We will hold our annual Dulwich Paragon Canterbury Pilgrimage this Sunday 14 August, starting at Café Nero on Lordship Lane at 9am.
The flattish route is 115km and follows close to the river and the north Kent coast. We’ll stop for a quick coffee outside Rochester Castle and Cathedral (passage of the 2007 Tour de France stage 2) after 50km, and then stop for a hop based energy drink (beer) and chips in the Freewheel cycling pub (http://www.thefreewheel.pub) in Graveney after 90km. Our route this year will go through Whitstable and turn south for four km of strada bianche before descending into Canterbury, through the ancient Westgate Towers to Canterbury Cathedral.
True to DP pilgrimage custom, we’ll finish the ride with several hop based recovery drinks (more beer of the local Shepherd Neame type – the oldest brewery in the country) in the White Hart (http://www.whitehartcanterbury.co.uk).
Trains are operating for your return to the sanctity of London via Canterbury East to Victoria (1hr 45mins) and Canterbury West to Stratford / St Pancras (56mins). If the days gets too much, there are regular trains back to London from all of the towns we pass through.
The DP Canterbury Pilgrimage route is available in an ancient tome, enclosed in the arms of Thomas à Becket and buried in the deepest, most kept secret vaults of Canterbury Cathedral, beneath the floor of the eastern crypt – oops, doh! However, a copy is available to download at ridewithgps.com/routes/15702680
The ride is open to all (all faiths and non-faith, alien entities, velominati and les cycliste ‘OCD’ passionate) and will be intermediately paced at around 20kph average.
The weather looks like it will be perfect for cycling, sightseeing, coffee, cycling, ‘hop based energy drinks, chips, cycling and hop based recovery drinks!
I will be at Café Nero from 8.15am…ish, for a coffee – in a china mug, after Hugh’s War on Waste programme succeeded in totally shaming my disposable coffee habit!
Looking forward to riding with some (hopefully not all) of you on Sunday.