Oct - Sun 9 Nov 2014Students have studied archives and records to research for themselves what life was like for Canterbury residents during the First World War.

12 September 2014 to 19 December 2014

KCA Health Walks at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 12 Sep - Fri 19 Dec 2014Move to improve health walk caters for various levels of fitness and both experienced and new walkers are very welcome.

01 May 2014 to 31 December 2014

Armchair Artist Residency at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 1 May - Wed 31 Dec 2014Holder and Lamoon, practicing artists, will be working together to make new works in response to the eclectic objects to be found in the galleries.

06 September 2014 to 04 January 2015

Alternative Stories at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 6 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015A display of altered books crafted in response to an open call for artists to create works of art by modifying a book.

06 September 2014 to 04 January 2015

In Remembrance at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 6 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015Images, objects and words from the First World War to commemorate the centenary of its outbreak, and the role played by local people, in particular Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses and The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

20 September 2014 to 31 March 2015

Kent Freemasonry and the First World War at Kent Museum of FreemasonrySat 20 Sep 2014 - Tue 31 Mar 2015A new temporary exhibition at Canterbury's Kent Museum of Freemasonry displays many items relating to The Great War and freemasonry that will be of interest to historians, anthropologists, genealogists and masons alike.

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