Ashford to Canterbury

Ashford to Canterbury

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The Linear cycle route takes you from the busy Kent market town of Ashford 18 Miles through country lanes and Kent villages to the historic city of Canterbury. If you wish you can take the return journey on the train as there is a direct rail route between Ashford and Canterbury but make sure you check the timetables before setting out. The route is on a tarmac surface all the way and you may encounter some heavy traffic as you set off on your ride in Ashford and when you reach the centre of Canterbury so take care ! You will encounter some hill climbs along the route.

Start from Ashford International Railway Station and cycle south along Beaver Road over the railway line. After you cross the railway line TURN FIRST LEFT along Romney Marsh Road and after 200 yards at the next roundabout TURN LEFT and then BEAR RIGHT at the next roundabout along New Town Road. After about 600 yards the road changes its name to Crowbridge Road and then after 400 yards TURN LEFT along Boys Hall Road.

Follow Boys Hall Road for 500 yards to the end and then TURN LEFT on to Sevington Lane and then TURN SECOND RIGHT along Church Road and cycle to the end of the road where you come to a junction with Hythe Road. At the junction TURN RIGHT AND THEN IMMEDIATE LEFT along Leeds Road, which then passes under the M20. As the road passes under the M20 it changes its name to Silver Hill Road. Cycle along the road for 300 yards where you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout GO STRAIGHT ACROSS keeping to Silver Hill Road and after 70 yards you come to a cross road junction with Kennington Road. GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION along Blackwall Road. After 250 yards Blackwall Road splits into two. At this point TURN RIGHT along Blackwall Road which takes you out of Ashford and into the Kent countryside heading towards the village of Great Stour.

After about 2 miles you reach the small village of Great Stour and go straight through the village and 300 yards after Great Stour you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT along Oxentum Road.

Continue along Oxentum Road for about a third of a mile where you come to the historic village of Wye. At the centre of the village you come to a ‘T’ junction at the junction TURN RIGHT along Upper Bridge Street and after 150 yards you come to the end of Upper Bridge Street and TURN LEFT THEN IMMEDIATE RIGHT along Olantigh Road. You now cycle along the road out of Wye and after about half a mile you pass through the hamlet of Olantigh, which is mainly consists of Olantigh Hall. Cycle through Olantigh and after 200 yards TURN RIGHT along a country lane. You now cycle up the hill towards the village of Crundale.

When you reach Crundale you TURN LEFT at the centre of the small village and then after 300 yards TURN RIGHT along the country lane towards Anvil Green. Continue for about a mile and a half to Anvil Green and continue straight through the village. About 400 yards after the village you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction Turn Left on to Waltham Road in the direction of Petham. After three quarters of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT along The Street into Petham, go straight through the village and as you do the road changes its name to Town Road.

Cycle along Town Road for about half a mile to its end. Then at the ‘T’ junction TURN LEFT THEN IMMEDIATE RIGHT along Stone Street B2068 which takes you into the village of Street End after about a quarter of a mile. Continue through Street End and as you leave the village the road changes its name to Faussett Hill and then Nackington Road. This road then takes you over the A2 and on to the suburbs of Canterbury. About three quarters of a mile after the A2 you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT on to Old Dover Road.

Cycle along Old Dover Road for about half a mile and then TURN LEFT at the roundabout along Rhodaus Town and cycle along the road for 200 yards to Canterbury East Railway Station. The end of the ride.

Canterbury is an historic city with its world famous cathedral and castle ruins. There are plenty of places to visit in Canterbury along with its shops, bars and café’s.

 

 

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