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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

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  • Matthew Bourne's The Car Man at The Marlowe TheatreTue 2 - Sat 6 Jun 2015Fasten your seat belts for The Car Man. Matthew Bourne’s internationally-acclaimed dance thriller was first seen in 2000, winning the Evening Standard Award for Musical Event Of The Year.
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  • Matthew Bourne's The Car Man at The Marlowe TheatreTue 2 - Sat 6 Jun 2015Fasten your seat belts for The Car Man. Matthew Bourne’s internationally-acclaimed dance thriller was first seen in 2000, winning the Evening Standard Award for Musical Event Of The Year.
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  • Matthew Bourne's The Car Man at The Marlowe TheatreTue 2 - Sat 6 Jun 2015Fasten your seat belts for The Car Man. Matthew Bourne’s internationally-acclaimed dance thriller was first seen in 2000, winning the Evening Standard Award for Musical Event Of The Year.
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  • Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!
    Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.
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  • Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!
    Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.
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  • Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!
    Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.
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  • Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!
    Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.
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  • Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!
    Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.
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  • Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!
    Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.
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  • Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!
    Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.
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  • Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!
    Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.

02 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Matthew Bourne's The Car Man at The Marlowe TheatreTue 2 - Sat 6 Jun 2015Fasten your seat belts for The Car Man. Matthew Bourne’s internationally-acclaimed dance thriller was first seen in 2000, winning the Evening Standard Award for Musical Event Of The Year.

07 June 2015 to 07 June 2015

Illegal Eagles at The Marlowe TheatreSun 7 Jun 2015Now established as the world's official No.1 Eagles tribute, the Illegal Eagles continue to amaze crowds everywhere with their extremely tight harmonies and acute attention to detail.

09 June 2015 to 09 June 2015

Stewart Lee: A Room With A Stew at The Marlowe TheatreTue 9 Jun 2015A brand new live show with fresh material in preparation for Stewart’s next BBC2 series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. "Remains one of the best stand-ups in the country" METRO

10 June 2015 to 10 June 2015

Royal Opera House - La Boheme (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 10 Jun 2015The most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera's best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974 and now being seen for the very last time.

11 June 2015 to 11 June 2015

Milton Jones And The Temple Of Daft at The Marlowe TheatreThu 11 Jun 2015Yes him with the loud shirts and messed up hair from Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and multiple series on Radio 4.

12 June 2015 to 12 June 2015

Philharmonia Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreFri 12 Jun 2015Sibelius once described his music as “pure, cold water”, in contrast to the “manufactured cocktails” that other composers produced.

13 June 2015 to 13 June 2015

Killer Queen at The Marlowe TheatreSat 13 Jun 2015Killer Queen’s expert musicianship, extraordinary energy and accurate portrayal of the world’s greatest live band have rightfully earned them the title of Queen tribute royalty.

13 June 2015 to 13 June 2015

Canterbury postcard & Collectors Fair at Westgate HallSat 13 Jun 2015Dealers selling Postcards, Stamps, Playing Cards, Militaria, Coins, Cigarette Cards, Books, Breweriana, Ephemera, Antiques and Small Collectables etc.

14 June 2015 to 14 June 2015

Whitstable Fun Day at Tankerton SlopesSun 14 Jun 2015Craft, charity and trade stalls. Family entertainment including fairground rides. Good food.

16 June 2015 to 20 June 2015

Oklahoma! at The Marlowe TheatreTue 16 - Sat 20 Jun 2015Music & Lyrics and Royal & Derngate Northampton present Oklahoma! The original feel-good musical.

23 June 2015 to 04 July 2015

Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!

05 June 2015 to 06 September 2015

Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.

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