Accommodation: A small hotel in the heart of Canterbury and an old inn in Faversham
Cycling mileage: 2 days of cycling. 14 -17 miles ( 22-27 km) per day
Grade out of 5 based on distance and elevation: 2
Terrain: Flat with an occasional slope on Day 3
Traffic free: Very largely
Set in the garden of England where farm shops and orchards appear around many corners, the tour takes you to the coast with its famous Whitstable oysters and to the hop country at Faversham where you will find England's oldest brewery. Enjoy a Michelin starred inn, several iconic tea rooms, a farmers market, a local cheesemaker and fill your panniers with Mount Ephraim cherries, strawberries, plums, pears, apples and cobnuts if you have any appetite left. The cycling's not bad either!
Day One - Arrive Canterbury
Arrive in Canterbury and check into your hotel in the heart of the city. There's so much to explore in this astounding heritage city with its magnificent cathedral and wonderful farmers market and food hall.We will deliver your cycling equipment to your hotel and your host will meet you to run through your itinerary and to familiarize you with the route. We recommend an iconic tea room with 40 teas on offer and dinner at The Goods Shed with its locally sourced produce.
Day Two - Canterbury to Faversham
17 miles (27km) or more
This is a fascinating ride that sets out along the old Crab and Winkle railway line to Whitstable, built to transfer seafood from the coast to London. Enjoy the harbour there and lunch on the famous oysters before dipping into a craft shop or two. Then follow the old Saxon shore with its often remote atmosphere and rich maritime history, past the Michelin starred seaside inn where you should book your dinner. Your overnight stay is in the outstanding market town of Faversham with its barge lined creek and historic brewery. The town is elegantly Georgian with your inn for the night in one of the oldest streets.
Day Three - Faversham to Canterbury
14 miles (22km)
Head inland through pretty villages and valleys dotted with orchards and classic views. Take in the gardens and family run tea shop at Mount Ephraim and stock up on their orchard produce. Don't miss the local cheesemakers on the farm at the next village and enjoy the cosy pubs before heading back to Canterbury. Perhaps there's just a little more to explore there - the luxurious 1930's inspired tea room? before you return your bikes to the hotel.
Minimum cost is for Classic version. Maximum cost is for Luxury version. Weekend supplement of £25 per person
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