Wednesday 23 June 2021

Getting ready for the Whitstable overnighter

Friday will see me taking part in possibly my favourite night ride to the coast destination - Whitstable. Many people go as far as describing it as the King/Queen of rides and I would not contest this. I am looking forward to it greatly. 

My view just before I reach the start location
The Woolwich Ferry on which you can cross the river Thames

The ride will start as usual near the London Eye and from there we cycle on quieter roads, following the river Thames towards Greenwich and the famous clipper ship, the Cutty Sark. 

We then progress towards Dartford and Gravesend. I particularly like seeing all the old industrial areas as we progress east. After Gravesend the route takes one a different vibe featuring quiet country lanes and wonderful views, especially as dawn approaches. 

Look carefully and you can see a submarine!

The halfway stop at the Church of the English Martyrs - possibly the best on any of these rides - will provide refreshment and sanctuary. 


Once we reach Faversham and its rather unique church there is a left turn where you cycle across the Graveney Marshes - at which you ride at your own speed - that leads you into Whitstable. 


Cycling just after dawn with Whitstable not too far away

So, as I wrote, I am looking forward to this one and the only thing I need to do is to get the bikes ready and decide which I will take with me. Watch this space for my write up if it is of interest to you. 

Stay safe out there people!!

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