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Mountain Bike Guide Kent

Kent Mountain Biking Routes

21 well researched routes from 5 to 50km. Routes for all abilities.

BikeMaps Comment: Although this guide was published in 1995 it covers many areas that aren't covered by other guidebooks and is a very low price! The routes will still provide a lot of fun and have enough challenges to ensure a good time on the bike.

See map below for route locations as well as a summary of the routes.

Happy riding!

See below for route details

Book Details:
ISBN 0948153342
Published: 1995 (see comment on the right under 'Quick Glance')
Author: Gary Tompsett
144 Pages / Book Size: A5

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RRP £6.95

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The Mountain Biking Routes

Map showing the approximate recommended starting points for each route as indicated in the book.
Click on a marker for route information.



Route 1. Penshurst

Distance: 7km. Grade Easy.

A special, short route only is provided here because the facilities at Penshurst Offroad Cycling are so good - a mountain biking paradise.

Route 2. Ide Hill

Distance: 17km. Grade Difficult.

Start: Ide Hill. An area with many characteristics of the very popular Surrey Hills, but much quieter. Alternative start: Toy's Hill.

Route 3. Plaxtol 1

Distance: 27km. Grade Difficult.

Start: Plaxtol. An intricate and hard route on the Greensand Ridge that runs alongside the massive Knole Park. A few technical sections provide just reward if you can clear them all in one ride. Alternative start: Godden Green or Styants Wood.

Route 4. Plaxtol 2

Distance: 18km. Grade Moderate.

The route rises and falls through orchards out of Plaxtol, and takes a course through the deep woodland of Mereworth. It can be linked with Route 3 for a very demanding figure of 8 route. Alternative start: Platt village.

Route 5. Trosley

Distance: 21km. Grade Moderate.

Start: Trosley Country Park. A route that captures the true character of the North Downs, with beech and oak trees covering the steep scarp slope and intricate deep valleys of the dip slope. Many views of the Medway valley. Some technical sections on ancient flint cart tracks, some muddy challenges too. Alternative start: Trottiscliffe or Upper Halling villages or Holly Hill car park.

Route 6. Blue Bell Hill 1

Distance: 25km. Grade Moderate

Start: south of Kit's Coty near Aylesford. This route is the harder and longer partner to Route 7. It covers ground that is representative of much of the history of Kent, with chalk quarries and Neolithic stones commonplace. Alternative start: Wouldham, Eccles, Aylesford or Blue Bell Hill.

Route 7. Blue Bell Hill 2

Distance: 18km. Grade Moderate.

High on the North Downs this route travel through ancient woodland on old cart tracks and follows part of the North Downs Way. Technical sections exist with mud, rocks and chalk. Alternative start : Bredhurst, Boxley, Detling or Blue Bell Hill.

Route 8. Charing 1

Distance: 37km. Grade Moderate

Start Charing. This route follows the North Downs Way along the foot of the Downs, on very gentle terrain, with no technical sections. There is some of the route on the A20 main road, this can be avoided by taking the train at the beginning of the journey, between Charing and Hollingbourne.

Route 9. Charing 2

Distance: 24km. Grade Moderate

Start Charing. A route woven into the myriad of dry valleys of the North Downs dip slope. This route should reward the more adventurous group or provide solitude for the individual. You can break away from the main route at many points in order to visit Stalisfield Green with its idyllic village green and pub. Alternative start: Hollingbourne.

Route 10. Wye

Distance: 34km. Grade Difficult.

Start: Wye. A major route either side of the Stour Valley involving several ascents of the North Downs scarp slope and valley sides in the dip slope. A very rewarding route. Alternative start: Chilham, Challock, Chartham,or Crundale.

Route 11. Chilham

Distance: 21km. Grade Moderate.

This route combines rolling downland with deep woodland, orchard and on particular area that is a myriad of bridleways. Excellent to take the family out on once they have a bit of mountain biking experience. Alternative start: Perry Wood car park or Selling village.

Route 12. Blean 1

Distance: 19km. Grade Moderate.

Start: Blean. This route aims to introduce the family rider to longer hills and harder paths, and provides extensive views over the Thames Estuary. For the more adventurous riders this route can be combined with Route 13. Alternative start: Dunkirk, Dargate or Yorkletts.

Route 13. Blean 2

Distance: 28km. Grade Moderate.

This route covers a variety of terrain, with woods, orchards and arable land. Alternative start: Chatham Hatch, Harbledown, Broad Oak, Tyler Hill.

Route 14. Dover

Distance: 44km. Grade Difficult.

This route passes through numerous places of interest and is all the more exciting because of the presence of the sea and cliffs. Although fairly flat, the length of the route means a good level of fitness is required. Alternative start: St Margaret's at Cliffe, Kingsdown, Deal or Sandwich.

Route 15. Minnis

Distance: 25km. Grade Moderate.

Start: Stelling Minnis. This route takes the mountain biker through the quieter valleys of the dip slope of the North Downs. An area of much woodland and forest with few distant views. The start and finish sections are quite hills with a very flat section in the middle. Alternative start: Lyminge or car park at West Wood.

Route 16. Hythe 1

Distance: 24km. Grade Moderate.

A complex, varied and hilly route that commands many views of both the sea and the North Downs. Alternative start: Lyminge or Etchinghall.

Route 17. Hythe 2

Distance: 17km. Grade Moderate.

A short route on contrasting terrain. The gentle landscape of Romney Marsh and the old sea cliffs of The Roughs provide a fascinating ride past many interesting sites. Alternative start: Lympne.

Route 18. Hamstreet

Distance: 11km . Grade Easy.

A short and simple route for the family, reaching out onto the delightful pastures of Romney Marsh.

Route 19. Lydd

Distance: 18km. Grade Easy.

A flat and gentle family route on the grass marshes of Romney Marsh.

Route 20. Oxney

Distance: 26km . Grade Moderate.

Start: Appledore. A mixed route of road and pasture, around the Isle of Oxney. The island commands exceptional views of the Romney Marsh and although inland has sea cliffs of its own. Some of the paths north of Oxney may be difficult to ride when ploughed; so this route is best ridden in high summer. Alternative start: Wittersham.

Route 21. Bedgebury

Distance: 15km. Grade Moderate.

This route follows bridleways in and around the very popular 2300 acre Bedgebury Forest. Note: since this book was published Bedgebury Forest has its own dedicated mountain bike trails, including 12km of singletrack riding, and a newly surfaced family cycle track around the forest.


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