Crab and Winkle Way, Kent

UK cycle trails

Beginning in the World Heritage Site of Canterbury, Crab and Winkle Way in Kent passes through farms and woodland to the coastal town of Whitstable.

The route takes its name from the old ‘Crab and Winkle’ railway line that ran between 1830 and 1952, and begins with a tour around Canterbury before heading into the Kent countryside. On the way, cyclists travel through Blean Woods, one of the largest areas of ancient broadleaved woodland in the south of the UK.

How difficult is Crab and Winkle Way?

The trail is gently undulating, and the newly-built path is gentle enough for a family outing. However, you’ll certainly be able to work up enough of an appetite to sample the local seafood (after which the railway was named). And if you don’t feel up to the ride back, you can get the train from Whitstable to Canterbury East station — although you will have to change at Faversham. Kent County Council have produced a leaflet describing the landscape and the wildlife that can be found along the route, which you can pick up at nearby Tourist Information centres.

Distance: 7.5 miles (approximately 12km)

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