- Route: London to Dover & Dover to Hastings
- Distance: London to Dover is 113 miles. Dover to Hastings is 52 miles.
- National Cycle Network: Routes 1 and 2
This beautiful route travels between London and Hastings, but for those wanting a shorter journey you could break the ride at Dover.
1. London to Dover
The route starts in Greenwich and takes you on a traffic free path along the Thames, past the Thames Barrier and onto Dartford. The route continues onto Gillingham, Sittingbourne and Faversham. From here you head towards Whitstable where you join the largely traffic-free 'Crab and Winkle Way'. This section of the route does feature some hills, with a 61m (200ft) climb into Canterbury. However, there are fine views over Whitstable from the highest point of the ride.
Leaving Canterbury you travel through Fordwich, Britain's smallest town and then the route follows the coast to Sandwich and Deal before arriving in Dover.
2. Dover to Hastings
Starting in Dover, with its famous white cliffs, this section of the route travels all the way down the Kent coast, providing you with fantastic views. Between Dover and Folkestone (known locally as the Chalk and Channel Way) you can take a short detour to Samphire Hoe, a land mass that reaches out into the English Channel which was created from the material from digging the Channel Tunnel. It's a great place to spot wildlife and a good picnic spot.
There is the opportunity to venture west of Dover and link up with the Downs and Weald Route, offering the possibility of combining the Downs and Weald with the Garden of England to complete a round trip from London for a 239 mile journey.
For the London section of the route please order the TfL cycle maps of London.
Things to see and do
- Dover Castle
- Samphire Hoe
- Camber Castle, Rye
- Canterbury Cathedral
The route follows the coast to the Cinque port of Sandwich to the north of Dover, and to Hythe and Romney to the south.