Ride Level: Expert
MTB/CX/Gravel Bike | Fully Guided | Challenging singletrack | 80 miles | 9 to 10 hours
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I’m not sure which route Chaucer and his mates actually took, certainly a more direct route than this, as the original is now a motorway! This more circuitous route connects stretches of tracks and bridleways together with quiet country lanes, passing medieval buildings - it's a great all-day gravel adventure.
The ride starts in the precincts of Southwark Cathedral and finishes by St Stephen’s Gate in front of Canterbury Cathedral.
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Meeting at the Café in the shadow of Southwark Cathedral, our route follows the Thames down to Greenwich before picking up the Waterlink Way out towards Beckenham Place and Keston.
The infamous Bogey Lane marks the start of our first long continuous stretch off-road, right through to Knockholt where we re-join the tarmac for a few miles.
Old Pol Hill brings us to Shoreham where we meet Pilgrims’ Way for the first time. Pilgrims is now a collection of gravel tracks interspaced by quiet country lanes, passing quiet villages and on.
Crossing the Medway at Peter’s Village, the route follows the North Downs all the way to Charing, scattered along the route are pubs dating from Medieval times, we will stop at one for refreshments.
We’ll leave the Pilgrims at Charing and make ways cross country toward Chilham, following the Stour valley and then into Canterbury.
The Southwark Cathedral Café, Montague Cl, London SE1 9DA
- Duration: 8-9 hours riding time.
- Distance: 130 km (80 miles)
- Estimated average speed: 11 kmph.
- Trails: This a ‘gravel ride’ predominantly off-road trails of differing quality linked together by quiet lanes.
- Technical Grade: Black – Moderately intense physical challenge taken at a sensible pace to suit regular cyclists who have some experience of off-road riding.
- Group Size: 8 people.
- A refreshment stop mid-way (cost of refreshments is not included in the ride).
Is this ride for me?
This ride is a moderately intense physical challenge suitable for regular riders with reasonable levels of fitness and some off-road experience.
The pace of the ride will be adapted to suit the cyclists on the day and the route may change to meet the capabilities of the group as a whole, the leader will make sure that no one is left out or behind!
Is my bike OK for this ride?
The ride is suitable for well-maintained mountain, gravel or CX bikes.
There will be a basic bike check before each ride to ensure riders' safety, so please make sure your bike is in good condition with working brakes and gears, along with pumped up tyres and an oiled chain.
If in doubt, please get your bike checked over by a competent mechanic or bike shop before the ride. Here is a list of local bike shops we're happy to recommend.
Remember to plan ahead, many bike shops are very busy and service slots are often booked out in advance.
What do I need to bring?
- Helmet (wearing helmets is a must on our rides)
- Spare inner tube
- Water and snacks
- Rain jacket (if required)
- Suitably warm/cool clothing for the weather
- Sunscreen (as necessary)
Snacks and drinks are not provided on this ride - please ensure you have adequate food and drink, as there are few opportunities on the route to buy provisions.
What's included in the price?
- Guide for the entire ride
- Coaching hints and skill tips about 'off road' cycling
- Pre-ride bike and helmet safety checks
- Fixing mechanical faults/punctures where possible
- Train fare from Canterbury to London St Pancras
Snacks and drinks are not provided on this ride - please ensure you have adequate food and drink, there are few opportunities on the route to buy provisions.