Come join us for some of the greatest cycle touring you can imagine in England! As Shakespeare put it, “this sceptred isle,…, this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England“ was part of the Roman Empire, and the original Roman roads have been essentially preserved and are now called “C” Roads (to delineate them from “B”, “A”, or “Metroways”). These single lane, 15 mph roads cover the country like a spiderweb, and are only used by locals living on them, so they are perfect for cycling. In addition, as populations have increased, the “Sustrans” national bikeways system has been established to link the best of these roads with dedicated bikeways.
The other thing that makes this a great country for cycle-touring in particular is the high density of quaint villages with pubs with delicious (yes!) food and beer, tea houses with “creamy scones”, medieval stone churches and homes, thatch roofs, and friendly coffeehouses and lunch-spots full of people who speak the same language. You are never more than 5 miles from a wonderful rest stop. In addition, every day there’s at least one and usually more historic sites, castles, cathedrals, country manors, or gardens to enjoy. In short, what you get in England is great variety – of landscapes, flora and fauna, sites, scents, history, music, and food.
Weather in Kent & Sussex – Well, in order for a place to be called a “Garden,” there has to be some rain. But it’s not as bad as you may have heard. In fact, I did 5 weeks of tours over a number of years without a single day of rain! But you definitely should bring some rain gear that you will be able to take in the pannier bag on the bikes each day.