A better Medway

Get into cycling

Cycling in a group is a great way to get into cycling. Groups are free, run all year on flat routes, and most of all are fun.

Benefits of cycling groups

There are lots of benefits to cycling in a group, including:

  • led by a ride-leader
  • supportive groups
  • groups run all year round

Take part in a cycling group

Our cycling groups are perfect for:

  • beginners or returning cyclists
  • anyone aged 18 or over
  • men and women
  • people that want to cycle more

For more information on the cycling groups or lessons call us on 01634 333 720 or email: cycling@medway.gov.uk

Upcoming rides

Riverside Country Park, Gillingham, ME7 2XH Every Thursday 60 minutes 10:15
Gillingham, Meet opposite The Star restaurant, Watling Street ME7 2AA First and third Sunday of the month (15 April to 19 August) 75 minutes 9:45
Hoo Swimming Pool Car Park, Main Road, Hoo ME3 9EY   Second and fourth Sunday of the month  60 minutes 9:45
Meeting point Day Duration Meeting time

Cycle lessons

We also run cycle lessons for adults at Strood Sports Centre.

For more information and session dates please email cycling@medway.gov.uk

Benefits of cycling

“The numbers of people choosing to cycle for fun, fitness or to get to work has increased by more than a quarter in twenty years and an incredible 3.2 billion miles are cycled on our roads every year.”  – Department for Transport THINK! website

Many people cycle because of the multiple benefits it can provide.

Cycling can:

  • provide a broad muscle workout, using all major muscle groups in the body – it builds strength, stamina and aerobic fitness
  • cause less strain and injuries than other forms of exercise, because it is a 'low-impact' activity
  • be as intense as you want. For more information regarding how much to exercise, visit the NHS exercise advice page 
  • provide outdoor fun – you are more likely to continue with exercise if it is fun and interesting
  • replace time spent driving, and help reduce pollution and your personal carbon footprint

If you're just getting started, check out the NHS Live Well guide ‘Cycling for beginners‘. 

Medway cycle clubs

If you are interested in joining a cycle club, we have a list of sports clubs under the Clubmark standard. 

Cycle Training in Schools

Bikeability is our cycle training programme which can help you develop practical skills and understanding to keep you safe when cycling on the road. It also gives you the confidence to get out and about with all kinds of cycling.

For further information please visit the Bikeability page.

Cycle Routes

View – cycle maps in Medway

The Heron Trail is an 18 mile (29km) trail connecting the villages of Higham, Cliffe, Cooling, High Halstow, Hoo and Upnor.

Highlights include view of both the River Medway and the River Thames and detour routes including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds with sightings of herons.

More information on the Explore Kent website.

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