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Biking Tour Garden of England London to Dover

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Biking Tour Garden of England London to Dover

Single / Double

£575/ £369

Tour Period

Any Start Date February to November

Tour Nights

5

Tour description

A five centre self-guided biking tour from London to Dover in southern England. 5 nights bed and breakfast en-suite guesthouse accommodation (wherever possible), 4 days biking hire of a bike would be extra. Includes luggage transfers, route guide and maps.
Starting in the centre of London this cycle route is called the Garden of England Tour. Following the River Thames to Gravesend the route then takes you through the county of Kent (known as the garden of England). Cycling a traffic free cycleway along the Medway Canal to Rochester then crossing the River Medway to Chatham. After a stop at Canterbury (famous for its cathedral) minor country roads take you passed many places of interest such as Faversham and Whitstable reaching the coast at Sandwich. The last stage of the route is along the North Sea coast to Dover and your destination on this tour. The final morning you catch the train or ferry with your bike and continue your journey.

Sample schedule

START and FINISH: London is in the South East of England.

5 nights Biking Garden of England London to Dover, 
The River Thames London

 

ARRIVAL DAY: Your 1st nights accommodation will be in the centre of London close the start of the tour and many tourist attractions. There are many places to eat in the city from fish and chip shops to luxury restaurants (not included). Overnight London, England.

5 nights Biking Garden of England London to Dover.
The Cutty Sark Greenwich 5 nights Biking Garden of England London to Dover.
The Thames Barrier

 

DAY TWO: Greenwich to Gravesend. Distance approx. 28 miles (45km). After breakfast you would begin the ride through London along the river Thames on this mainly traffic free cycle route that is well sign posted. There are many attractions along the way for example: the Cutty Sark, the Millennium Dome and the Thames Barrier. Passing through Woolwich, Erith and ending at Gravesend your next overnight stop. Overnight Gravesend, England.

DAY THREE: Gravesend to Sittingbourne. Distance approx. 24 miles (38km). As you leave Gravesend the route follows the Thames Medway Canal before heading inland to Rochester with many Heritage sites such as Jaspers Gate (featured by Dickens in Edwin Drood). Also there is a Cathedral, Museums and good opportunities for lunch. Passing Gillingham the route follows the River Medway on a traffic-free path leading onto minor roads through green farmland to Sittingbourne and your accommodation for tonight. Overnight Sittingbourne, England.

DAY FOUR: Sittingbourne to Canterbury. Distance approx. 30 miles (48km). The route is quite different in character from the flat riverside paths so far on this tour. Wooded country lanes take you to the historic towns of Faversham, Whitstable and finishing in Canterbury. A particularly nice section of the route is known as 'The Crab and Winkle Way'. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you pass through Druidstone Wildlife Park to your destination for today the ancient city of Canterbury dominated by the Cathedral. Overnight Canterbury, Kent, England.

5 nights Biking Garden of England London to Dover. Canterbury Cathedral

 

DAY FIVE: Canterbury to Dover. Distance approx. 32 miles (51km). Minor country roads pass Richborough Roman Fort before reaching the coastal town of Sandwich. This would be an ideal place to stop for a sandwich maybe? Continuing along the coastline is the popular holiday resort of Deal with its Castle. At Kingsdown the route rises gently to the highest point of the tour before descending into Dover. The spectacular White Cliffs at Dover provide the first glimpse of England to travellers crossing the Channel from Europe. This will be your final overnight stop of the tour. Overnight Dover, Kent, England.

5 nights Biking Garden of England London to Dover, The White Cliffs of Dover

 

DEPARTURE DAY: Today you can continue your journey by train or ferry from Dover.

Travel Description

RAIL TRAVEL from HEATHROW AIRPORT to LONDON (NOT included in tour price): London is the hub of train and planes in England.

RAIL TRAVEL from DOVER PRIORY to LONDON (included in tour price): The nearest rail station is Dover Priory. The 10:04am arrives London Victoria 11:47am. There are earlier and later trains.

ARRIVING and DEPARTING by EUROLINES or NATIONAL EXPRESS COACH: This is by far the cheapest option for long-distance travel in England, Scotland, and Wales. There are very convenient buses from each major airport. National Express carries over 16 million passengers to 1000 different places in the UK every year, and thousands more from destinations across Europe and Ireland. You can purchase an e-Ticket where you print your travel ticket online in a matter of minutes OR you can obtain an m-Ticket and have your travel ticket sent to your mobile phone - no paper ticket required. You then present this to the driver on arrival.

ARRIVING BY CAR: Please ask for details.

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Tour Code:

BD05

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Grade

D

Grade Description

GRADE D cycling: Between 28 - 32 miles (45 - 51kms) a day. The route is principally a flat easy ride. We recommend that clients bring their own bicycle and equipment. We can arrange for the hire of this, if required. The cost would be about £50. You will start cycling about 10am and finish at approx. 4pm. These grades are for guidance only and will depend on weather conditions and your fitness.

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Hi Richard,
I just wanted to let you know that we are back home and enjoyed ourtrip very much! Phillip was quite nice and took good care of us-He was on the downhill side of the Moorfoot Hills and it was a treat to see a friendly face. 
We saw him early on the last transfer day because he was getting an early start home as his wife went into the hospital-I hope she is well, please send him our regards.

I also want to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Duncan House-the room was so lovely and Jeff was an outstanding host. I was extremely impressed with the extra effort he put into making our stay comfortable.

My husband had never done a cycle tour before, and he is sold-we will definitely travel that way again and he is already talking about the Highlands!

If you want more of a review or would like me to post one on a website, please let me know, Thanks for making all the arrangements for us,
Karen and Eli, Leyons, Colarado, USA. 

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Karen & Eli
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