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Cantii Way - Day 1

I have been looking forward to doing this new 150 mile long-distance cycle path for some time. The Cantii way explores Kent and takes its name from the ancient Celtic tribe originally from the area. We started our ride from Ashford although the official start is in Wye. We’ve only undertaken the first 52 miles on day one but so far I can say this is an absolutely delightful route. It has a bit of everything - quiet country roads, gravel trails, cycle paths, cycling along the promenade of the seaside and even an off road section of the North Downs Way. The section from Ashford to Wye takes in idyllically quiet country lanes alongside fields of barley & maize. Wye itself is a beautiful little village and we stumbled across the farmers market. Then onward along the Pilgrims way towards Canterbury, this is where we tackled a section of the North Downs Way through pretty wooded areas. Canterbury itself was heaving but we took a pit stop to visit this historic town famous for Chaucer’s Canterbury tales and Canterbury cathedral of course . The cathedral itself is completely walled, but we were able to quickly take a photo of the cathedral and have a coffee. We then made our way along the Crab and Winkle cycleway to Whitstable by the sea / famous for its whelks, winkles & oysters. It was a beautiful summers day and absolutely everybody in Kent seemed to be out on the beach. We then continued along the coast on the beach promenade to Herne Bay and Reculver where there is an ancient Roman fort. We then joined the Viking Coastal Trail to make our way towards Cliffsend where we took a diversion for our overnight stay in Ramsgate. Ramsgate harbour surprisingly pretty! Fish & chips for dinner after an awesome day with awesome friend, Christina 😍😎


Whitstable Harbour


North Downs Way


North Downs Way


Canterbury Cathedral


Canterbury


Chilham


Herne Bay


Reculver (originally Roman then Anglo Saxon)


Ramsgate sunset (photo credit to Christina)




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