Sun 5 May 2024 Tonbridge, Kent, UK

RIDE Castle | Cool

The Kent countryside serves up a mixture of quiet villages and beautiful scenery as you ride along quiet lanes. Earn your medal conquering the super Cool route!

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  • Sun 5 May 2024
Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge




Age 16 & over

  • 36 miles road cycling


Starting in the shadow of the magnificent Tonbridge Castle, Ride Castle offers something for every level of cyclist, with four routes to choose from, ranging from an epic 124 miles to an accessible 33 mile course. The three longest distances are fully supported, with feed stations, medical assistance, mechanical support and even motorcycle outriders to ensure a premium feel, with every turn of the pedals. 

The highlight of the ride is the view across Kent from Ide Hill, flagrantly showing off the beauty of this county in all its glory, living up to its nickname of The Garden of England. The final few miles of the ride take riders on some lovely quiet lanes and past the spectacular Penshurst Place. 


  • King of the Castle

    Part of Action's popular, annual RIDE Series.

  • The Garden of England

    From the ruins of Tonbridge Castle over rolling terrain with punchy climbs, stunning views and past Penshurst Place.

  • Complete day out

    Enjoy a great day in the saddle with first-class support throughout and the 'pro' feel of motorcycle outriders.

  • All levels of cyclist

    Short, medium and long rides cater to a wide range of abilities. 

  • No fundraising target

    Easy entry online with no sponsorship minimum - simply raise as much as you can.

  • Support Action Medical Research

    Ride to raise awareness and funds to help sick and disabled babies and children.

This event is part of RIDE Castle.

  • All fitness levels
  • Families
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams

Start times

  • 06:00 | Epic Route starts
  • 06:30 | Champion Route starts
  • 07:30 | Classic Route starts
  • 08:30 | Cool Route starts
  • 18:00 | Cut off time for finishers

E-bikes welcome

This is a traditional road sportive; the most suitable bike would be a drop handle road bike, although hybrids and e-bikes are perfectly suitable also.

  • Cafe
  • Changing facilities
  • Paid parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Tonbridge Castle
Castle Street

Tonbridge Castle

There's been a castle on the site since the days of Edward the Conqueror in 1066, and for those on the Epic route, it may well feel like you've been on the road since then too! The crenulated turrets of the castle towers will be a welcome sight for riders after a long day in the saddle.

  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Marshals
  • Out and back
  • Undulating
  • Wave start
  • Way markers

The Kent countryside serves up a mixture of quiet villages and beautiful scenery as you ride along quiet lanes. Expect some tough climbs on this charity bike ride as you pedal up and over the challenging North Downs.


  • Public transport links

  • Chip timing
  • Medal

  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising support

Ride for a reason

All events in the RIDE Series are organised and run by childrenโ€™s charity, Action Medical Research. By taking part in an event, not only will you have a great time with first-class support throughout the day, but youโ€™ll also be helping to raise vital funds to help sick and disabled babies and children.

There is no sponsorship target; you are simply encouraged to raise or donate as much as you can.

  • Age 16 & over
  • Entries open
  • Enter online
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16 and 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Great organisation and thoroughly enjoyed the route. I will definitely enter a future sportive!

Loved this! This was my first official cycling event and it was brilliant! Communications with the team prior to the event were spot on, really helpful. The day itself was brilliant and really well organised and signposted and follow up comms have been good too. I will be back to book another event! Thank you for being so accommodating in my requests to change route too!

I had a great day, I thought it was well organised and your volunteers were all lovely.

Thanks for organising the ride. Had a great time. It stretched me but was really glad to make it round. I've always enjoyed Action Medical Research rides and thought the venue of Tonbridge Castle and the ride round the North Downs was great.

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