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Activities in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay

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The Blean Woods

New Road, Rough Common, Canterbury, CT2 9DB, www.theblean.co.uk/

Blean Woods are the largest in Kent and, in addition to their intrinsic interest as ancient woodlands they surround a number of attractive villages with pubs, where you can eat and drink, places to visit.

 
 
Canterbury Punting Co, visitors on a trip

Water Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2NQ, Tel: 07786332666, Email, www.canterburypunting.co.uk

Escape the busy pavements and lay back into the cushions, meander down the river and see the City as you never could on foot. Listen to historic Canterbury's rich and fascinating story as you sip champagne and view medieval buildings.

 
 
Brompton Bike Hire, Canterbury

Station Road West, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8AN, Tel: 020 8232 3931, Email, www.bromptonbikehire.com/

Brompton Bike Hire is a unique cycle hire scheme that offers its members 24/7 access to Brompton folding bicycles.

 
 
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Canterbury, CT3 4BP, Tel: 03000 41 71 71, Email, www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/find-a-walk/walks-for-all-stodmarsh-national-nature-reserve-grove-ferry

A short walk of 1.25 miles. The hard surfaces are well compacted but with occasional stones upt to 30mm.

 
 
Oyster Bay Trail

Reculver to Swalecliffe, CT6 6ST, Tel: 03000 41 71 71, Email, www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/cycling/find-a-cycle-route-or-centre/cycle-rides-oyster-bay-trail

Cycle Route: Reculver to Swalecliffe

If you enjoy great sea views, big skies and historic landscapes then visit the seven mile long Oyster Bay Trail. The route is mostly flat surfaced paths between Swalecliff and Reculver.

 
 
Canoe Wild, Canterbury

Grove Ferry, Upstreet, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 4BP, Tel: 01227 469219, Email, www.canoewild.co.uk

Explore Kent’s amazing and tranquil rivers with Canoe Wild. Hire a Canadian style open canoe and experience stunning scenery, get close to wildlife and feel the benefits of canoeing as a gentle outdoor activity.

 
 
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Chestfield, Whitstable, CT5 3LS, Tel: 03000 41 71 71, Email, www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/find-a-walk/chestfield-walk

Walk Route: Chestfield

A 3.8 mile circular walk round the edge of Chestfield village and through the village's conservation area. (Information courtesy of the Explore Kent website).

 
 
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Herne Bay, CT6 6SU, Tel: 03000 41 71 71, Email, www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/find-a-walk/walks-in-east-kent-reculver

Walk Route: Reculver

Enjoy the sights and sounds to be experienced along one of the most rapidly changing stretches of the Kent coastline. Head through Reculver Country Park along the famous Saxon Shore Way and back alongside the strand.

 
 
Downland Cycles Ltd

2 Stone Cottages, Lynsore Bottom, Upper Hardres, Canterbury, CT4 6EG, Tel: 01227 709706, Email, www.downlandcycles.co.uk

Cycle maintenance and mechanic courses for beginners, enthusiasts and professionals.

 
 
Herne Bay Cycle Hire
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Pier Approach, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JN, Tel: 01227 388058, Email, www.kentcyclehire.com

Daily or weekly hire of bicycles, tandems, tag-alongs and child-trailers - for recreational cyclists, families, tourists and student groups, exploring the coastline between Whitstable and Reculver or inland towards Canterbury.

 
 
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Birchington, CT7 9QP, Tel: 03000 41 71 71, Email, www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/find-a-walk/walks-for-all-minnis-bay-to-reculver-country-park

Walk Route: Minnis Bay to Reculver

This is a lovely sea walk that is particularly refreshing during the summer months. There is plenty to see as you pass a salt-water lagoon, a working oyster farm and the Reculver Towers and fort.

 
 
Christopher Marlowe and Canterbury Walk

Canterbury, CT1 2JT, Tel: 03000 41 71 71, Email, www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/find-a-walk/literary-walks-christopher-marlowe-and-canterbury

Walk Route: Canterbury

Join Kent Libraries and Archives and Explore Kent on this exciting circular walk around Canterbury, celebrating Marlowe. (Information courtesy of the Explore Kent website).

 
 
Canterbury Tourist Guides

Christ Church Gate, The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EE, Tel: 01227 459779, Email, www.canterburyguidedtours.com

Enjoy a fascinating 90 minute tour of historic streets AND Cathedral Precincts with knowledgeable, entertaining guides to address your questions and special interests. All for £7.50 or less! Tours daily from the Buttermarket.

 
 
Canterbury Cathedral

The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH, Tel: 01227 862162, Email, www.canterbury-cathedral.org

Walk Route: Canterbury to Rome

Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.

 
 
Tankerton Slopes

Marine Parade, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 2BE

The cliff-top lawns of Tankerton Slopes roll gently towards the sea and provide an excellent view of 'The Street' and a vantage point to watch the nautical world go by. Tankerton is east of Whitstable town centre.

 
 
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Fordwich, Canterbury, CT2 0BX, Tel: 03000 41 71 71, Email, www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/find-a-walk/walks-for-all-fordwich-to-reed-pond

Walk Route: Fordwich Village to Reed Pond

This popular walk is one of Explore Kent's Walks For All series passing through pleasant countryside and woodland from the village of Fordwich. (Information courtesy of the Explore Kent website).

 
 
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Canterbury to Dover/Folkestone, CT1 2LG, Tel: 03000 41 71 71, Email, www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/cycling/find-a-cycle-route-or-centre/cycle-rides-coast-to-cathedral

Cycle Route: Canterbury, Folkestone and Dover

This is a challenging 50 mile (80km) circular ride on Regional Cycle Routes 16 and 17 linking Canterbury to Folkestone and Dover. (Information courtesy of the Explore Kent website).

 
 
Explore Kent

Mid-point Canterbury, CT1 2DA, Tel: 03000 41 71 71, Email, www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/cycling/find-a-cycle-route-or-centre/cycle-rides-pilgrims-cycle-trail

Cycle Route: Rochester, Detling, Ashford, Canterbury

This wonderful new cycle route follows much of the historic Pilgrims Way. It has been created to provide fantastic cycling for anyone wishing to enjoy a sunny day cycling leisurely through the heart of Kent.

 
 
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