Faversham to Whitstable

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CJRB 02 May 21:33  

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Does a route from Faversham (station) to Whitstable on a 3-times a week seem like a realistic option for a commute in order to cut down on train times/journeys?

I'd be glad to hear from anyone who rides in the area. We're thinking of moving towards Whitstable,but will need to get the fast train from Faversham to London fairly frequently, & wonder if the last stretch to Whitstable would be workable on a bike.

Any thoughts?

Many thanks
Charlotte


yasmar49 03 May 19:26  

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I'm not a cyclist, nor a member of this site, but I used to cycle and have lived in Faversham since 1959.

The 'quick' route from Faversham to Whitstable is via the dual-carriageway A299 Thanet Way but with cars and lorries speeding past me at 70 mph or more I wouldn't fancy it as a pleasant or probably safe route. I've hardly ever seen cyclists using it.

The slow route is via Graveney and Seasalter. This is also less hilly. It's a single carriageway, of course, and quite twisty and turny in parts, which from a cyclist's point of view is both an advantage and a disadvantage. Much of it is speed-restricted in one way or another. You're alongside the sea for about a mile - nice in good weather, not so nice when there's a howling gale.

I hope this helps. You can find me at ticfaversham at btconnect.com if necessary.

Arthur


jocelyne kenny 07 May 10:59  

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Hi Charlotte,

I'm wondering the same as I'm about to start a job in Faversham and we're moving to Whitstable in the summer from Canterbury.

All I know is that at the end of the Crab and Winkle way, when you're dropping down into Whitstable there's a right fork with a cycle route marked 'Faversham'. I was thinking of doing a trial one day to see where it goes!

Hope that helps.

Jocelyne.


Nick8646 07 May 16:11  

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The crab and winkle way way is a lovely ride not suitable for a road bike,but not a problem for mountain and hybride bikeswould be ok.
Not sure if its is a good commuting ride in the winter a bit muddy.
but do try it.


robbierunciman 08 May 18:29  

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National cycle route runs between Faversham and Whitstable, done it a couple of times - its OK and is very dooable. http://www.opencyclemap.org/?lat=51.2563&lon=1.0357&zoom=13&layers=00B0FTF

Spokes East Kent ( http://www.spokeseastkent.org.uk/blog/) is active in the district and has lobbied for good provision for cyclists (esp in Canterbury) and a new bridge will take the Crab and Winkle into the heart of Whitstable.

The Culmers to Seasalter bit can be busy but (drivers should be aware its signposted as a national route) and KCC not best at road maintenance - get good lights if you plan to do it in winter so you can see the road. There are other minor routes that could be used to avoid this section if you were worried and go up a hill - if you need a challenge.

I live on Romney Marsh and cycle from Dungeness to Appledore (12 miles each way) every day to get a train to London - once you form the habit and I have been at it since 2008, the 50-55 mins does not seem a burden. I do tend to drive in gales though (over 25 miles per hour) but there is a website for wind that is quite useful - http://www.xcweather.co.uk/GB/observations.

You can get a Highspeed train from Faversham for London, which makes daily cycling more dooable.

Good lights and reflective gear ARE essential, drivers not as cycle aware as London drivers and it can be dreich in the morning. I have three rear reds and three fronts including a powerful Renison 5watt torch.

My Latest Route: Jan 2013 Foxton Locks From Corby

robbierunciman 08 May 18:29  

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Nb I use a folding bike Dahon Speed TR.

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pathfinder2tri 10 Nov 12:33  

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Hi everyone,

Just read the post, I regularly cycle from Faversham to whitstable return, I have had no problems with the route on my bikes both road machines, I have used both on the road route and, just recently with a "spokes" group did the NCR R1 route.

I would still be interested to hear from anyone in the area seeking cycling company on rides.

Paul.

My Latest Route: Oct 2012 Faversham, Chillham, Molash Return