Countrywide Great Tour in Kent

Countrywide Great Tour

Countrywide Great Tour - Credit: Archant

The Countrywide Great Tour saw dozens of intrepid riders circumnavigate the British coastline in 64 days.

KENT played its part in a mammoth charity cycle event that went round the entire coastline of Britain this summer.

Riders on the Countrywide Great Tour entered the county on Stage 36 of the event crossing the Thames at Tilbury and landing at Gravesend for the first of three days in the county.

Riding in a group of 30, the cyclists then made their way from Gravesend to Rochester to enjoy some glorious sunshine at the Castle.

On the next day, Stage 37, the riders set off from the Chatham Ski Centre and headed for Faversham before stopping for lunch at Whitstable. From there they went through Herne Bay and Reculver before arriving at the finish at the Turner Contemporary in Margate.

Their last day in Kent, Stage 38, took them from Margate through Broadstairs and past Ramsgate before stopping for a welcome break in Sandwich to prepare for the steep climbs around the White Cliffs of Dover.

After lunch in Dover they followed the coast and road past Hythe and Dymchurch before a final rest and recovery step at Lydd and the final stage to enter Sussex at Camber Sands and Rye.

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The Countrywide Great Tour was billed as the ultimate cycling adventure in Britain, a 64-day circumnavigation of the British coastline. It took in every coastal town, village and city to present some of the most scenic views in the UK. A core group of around 30 riders did the whole trip and were joined daily by corporate, charity and day riders, which some days went up to almost 200 in number.