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Crab and Winkle Way

Explore Kent by bike
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  The Crab and Winkle Way is a terrific 7.5 mile (12km) mainly traffic-free route between Canterbury and Whitstable. Opened in 1999, it ... more »

Tips:  Start: Canterbury
Finish: Whitstable

(National Route 1)
7.5 miles (12km), mainly traffic-free disused railway line
from University of... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Explore Kent by Bike

2. Crab and Winkle Way

The cycle route was opened in 1999 and takes its name from the old Victorian railway line which once linked the two towns until 1952. As stated in the Guinness Book of Records, the Crab & Winkle was only the third railway line ever built, and when it opened in 1830 was “the first regular steam passenger railway in the world”. But the steam... More

3. Blean Woods

On the way you travel through Blean Woods, one of the largest areas of ancient broadleaved woodland in southern Britain, where you can find the rare heath fritillary butterfly.

Once in Whitstable, enjoy the oysters while taking in the stunning views across the bay, especially at sunset. Whitstable is famous for its oysters and millions were raised and consumed every year during the 1860’s and 1870’s. Boat building was the backbone of Whitstable’s prosperity from the late 18th century until the 20th century. The diving... More

Whitstable Bay and the Isle of Sheppey provide a wonderful backdrop for sunsets and William Turner was inspired to paint many famous seascapes here.