Thanet Coast Route?

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maxglide
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Thanet Coast Route?

Postby maxglide » 21 Mar 2018, 12:43pm

I'm planning a ride from Margate to Bournemouth.

Two initial starting routes are, Margate - Faversham and, Margate - Canterbury. Both routes merge 40 miles from Margate.

I think the 20 mile coastal promenade from M - F could become boring & repetitive; hence the Canterbury option. Opinions?

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Re: Thanet Coast Route?

Postby gaz » 21 Mar 2018, 1:44pm

I suppose the question is "do you like to be beside the seaside, do you like to be beside the sea?" :wink:

You haven't linked any routes. A-roads in Thanet are no fun at all. Cycle.travel uses the proms from Margate to Reculver for both options. It would be possible to make a decision at that point unless you need to pre-book your accomodation.

If heading for Canterbury I'd probably stay on the coast to Whitstable and then take the Crab and Winkle. If heading to Faversham I'd find time to stop at the Freewheel Inn at Graveney.
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maxglide
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Re: Thanet Coast Route?

Postby maxglide » 21 Mar 2018, 5:46pm

Yes, the Canterbury route veers SW at Reculver. I think it's going to be that way - 8 miles of seaside is enough. As for accomodation, it'll probably be 'alternative camping'.

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Re: Thanet Coast Route?

Postby molzor » 21 Mar 2018, 8:40pm

the back lanes from reculver towards canterbury are pretty nice.

or you could turn off to canterbury from whitstable on the crab and winkle way. that goes through some woodland too if you are looking for a camp spot.

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Re: Thanet Coast Route?

Postby groberts » 22 Mar 2018, 5:25pm

I did the Kent coast clockwise a few years ago. Here's a link to my blog - if you pick the bones out of this it might help you decide.

Reculver to Margate is very nice but if I were going from Margate to Bournemouth I'd go via Dover - Eastbourne and then maybe inland through the South Downs to Winchester and drop down to Bournemouth via the New Forest.

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