The Chairman of CLA Kent Branch Nick Sandford joined the High Sheriff of Kent, Hugo Fenwick, to cycle from Dartford to Dungeness to draw attention to the county’s attractions and the health benefits of cycling. They were also joined by Brigadier Chris Claydon, Deputy Constable of Dover Castle.
Hugo Fenwick says: “It was traditional for High Sheriffs in the Middle Ages to ride the borders of their counties on horseback. I suppose this is the modern day equivalent! My fellow riders and I saddled up to promote the benefits of cycling and to highlight Kent’s wonderful countryside, coastline, heritage and rural/tourism businesses.”
The team followed Route 1 of the National Cycling Network, which skirts the Kent coast and, in many parts, is traffic-free, as well as the Viking Trail around the Thanet coastline.
They started on Friday 17 October in Central Park, Dartford, and arrived at Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat Station by early Sunday afternoon, accompanied by an escort of local cadets on bikes.
Friday saw them cycling from Dartford to Sittingbourne, Saturday from Sittingbourne to Dover and Sunday from Dover to Dungeness.
The cycling team stopped off at key sites along the way to show their support for tourism and related businesses and to greet local civic dignitaries.