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Pilgrimage to Canterbury

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Ride Level: Black - Expert

MTB, CX, Gravel bike| GPX Route | Natural, Gravel and Single Track | 135 km/85 miles | 7 to 8 hours 

Unless they were keen off-road cyclists, I'm not over sure that's this is the route Chaucer and his gang would have taken - but it's a blast through Kent on some varied and excellent gravel riding. 

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Ride Description

Starting at the foot of London Bridge the route winds its way shadowing the Thames towards Deptford when it joins the Ravensbrook path out towards Keston - it's a bit urban here but bear with it. 

Ride through Keston Common and with one last bit of road the route hit the dirt on Bogey Lane and continues rarely off-road up and down wooded comes to Knockholt.

Diving into the Shoreham on a splendid descent before fording the Darenth and joining Pilgrims Way.

For the next 30 miles, Pilgrims Way is a mix of gravel sectors interspaced with quiet roads - just go for it - it's fun.

Just past Charing, the route climbs back to the top of the Downs, past Challock into Kings Wood - a beautifully maintained largely downhill section of fire road is a joy to ride. 

Beyond Chilham (have a look at the Castle) the route follows the Stour Valley before sneaking into Canterbury itself.


Start and End Points 

Start:  London Bridge 

Finish: Canterbury

Ride Details 
  • Distance: 135km | 85miles
  • Climb: 1370 m | 4500 ft 
  • Percentage off-road: 50%
  • Trail surface: Natural | Gravel |  Single Track
  • Technical Grade: Black - Requires expert bike handling skills 
Places to Eat 

37 miles:                Local Shops in Wrotham 

48 miles:                Numerous pubs and Cafes in Aylesford 

68 miles;                Local shops in Charing 

Places to see

59 miles:                Leeds Castle (2 miles off the route at Hollingbourne) 

Is this ride for me? 

Fit strong riders can do this route in a day - it would make a great weekend trip as well - why not consider staying at Leeds Castle - it's about halfway? 

Is my bike OK for this ride? 

The route is best completed on a mountain bike but can be completed on a CX/gravel bike.

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