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A cyclist's haven in Herne Bay

Herne Bay offers an impressive coastal route for cyclists who are looking for scenery, fresh air, countryside and easy access, by train or car.

There are several routes to choose from which can be combined with visiting the town and other nearby resorts along Kent's coast.

For those looking for a scenic, leisurely route the famous Oyster Bay Trail is ideal as it takes just over an hour. It is easily signposted and follows the sea wall at Swalecliffe along the seafront and promenade, then towards Hampton - with the iconic Herne Bay beach huts. The route then travels towards Reculver's Green Flag Country Park, with expansive views across the sea and opportunities for wildlife watching. This is a great place to stop and find out more about the country park at its visitor centre. There are also public toilets available here. Cyclists can either start at Swalecliffe or Reculver Country Park for this route.

For more of a challenge, there is a circular route which combines the Oyster Bay Trail, The Crab and Winkle Way and the Blean Wood art trail which is a lovely combination of coast and countryside. There is a wildart trail that's worth a break at Blean Woods. The 26-30 mile route offers avid cyclists a varied route and takes between 2.5 - 3 hours. To cut down the route from 30 miles to 26, use the Herne Bay link route to shave off nearly 5 miles and 30 minutes off your time!

For those really wishing to clock up the miles, continue further east, along the Viking Coastal Trail towards Margate and travel the iconic corner of Kent's coastline for this 32 mile route from Herne Bay and ending at Cliffsend, Ramsgate.

All routes are suitable for mountain and hybrid bikes.

Bike Hire

If your cycling is more spontaneous, or you don't have a bike rack - don't let that put you off, Herne Bay is well-equipped for bike hire.

Bike Hire is available from Kent Cycle Hire at Le Petit Poisson just in front of the Pier. You can also pre-book your bike hire for all the family at kentcyclehire.com

Useful Links

Viking Coastal Trail

Oyster Bay Trail

Crab and Winkle Way

Blean Trail

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