Old Wives Lees to Faversham
Matt Carroll, author of Escape Routes, picks his favourite rides…
ive minutes after leaving the luxurious Pond Cottage you find yourself cycling through an enchanting wood, like something straight out of a Lewis Carroll story.
Bluebells carpet the floor, blackbirds scratch about in the leaf-litter and squirrels leap across the road in front of you. With all this magical scenery around, you might think it couldn’t get much better – but trust me, it does. There’s a pub!
Aside from serving delicious local ales and lip smacking vino, the Rose & Crown ; 01227 752214) is surrounded by woodland walks, so if you fancy a quick stroll get the owners Vanessa and Tim to recommend a route.
Once back in the saddle, you cruise past yellow rape flower fields that lead through Sheldwich and on to Painters Forstall – where you could call in for a quick tour of the cider orchard at Pawley Farm .
From here it’s on to Faversham – a foodie’s dream come true where the medieval marketplace is lined with teashops, restaurants and olde worlde pubs – before cruising the last few miles back to Pond Cottage. Time for a soak in the hot tub, surely?
16.5 miles approx.
Stop and see
At Pawley Farm (01795 532043) the Macey family have been making traditional cider for decades. Stop for a tour or a tasting – or simply admire the apple blossom.
Eat, drink, sleep
The Purple Peach (01795 537927). This colourful corner café in Faversham serves cream teas, homemade pies, yummy sandwiches and more.
Rent a bicycle
Downland Cycles (01227 479643).
This route and over 50 others feature in a book entitled Matt Carroll’s Escape Routes , a hand-picked selection of stunning cycle rides around England. Published by Punk, priced £16.95.
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