Coast to Cathedral Bike Loop is a 45.1 mile loop trail located near the city of Canterbury that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for road biking and mountain biking.
The "Coast to Cathedral" is a marvelous loop ride on Regional Routes 16 and 17 linking Dover, Folkestone and Canterbury. The ride is blessed with leafy lanes and bridleways, rolling hills, wide skies, woodland, country villages and hamlets; the perfect recipe for a cycle holiday and great day rides. The circular route is best approached anti clockwise via Route 16 as the climb out of Dover is short and steep compared to the longer harder climb out of Folkestone. Leaving stunning views of Dover Castle behind, you soon join quiet country lanes and meander through fine East Kent countryside and old villages to Patrixbourne where you join the North Downs Way to Canterbury. The return leg from Canterbury branches off route 16 at Patrixbourne as you pick up scenic Route 17 through Bridge to follow quiet valley lanes past Lynsore Bottom to Elham. Continental travelers can connect with Le Shuttle Cycle Service (May - September) at Newington, alternatively route 17 skirts left on delightful lanes to Hawkinge and West Hougham, downhill to Dover. One way day riders on 16 or 17 can let the train take the strain on the return leg thanks to convenient stations at Folkestone, Dover and Canterbury. There is so much to see and do on this spectacular circular route with plenty of wonderful and interesting places to stay and enjoy!