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Cycling UK yesterday announced plans to launch a new long-distance cycle route in Kent, which it says will be ready for public use from Kent Day on May 26.

Named Cantii Way, after the Iron Age Celtic tribe who lived in Britain before the Roman conquest, the route comprises a 145-mile loop beginning and ending in the village of Wye, near Asford in Kent.

According to Cycling UK, it’s designed to be run over three to four days in one go, but can be split over multiple weekends thanks to the number of stations along the route.

Using a combination of quiet lanes, country lanes, side roads and bridleways, the route passes through Canterbury, Whitstable and Dover and is designed for cyclists of all abilities. For the foodies among you, it also promises to be “equal parts culinary and cycling”.

Campaigner for the charity behind the route, Sophie Gordon, said: “Kent is rich in history, rich in culture and rich in cuisine, making it an ideal destination for the cyclist. At Cycling UK we believe that with the Cantii Way we have struck the right balance between each of these elements.

“Routes like the Cantii Way are not only great fun to ride, but also bring real benefit to the local rural economy.

“Cyclists traversing Kent’s network of quiet paths and lanes will literally get their supplies from the local shops, pubs and tea rooms they pass – and many of them will be off the beaten track.”

To help prepare for the expected increase in cycling over the summer, Cycling UK is also providing accommodation and hospitality businesses with advice and free equipment sets worth up to £400 £, as part of its Cycle Friendly Places initiative.

The new route in Kent is part of the charity’s wider aim to see the creation of a national network of long-distance off-road routes, traversing ‘incredible places and wild landscapes’ across the Britain.

The Cantii Way is the fifth long-distance cycling loop launched by Cycling UK since unveiling its runners’ route for the North Downs Way in 2018. A sixth route is due to be unveiled in late summer in Norfolk.

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