Ramsgate to Canterbury Ride

Not quite reversing the ride from earlier in the month.

Meeting at Stratford International at 8.45am for train to Ramsgate. Buy an HS1 return Stratford Intl to Ramsgate – £20.

Get off at Ramsgate, cycle to Sandwich and Canterbury West, train back to Stratford Intl.

Robin rates this 4/5 on difficulty level!

There is a route map online here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zqkuImb7P2jgzcIvDa-Ex2JcLhJAAP5D&usp=sharing

~60km, on-road, difficulty 4/5 because there are some inclines, café stop approx 2/3 of the way around as marked on the below elevation profile:

Canterbury to Ramsgate Ride

This was a new ride last year, led by Robin. Rated 3/5 Difficulty!

55km ride (map link) from Canterbury to Whitstable, and then clockwise around the Kent coast to Ramsgate. Substantial off-road sections, some with flint/gravel which might be uncomfortable on narrow high-pressure tyres. Whatever size, please make sure that your tyres are in good order, and consider bringing a spare tube.
Train details:
* 08:45 Sunday 7 July: arrive at Stratford International station
* pair up with another 2—7 people for a Group Saver purchase; NB you must travel back with these people!
* full price adult tickets are £20—“same day return, Stratford International to Ramsgate”
* use the tiny lift or carry your bike down lots of stairs to the platform
* trains may be busy; spread along the platform
* catch the train to Canterbury, and get off at Canterbury:
09:16: Stratford International [SFA] Platform 3 (but check the platform on the day!)
 10:08: arrive Canterbury West [CBW]

Most of the ride is pretty flat, but there is a hill up to the university at the start and a couple of short sharp climbs—see elevation profile:

We will have to get off and push for a few short sections, including by beach huts and the sailing club, and there are a few other risk assessmenty things that I’ve put notes on the map for. Quite a lot of the ride is on shared-use paths, so please give other users consideration.
We are joining up with some more cyclists from Bexhill at Whitstable station around 11:00, after which we’ll head on around the coast via Herne Bay, Margate etc.
Café stop after ~35km (no cards for less than £10 spend, so you might like to bring cash), but please ensure that you carry enough water, especially if it’s hot.
We’ll then catch the train back to Stratford International; again, if it’s busy, we might need to spread out along the train a bit.

Canterbury to Ramsgate Ride

Following the Crab & Winkle Way.

Robin (ride leader) will meet you at Canterbury.

Please allow plenty of time to buy tickets and get bikes down to the platform (lift only takes 2 bikes at a time for those who don’t want to carry them!)

Departing Stratford International on the 09.16,  arriving 10.08 Canterbury West.

Cost £20 full price – but GroupSave discounts should be available.

If you are interested in joining this ride, please contact us