I’ve got a bike but I’m not sure I’m a real cyclist? I don’t own much lycra I’m afraid. I’ve got some flashy spex but don’t tend to wear them when on a bike. And I don’t much enjoy it when mud spatters up my backside.
Bradley Wiggins and I are not related in any way.
So I’m pretty over the moon that there’s going to be ‘an easier cycle route to Canterbury’. Easier than the take-your-life-in-your-hands, here-comes-a-lorry route along the A28. And easier too than the scenic, one-more-hill, bloody-hell-Denge-Woods-goes-on-forever, National Cycle Route 18.
The new more pleasant alternative is an offroad route carved from Eggarton Lane through East Stour Farm to the top of Mystole Lane in Chilham. Cyclists will from there be able to cycle on quiet roads to the existing offroad cycle route which links Chartham and Canterbury.
Even better news is that work on the new route is well underway. A test surface has already been laid at the Mystole Lane end of the route (see picture), and surfacing on the new bridleway connected to Eggarton Lane is due to start this week (funded by Natural England’s “Paths for Communities” scheme, topped up by Kent County Council and local landowners).
All being well, it’s due to open before the end of May.
If only recycling was similarly straightforward.