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Biking Tour Garden of England London to Dover

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Biking Tour Garden of England London to Dover

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£790/ £585

Tour Period

Any Start Date February to November

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Tour description

A five centre self-guided cycling tour from London to Dover in southern England. Includes 4 days of cycling and 5 nights bed and breakfast in en-suite (wherever possible) guesthouse accommodation, luggage transfers, route guide and maps.  Four days hire of a bike would be extra. PLEASE NOTE: The only meal included in the tour price is breakfast.
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). You will cycle along a traffic free cycleway beside the Medway Canal to Rochester before crossing the River Medway to Chatham. After a stop at Canterbury (famous for its cathedral), minor country roads take you past 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 night’s 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. 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 ONE: Greenwich to Gravesend. Distance approx. 28 miles (45 km). After breakfast you will 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 including: the Cutty Sark, the Millennium Dome and the Thames Barrier. Passing through Woolwich and Erith you will end at Gravesend, your next overnight stop. Overnight: Gravesend, Kent, England.

DAY TWO: Gravesend to Sittingbourne. Distance approx. 24 miles (38 km). As you leave Gravesend the route follows the Thames Medway Canal before heading inland to Rochester, home to many heritage sites such as Jaspers Gate (featured by Dickens in ‘Edwin Drood’). Rochester also has a cathedral, museums and some good opportunities to purchase 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, Kent, England.

DAY THREE: Sittingbourne to Canterbury. Distance approx. 30 miles (48 km). The route today 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 and Whitstable before 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 FOUR: Canterbury to Dover. Distance approx. 32 miles (51 km). 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? Further 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 of 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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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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Richard - 
After stopping off in Wisconsin for a few days, we have now returned back to our home in Montana and begun settling in. I've finished cropping and editing all the pictures I took and they look great! We will review and remember our wonderful trip many times throughout the winter months and beyond. Fletchers should also be back home, and we'll get together this coming week to swap our stories of Reeth and the Cotswolds. 
Doug and I just want to thank you again for organizing such a terrific trip! Your thoughtful attention to details in routing and lodging, and your personal care was so very much appreciated. 
If ever we get the chance to return, or hear of anyone else planning such a trip, you can be assured that we will be contacting you. 
I hope your fall season is enjoyable. 
Thank you again. 
Warm regards, 
Mindy and Doug Ferrell
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Doug and Mindy Ferrell
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