Popular cycling and walking route to be extended

The Crab and Winkle Way connects Canterbury and Whitstable

The popular Crab and Winkle Way cycling and walking route which runs between Canterbury and Whitstable is to get an extension.

It involves lengthening the route along the old railway embankment to the north of Invicta way in Whitstable.

The work also includes some landscaping, screening and lighting.

Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, chairman of the city council’s property and regeneration committee, said: “We’re pleased this project is nearing its start date and that we can now provide residents with the final details of what will be happening.

“It’s an important scheme that will encourage people to use their cars less and make it easier to get out on their bikes in their leisure time.”

Sitting on the former Crab and Winkle train line which used to connect Canterbury and Whitstable, the Crab and Winkle Way is seven miles long and passes through Blean Woods.

The project already has planning permission and construction will start on the first phase, on the embankment from Invicta Way to Old Bridge Road, later this year using £150,000 of developer money.

It is part of a wider scheme to provide an attractive, traffic-free route for walking and cycling between Invicta Way and the harbour, which is listed in the council’s Transport Strategy.

The Crab and Winkle Trust, which maintains the route, also has plans for two bridges needed to complete the route to Whitstable Harbour. These are over Old Bridge Road and the railway, and over Teynham Road.

Although planning permission was granted for these in 2011, this has now lapsed and the trust has commissioned designs for much slimmer bridges to better complement their setting.


  1. Can’t wait to use it once it is completed. Just hope I’m still able to walk or cycle it when that time comes. Should have happened ten years ago. I still cannot see any negatives to this project.


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