Outdoor Pursuits in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay

There are so many activities in the Canterbury district for you to participate in such as adrenaline-pumping watersports on the coast or a round of golf on one of the districts high quality courses. If you would rather be a spectator, Canterbury is home to the Kent Cricket Ground where you can enjoy top notch local and international events.

For a more leisurely treat enjoy a personalized, chauffer driven sightseeing tour. Alternatively take to the water with a boat trip on the River Stour where you can enjoy the hidden areas of this historic city or sail on an historic sailing barge on the coastal waters of Whitstable and Herne Bay.


There are numerous walks around the Canterbury area taking you through beautiful countryside and coastlines and you can also follow part of the route of the Canterbury Pilgrims. There are accessible walks for wheelchairs and pushchairs, long or short, flat or hilly and suitable for all levels of fitness.

Alternatively bring your bike or hire one to explore our beautiful district. The countryside will challenge you with a number of long and demanding hills but very often with a pub along the way where you can stop for a well earnt lunch.

North of the city is the award winning Crab and Winkle Way. This mostly traffic free, seven mile cycling and walking route is based on an old railway line running between Canterbury and Whitstable. It's safe for children and provides a perfect place to picnic along the way in the heart of one of England's oldest forests.

On the eastern side of Herne Bay, you will discover Reculver Towers, the site of a Roman Fort built to guard the Wantsum Channel that once divided Thanet from the rest of Kent. The contrast of the nearby rugged countryside and open seascape makes for a bracing walk or cycle along the sea defence wall that's certain to blow the cobwebs away.

For information on user-generated walking and cycling routes visit Active Canterbury.

For information on Easy Access walks in the district, please visit Explore Kent's website listing 'Walks for All'.

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