This is an easy to medium level bike ride, approx. 10 miles in length, and mostly on the flat. Allow 2.5 hours in total, going at a moderate pace. Start in Gt. Mongeham at the church and head towards Northbourne Road. Turn right at the junction and head to Northbourne following Northbourne Road. Go passed the the 'Hare & Hounds' public house and turn right at the next junction in to Deal Road, heading towards the Eastry Bypass. At the next junction go straight over, and ignore the next turning on the left, ignore the next junction on the right and head towards Updown. At Updown, turn right and take the road towards Ham. At the next junction turn left and head towards 'The Blazing Donkey' restaurant. Just before 'The Blazing Donkey' is a junction on the right, heading towards Ham and Sholden, you will need to take this road. This road will take you passed some pedigree pigs on the left and then over a babbling brook, and up to the Deal > Sandwich road, at Worth. Go straight over at this T-junction and head towards Blue Pigeons after passing the St Crispin Pub and The Blue Pigeons Pub and the duck pond. after following the road round (missing the pot holes) you'll pass over the Delf Stream and just after is a bridleway sign. Take this trackway and follow the streamback to Lydden Gutter and Hacklinge Pumping station. On reaching the pumping station turn right and head back towards Sholden. On reaching the Deal > Sandwich road for the second time, turn left (opposite The Coach & Horses public house) and head towards Deal. The next junction on the right heads towards Finglesham, which you need to take, but, do not go to Finglesham, instead, head towards Betteshanger and then back to Northbourne and on to Mongeham.
The ride itself allows you to get a real feel for this part of Kent, in terms of the buildings, flora & fauna, and general atmosphere. The landscape is truly wonderful, irrespective of the time of year that you visit. In April, when this ride was made, by The Delf Stream, a pair of Lapwing were resident but, only for a few weeks. The sound that you heard on opening this page is the call of the Lapwing, and when heard for the first time for real, it really is odd. To hear again, click on the link below, to visit the RSPB website to find out more, click on the RSPB link. To visit the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust website, click on their link below.