Great Kent

Sunday 28 Jun 2015North Park, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PLLong Route:60 miles Medium Route: 35 miles

This ride has now passed.

Congratulations to all who took part in the Great Kent bike ride on Sunday.

Come and explore a varied landscape of ancient towns, gentle hills and unspoilt shingle beaches - and raise money for the East Kent Hospitals Charity. With two great routes to choose between, there's something for everyone!

Choose one of two circular, on road, routes of approx 35 or 60 miles, starting in Ashford and taking you over gentle wooded hills through unspoilt countryside to where the Garden of England meets the Sea! Heading back in time across Romney Marsh, the routes split at Newchurch. The shorter route then follows quiet country lanes through pretty villages, while the longer route heads on to meet the coast at St. Mary’s Bay and through the open landscape of the Denge and Walland marshes to the ancient ‘smuggler’s capital’ of Rye, before bringing you back across the Isle of Oxney through Tenterden to meet the short route and finish at North Park in the heart of Ashford.


"Back home after a fantastic day's ride with @BikeEventsTeam. Sun, sea (and sadly wind) but couldn't have asked for a better day! #goodtimes" F. B.
"Chilling after the Great Kent Bike ride! Big thanks to @BikeEventsTeam for a very well organised events. Defo on the calendar for next year!" H. W.

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Ride Details


North Park, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL


North Park, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL


Long Route:60 miles Medium Route: 35 miles

Challenge rating

Long Route Short Route ELEVATION INFO (TOTAL CLIMB): 60 mile route. 1140ft. / 35 mile route 725ft.

Start times

8:00am to 10:00am


Entry Pack 35 or 60 miles (£19.50)
Team Entry (Enter total no. required. Price per person) (£19.00)
Junior Entry 14-16yrs (£8.50)
Club Member Entry (£18.50)

Local info

ROUTE INFO: Both 35 and 60 mile routes are mostly flat with only 2 small hills (1 of which is steep) on the return section of the long route between Rye and Tenterden. Road/hybrid/mountain bike suitable. Road / hybrid (city-bikes) recommended on long route.

Other info

Minimum age - long route 16 yrs
Mimimum age - medium route 14 yrs
Cyclists under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18.

All riders are required to wear a helmet. A selection of helmets will be available for purchase on the day

** We recommend that all riders have both bike and personal liability insurances as we cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of your bike or personal items or personal liability.**

GPX routes are available after online booking.

For answers to common queries about our rides, please see our ONLINE FAQs

Ride Gradings

Suitable for anyone who enjoys a reasonably active life. The pace is gentle and the terrain flat to undulating. Distances no more than 30 miles (50km).

Suitable for those with slightly more cycling experience. the terrain can be a little hillier than grade 1.5 and distances up to 45 miles (70km).

For the regular and reasonably fit cyclist. The terrain may include some challenging hills and distances up to 75 miles (110km).

These routes require a good level of fitness and stamina and feature challenging inclines and/or a longer time in the saddle. Distances can be up to 100 miles (160km).

Getting here by car

From South Coast A27 > A259 > A2070
All other directions > M20 J10, follow signs to International Station, then pick up Bike Events signs to the Start.
Parking available all day - free permit required from Bike Events, to be displayed in vehicle, otherwise normal charges apply. Permit sent with entry pack and is available on the day.

Getting here by train

Nearest station is Ashford International. Please check with operator regarding carriage of bikes.
National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484 950

Sorry, no photographer on this ride

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with five hospitals serving a local population of around 759,000 people. Our motto is 'putting patients first' and we have an international reputation for delivering high quality specialist care - particularly in cancer, kidney disease, stroke and vascular services.
By raising funds for the East Kent Health Charity, you’ll be helping us with a variety of projects, including the purchase of new digital breast screening machines - which allow early and small cancers to be detected and so treatment started sooner, leading to increased recovery rates - and the purchase of a Neonatel Intensive Care Cot to help save the lives of dangerously premature babies.
Charity 1076555

Your entry fee only covers the costs of running the ride so please ask family and friends to sponsor you generously to make a real difference. THANK YOU