The Way to the Sea


209km cycling event starting from Cutty Sark Gardens, London. Controls at Isle Of Grain, Minster On Sea, West Kingsdown and Greenwich., plus 3 information controls.

This is a great 200 for anyone stepping up to the distance or as a taper ride for LEL. There'll be plenty of daylight in July, there's only one hilly section and you get a food stop at Grain & Minster.

The ride has a historical theme, starting next to the Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich, following the Thames estuary out to the Isle of Grain, passing by the Chatham Dockyards, onto the Isle of Sheppey before returning to finish in the Old Royal Naval college in Greenwich.

The first 135 km are relatively flat after which there's a hilly 55 km section over the North Downs on the return to London.

The route leaves Greenwich via Shooter's Hill and Bexley and the first control is in Nurstead. The ride then descends to the Hoo Peninsula, which is depicted in Dicken's 'Great Expectations' as an area of wetlands and salt marsh. The second control is at the beach car park on the Isle of Grain. The ride returns across Hoo Peninsula and then heads through Rochester. There are extensive views across the River Medway as the ride heads to the Kingsferry Bridge and across the Isle of Sheppey to an Audax Club Hackney control at the beach in Minster.

After returning back to the mainland the ride then crosses the North Downs to the final control in West Kingsdown (Co-op). There are a number of sharp hills in this section, the main one being Birling Hill after Snodland.

From West Kingsdown the ride descents to Eynsford and a final info control. The finish will be at The Old Brewery in the World Heritage grounds of the Greenwich naval college.

Finalised routesheet and gpx will be published closer to the time.

Event Date and Location

200 km (209 km) in 13h30
08:00 to finish by 21:30
Starting from:
Cutty Sark Gardens, London
£8.00 (£8.00 when paying with PayPal)
Closing Date:
Mon 27 Jun 2022
Entries close at:
140 riders

PARENTAL CONSENT is required for entrants under 18 years of age. We are currently unable to accept online entries for non-member riders under the age of 18. If you are under 18, please complete a postal entry. Parents should note the information on the entry form and be aware that this is an individual ride without leaders.

Event Information

15-30 km/h
Audax Club Hackney
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Organiser Information

Adam Young

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Food and/or drink may be available en route
Food and/or drink may be available en route
GPS files available from organiser
GPS files available from organiser
Parking at start
Parking at start
Free or reasonably priced refreshments at start &/or finish
Free or reasonably priced refreshments at start &/or finish
Toilets at Start
Toilets at Start

Start Location

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Route Map

The Way to the Sea

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