Crab and Winkle Way

The Crab and Winkle Way is a charming 7.6-mile cycle ride between Canterbury and the harbour in Whitstable. Along the way you’ll enjoy ancient broadleaved woodland and fine views. When you reach Whitstable you can try local seafood and stroll along the seafront.

The Crab and Winkle Way links the cathedral city of Canterbury with the harbour in Whitstable. From Harbledown the route is mostly traffic-free, following the railway line from the Winding Pond (a great place to picnic) to the outskirts of Whitstable.

On the way you travel through Blean Woods, one of the largest areas of ancient broadleaved woodland in southern Britain, where you can find the rare heath fritillary butterfly.

The route does feature some hills, with a 61m (200ft) climb out of Canterbury and an undulating middle section. You’ll be rewarded with fine views over Whitstable from the highest point of the ride.

The route ends at Whitstable station, but is signed right through to the harbour of this lovely seaside town which is still a commercial port. Enjoy its weatherboard cottages, stroll down Squeeze Gut Alley and sample the local seafood. If you don't feel up to the ride back, you can get the train from Whitstable.

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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