Recommended Ride – Crab and Winkle Way, Whitstable.

Recommended Ride – Crab and Winkle Way, Whitstable.

I don’t know about you but I often say “we will definitely do this again as it is so special”; and I seldom do! This time we have. The previous experience was so good that another trip was on the cards; especially with a birthday treat lunch as a catalyst.

First find your way to Canterbury and grab a coffee. Unload the bikes and head off to the University area and seek out the entrance to the “Crab and Winkle Way”. This is a delightful mainly off road route from Canterbury to Whitstable. The scenery is beautiful and there are places to stop and picnic if it takes your fancy. Most of the route is fairly flat terrain but there are a number of hills which shouldn’t prove a problem, particularly with e-bikes.

On the outskirts of Whitstable you potter through the side roads and pop out onto the harbour area. Great for a coffee or beer in one of the open cafes whilst you watch the world go by. There is a lovely atmosphere with working fishing boats moored in the small peaceful waterway.

Ride the bikes right along the front and take in all the colourful beach huts and wacky unique properties. Loop round and take the one street back which in itself is fascinating and then lock up your bikes outside the Whitstable Oyster Company.
This restaurant is a delight. Really well set up and busy with a good buzz, particularly on a Sunday at lunchtime (recommend you book). Try the cod and chips with all the trimmings. Predictably it specialises in fish and the range is vast. Not cheap but good quality and worth it.

Skip the puddings (attractive as they sound) and cycle over to Sundae Sundae for a salted caramel single cone (after your lunch two scoops are too much) check out the High Street – end to end – easy on an e-bike.
11 miles back and then home, James. Lovely day and great, if undemanding, bike ride. 24 miles in all.

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