Local Riding - Our Recommendations

Whether you're new to cycling, new to town, or simply passing through, this is your first stop on the way to the best riding around Kent. With countless years of combined local knowledge, we're on hand to lead you straight to the highlights. 

Off-Road Routes

Southern and Eastern Kent has a great network of bridleways and byways to explore off-road. It also has some great coastal trails. For kids to learn, there are a couple of country parks with trails for them to develop their off-road skills.

Below, we have listed some of our favourites.

Coastal Trails


Viking Trail
Oyster Bay Trail
St. Margaret's Bay
East Coast Castle Tour (Richborough to Dover)
Rye to Lydd Loop 
Chalk & Channel Way (Folkestone to Dover)

Trekking/Gravel Routes


Crab & Winkle Way
Wear Bay & Eagles Nest (Lower Leas Coastal Park)
Covert Woods
West Wood
Kings wood (Short) (Medium) (Longer)
Warren Run

Unmissable Café Stops

The weekly club run wouldn't be the same without a good café stop. Here are our regular haunts – bike-friendly, and top notch refuelling!

Local Kent Cycling Clubs

Joining a cycling club is a great way to find new routes, train for events, get into racing and simply rub shoulders with other people passionate about cycling. Kent has some great clubs that offer members weekly club rides, youth training (“Go Ride”), time trialling, MTB and cyclocross racing, as well as road racing. 

Activ Cycles Shop Rides

Experience some of the local knowledge at the heart of Activ Cycles first hand by joining us on our regular shop rides. We head out on a variety of off-road loops from the Folkestone shop – check out our write-ups below for an idea of what to expect:

The Warren Run w/ Keefer & Kishan - Nov 2021