Mountain biking in the South East of England is replete with good riding places. There are trails galore for all types of riders. A list of some of the off-road routes include Challock & the Pilgrim’s way, Chilham, Dover, Wye, Blean, and more. There are some cycle routes as well that include the Viking Coastal Trail, the Crab & Winkle Way, and Cycle Kent, North Downs, and Ride in Calais.
Let’s take a look at some of the perks, quirks, basics, and features of the Challock route. It starts at King’s woods park. There is a mixture of off-road fun and quiet settings for escaping the busyness of modern life into a serene experience of riding with nature. There are no true major difficulties on the trail. The pilgrim’s way portion of the trail can be quite slippery if it gets wet so make sure you don’t fall. There are rocky, downhill sections and some tough bridleways, but nothing too serious. It is a 30 km distance that takes 2.5 to 3 hours, and it is easy to moderate.
Chilham is another great route that goes along the North downs that offers stunning views amidst all the valleys, Wye itself, and the environs of the countryside. The car park is the first stop on the route at the fire station near Chilham. It ends 31 km later and takes 2.5 to 4 hours, and it is hard to very hard depending on whether it is wet or muddy.
The Dover route is 43 km, 3 to 4.5 hours, and medium to difficult. It can be apparently very difficult, also because of the distance. Not everyone can do it. You should only attempt it if you’re an experienced rider and have plenty of daylight time to accomplish the route. The facets of enjoying such a ride include tenacity, perseverance, and strength. However, if you complete it, you can say that you completed the Dover trail.
The Wye trail is another trail that people assume is easy because it has less km than other trails. People shouldn’t assume that though because it is even harder than other trails. There is very little time to rest on flat sections. The distance is 13 km, the time is 1 to 1.5 hours, and the rating is medium. You can park by the church or college to get started, and you can follow the North Downs Way (NDW) on up.
Another fun trail is Blean which has a distance of 23 km, a time of 2 to 3 hours, and an easy rating. The degree of difficulty on the Blean trail is akin to getting on your bike and pressing the pedal forward. Some people wouldn’t go that far, but the fact remains that it is one of the easiest and most enjoyable trails in South East.
One more trail to consider for your ride includes Surrey Hill, which has a good reputation as one of the most beautiful trails in the area.