The Cycling & Walking Map covering Deal, Walmer and Sholden is a big map that fits in your pocket. Technically, the map is printed on an A2 (big) sheet that folds down to A6 (small). This allows a lot of detail to be added to the map including places to visit, conservation areas, bus stops, public toilets, green spaces, footpaths and cycle paths, without it all looking too cluttered. A big map that folds so small means the paper needs to be a bit thinner than normal, but an added advantage is that the paper can be written on. This means that people can easily mark on the map the things that are important to them.
The new map introduces the Cycle Quietway Network. This has been developed with local riders and it uses traffic free cycle paths and low traffic roads to connect quickly and easily with the places people want to go. Everyone is within a couple of minutes of the Quietway Network, so it is really accessible. The Cycle Friendly Deal team asked a grandmother and her five-year-old granddaughter to test the Cycle Quietway Network and with their help the Quietway routes were further improved.
With the map comes three new cycle friendly routes, Pier to Parlour, the Skylark Loop and Pier to Pit. They explore our towns by the sea, Deal & Walmer, as well as the glorious English rural landscape inland. These are more than just rides, all the routes pass a myriad of ‘points of interest’ bringing to life our heritage, history and landscape. You can find out more on the Cycle Friendly Deal pages.
The map is free and at the moment, during the pandemic restrictions, it's available from essential shops in the town including the supermarkets and Deal Saturday Market. You can also order a copy by emailing our Visitor Information Centre.