PEDAL & PADDLE
CANTERBURY > MARGATE
Kent Countryside Nature Reserve Woodland
Britain's Smallest Town
Village Pub Lunch Seaside Sights Quirky Tea Shop
CYCLING TIME & DISTANCE
Approx. 15miles 3hrs | Leisurely pace with plenty of stops
PADDLING TIME & DISTANCE
Approx. 5miles 2.5hrs | Leisurely pace
Moderate.Suitable for any level of rider or paddler (no one is left behind!)
Hybrid or mountain bike and helmets supplied by The Bike Shed.
A choice of craft to paddle along the River Stour; single or double kayak, or double or triple canoe supplied by Canoe Wild.
WHAT TO BRING
Water. Suitable comfy clothing for the weather and a waterproof jacket for the river paddle. Funds for lunch and train back to Canterbury or home.
On this city-to-coast adventure, you’ll experience the stunning Kent countryside and coast from the land and river. Suitable for any level of rider or paddler, adults, children, and dogs. No one is left behind! You'll take in a nature reserve, wildlife, quaint villages, Britain's smallest town, a quirky tea shop stop, lunch in a country pub, several stunning beaches, seaside sights, and lot's of interesting stories and local facts en-route.
As you paddle along the River Stour with your guide, you will spot a variety of plants and animals, from dragonflies to kingfishers, perhaps even the rare sighting of a water vole or beaver. Along the way, there are frequent stops where your guide will share stories about the history, culture and landscape, including little-known local secrets!
The tour culminates in the original seaside town of Margate which you can explore at your leisure, maybe enjoy a meal at one of the many fantastic restaurants and take in the epic sunset.
A shared experience to remember forever!
"We had a fantastic day with Colin. Starting in the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral before cycling to meet our kayaks at historic Fordwich. We then paddled down the beautiful River Stour, gliding past Heron, Moorhen and Coot before arriving for lunch at Grove Ferry. Refreshed, we were back on the bikes and heading for the coast arriving in Margate in time for tea! A great day and a great adventure." John O, Tripadvisor
"You won't find a better day out in Kent than this. Col is the perfect host and guide. We embarked on a trip with people at varying levels of fitness, yet everyone felt as though they had a perfect day out having experienced the best of Kent; through the historic city of Canterbury on to quintessentially British villages, stopping at a wonderful family and dog-friendly pub on the way, (yes the dog loved it too!) carrying on along the exhilarating coast, wheeling into Margate with big grins born of adventure." Carl Adams, Tripadvisor
"Fantastic day out with Col on a tour from beautiful Canterbury through lovely Kentish countryside to buzzing Margate. A really professional setup with bikes delivered and set up for us as we arrived to embark on the tour. I'd recommend this tour for any level of rider, the leisurely pace suited the whole group and Col is a fantastic guide. 10/10!" thewhitecliffs, Tripadvisor
10.30 AM// Meet at Canterbury West Station (parking available for £7.50/day) where you will be introduced to your fellow adventurers before heading off by bike through the stunning medieval city of Canterbury, then through beautiful Woodland on the edge of the city.
Late Morning // Explore Britain's smallest town then we'll pick up our crafts, and set off along the scenic River Stour, drifting with the flow of the river. Our bikes will be transported upstream.
Afternoon // Lunch at a riverside country pub, before jumping back on our bikes to explore the countryside, villages.
Late Afternoon // Quirky tea shop and garden stop before heading to the coast through a stunning nature reserve.
Early Evening // "Wheel into Margate with big grins born of adventure." Carl Adams, Tripadvisor
Either jump on the train back, or stay in Margate, explore, and catch the train back home in your own time. Colin will recommend the best places to eat and drink.