Cycling

We’re the most important cycling centre in East Kent, offering opportunities for first timers and gentle family rides through to elite cyclists. 

Occasionally parts of the Park are booked for exclusive use. Please check our closure information before your visit.


 

Cycle hire

Cycle hire is available daily. We have a 100+ strong fleet of the latest bicycles including a wide range of child carrying attachments and disability bicycles from trikes to wheelchair tandems.
 
Our bikes are regularly checked by our CYTECH certified mechanics.
 

Key information


Opening:

9.30am daily

Closing:

4.30pm for 1 hour

Deposit:

£50 cash or car keys of the person in charge

Cycle helmets must be worn by all cyclists, at all times in the Park. Helmets can be hired for £2.00.  

2017 hire charges


Mountain bike:

£6.00 first hour
£4.00 per hour after

Tricycle:

£6.00 first hour
£4.00 per hour after

Balance bike:

£4.00 first hour
£3.00 per hour after

Attachments

Child Seat

£2.00 per hour

Trailer

£4.00 per hour

Tag-along

£4.00 per hour

Cycle tracks

Our smooth 3km tarmac track, with fast lane, provides safe, traffic-free cycling. It's ideal for races, coaching sessions and training rides plus general cycling and those looking for a safe place for children to ride.

Our 10km of rugged mountain bike trails run throughout the Park. Designed with varying difficulty and for different abilities, they are perfect for both beginners and those with off-road experience. Tackle the unique jagged and unpredictable terrain of Betteshanger colliery's old spoil heap.

From time to time our tracks are hired for exclusive use, please check for track closures before your visit.


 

Cycle Coaching

Our fully qualified coaches run a range of sessions for all ages and abilities to improve confidence on a bike.

Child 'Learn to Ride'

Aimed at ages 5-12, these fortnightly sessions are perfect for those who have never ridden a bike before, those who are ready to move on from stabilisers or those looking to build confidence. 
£12.50 for 1-hour session or £30 for 3


Adult 'Learn to Ride'

Have you had a bad incident cycling? Or maybe you haven't ridden in a long time? Our one-to-one sessions will develop skills and go over techniques such as balancing, pedalling, basic cornering, braking and overall confidence on a bike. 
£30 for a 1-hour lesson.
 
 
 
 

Bike servicing

Need a puncture fixing? Gears not changing correctly? Brakes feel weak? Or perhaps you need a safety check before a ride?

Book your bike in for a service today with our Cyctec certified mechanics. Our on-site team will provide a quote within 24-hours and complete the repair within 72 hours (subject to part availability).
 
 

Cycle Coaching

Betteshanger Bikers

Join Betteshanger Bikers, our cycle club for young mountain bikers. Get expert coaching, learn awesome skills and take part in fun and exciting games from our qualified coaches, all within our exhilarating, traffic-free 250-acre Park. 
The club meets Sundays from 10-11.30am and is for ages 8–14. £7 per session (£5 for members).

Cycle Fit

Our weekly 'Cycle Fit' sessions are aimed at building confidence on a bike and learning new techniques. Sessions are open to all abilities and provide the opportunity to ride with friends, improve ability and develop cycle fitness in a relaxed and informal setting. 
Cycle Fit meets every Friday from 10-11.30am. £8 per session (£6 for members) or £30 for 4 sessions (£22 for members).

Associated clubs

We play host to a number of Clubs that use the Park on a regular basis for training and events. We recommend you contact the clubs directly for more information on getting involved in their activities.

Need some inspiration to take to two wheels?

Watch Thanet RC's wonderful film celebrating 70 years of the Club. Hear fascinating and moving stories from Club members and spot the spectacular aerial shots of Betteshanger.
 

Produced and Directed by David Robert. Made by Xube Ltd. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund