National Cycle Route 1
From Deal to Sandwich Take route 1 north from Deal Pier along Beach Street, then inland to cross marshlands drained by medieval monks, past golfers and sand dunes under huge skies. Look out for all the sea birds and rare plants; stop for a picnic on the beach or in the dunes.
National Cycle Route 2
From Deal to Dover Start in Deal near the spot on the beach where Julius Caesar landed in 55BC and head south. In Walmer, the path passes the Castle and Walmer Green, with the Lifeboat House, cafes and paddling pool – ride slowly and be especially careful of pedestrians along this stretch. At Kingsdown the route again leaves the road to follow a shared path next to the wide peaceful shingle beach, colonized by rare plants and with spectacular seashore views.
The route to Kingsdown follows an off-proad track across open downland with lovely views but it is unlit, so not to be recommended at night.
The Miners’ Way Cycle Trail
A new 30-mile route which explores the beautiful lower slopes of the North Downs between Deal and Shepherdswell, past what remains of old coal mines opened in a twenties rush for “black gold”. Starts at Sholden on one of the first cycle tracks in the country, alongside the A258. Look out for interesting local churches, many birds including skylarks.
The Skylark Trail
The country road to Dover Starting from Victoria Park near Deal Station following an off route avoiding traffic to Walmer Station. From there the route heads out into the country, over the level crossing, past Ringwould (lovely old church and yew trees, and a fine pub). Great views of open countryside, old woods and hedgerows – listen to the skylarks.