Route: Crab and Winkle Way (United Kingdom)

Submitted by WhitstableDave on Tue, 07/06/2021 - 03:45am
United Kingdom
10.6 km
Vertical Gain
119 m

The Crab & Winkle Way takes its name from the railway line that once ran between the city of Canterbury and Whitstable, a seaside town. The Crab & Winkle Line, which the path follows closely, is claimed to be the world's first passenger railway and some features, such as a winding pond and the world's first railway tunnel, can be seen from the path.

The Crab & Winkle Way begins at Canterbury West Station and ends at Whitstable Station and National Cycle Route 1 follows it for almost the entire length, with Cycle Route 15 taking over for the final half-mile. This means that the C&WW is extremely well signposted and easy to follow.

Leaving Canterbury, the route passes through the beautifully landscaped grounds of the University of Kent, before crossing farmland, orchards and ancient woodland. For the final mile, the route follows the original track through a tunnel of trees.

Links to relevant websites: (my write-up!)

GPS Track