Poppy Ride - Cyclists
  • Cycling

  • Ashford, Kent

  • £30

Introducing Poppy Ride Kent: Follow the historic trail of the Battle of Britain

Secure your place today! We’re offering the first 100 riders who register a reduced entry fee of £25.

Take on Poppy Ride Kent where you’ll follow in the steps of the famous “Few” who took to the skies in the Battle of Britain.

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.", 

Churchill (1940)

This year marks 80 years since the Allies launched the liberation of Europe on D-Day. We’ll traverse beneath the skies that were witness to the incredible sacrifices made by the valiant “Few” in the lead up to this decisive moment in history. 

Beyond a cycling event, Poppy Ride Kent is a testament to remembrance and camaraderie. Join fellow cyclists, honour the past, and create lasting memories while fundraising for the Royal British Legion. 

Our expert team have everything covered so no matter your experience you can focus on the road ahead. From well-marked routes to top-notch support stations, our team ensures your journey is smooth, safe, and memorable. 

Choose the right route for you

Whether you're taking your first spin in the cycling world or you're a seasoned pro, Poppy Ride offers three professionally designed routes - each catering to different skill levels.

Choose the one that suits your pace and experience: 

  • 34km: Gentle Intro Ride

An easier ride through quiet roads in the Kent countryside, an ideal introduction to anyone new to organised road cycling events. You’ll visit Hawkinge Cemetery, and conclude your journey at the Battle of Britain Memorial, serving as a dramatic finish line.

  • 112km: Scenic Adventure

An ideal route for both experienced cyclists and those wanting to push themselves on a journey through history, in parts of the beautiful Kent. Historical points include those in the Gentle Intro route, in addition to stopping at the iconic Jackdaw Inn (from the Battle of Britain film) and the Dunkirk Chain Radar site.

  • 143km: Legion Legend

This is the most challenging Poppy Ride route, which is comparable to the longest day on our iconic  Pedal to Paris event. Choose this route and become a Legion Legend, your cycle will include the following additional sites: Newchurch Airfield, Pilot Officer Clarke Memorial, RAF Lympne and feed station the County Members pub.


What's included

  • Official RBL jersey to wear on the day when you raise £300

  • Timed results

  • Unique finisher’s medal

  • Free on-site parking

  • Fully stocked feed stations

  • Expert medical and mechanical support

  • Event Village with onsite catering

  • Dedicated team for fundraising support

Poppy Ride Kent

Be a part of an exceptional cycling event tailored for riders of all levels.
Secure your spot for Poppy Ride Kent now


  • 07:00 – Event Village opens 

  • 08:00 – First riders set off 

  • 17:00 – Event Village closes 


Ashford Hockey Club, The Fortress, Ball Lane, Kennington, Ashford TN25 4EB


If travelling by public transport, it’s a 15 minute cycle from Ashford International Train station (direct links to London and other parts of Kent (Ramsgate to Eastbourne).

If travelling by car we have free on-site parking.


Poppy Ride Kent is suitable for seasoned event riders or sportive beginners. Contact our team if you want to discuss any additional support we can offer for the event. Email us at [email protected]

Boost your riding skills

Hone your cycling expertise with our experienced ride captains who will be there to support you. Gain valuable insights into peloton riding, road safety, and the camaraderie that cycling brings. 

Whether you come on your own or join as a group, we offer you the best support before, during and after the event.

Poppy Ride Facebook Group

Get to know your fellow Poppy Riders and swap fundraising tips in our dedicated Facebook Group
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Can't make the 2024 date?

You can secure your place on the 2025 Poppy Ride Kent event here. 

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Fancy more of a challenge?

Volunteer with us!

Not cycling with us this year? Why not join us for the day at Poppy Ride Kent and be part of something meaningful. Your time directly impacts the experience of our participants on the day, provides an excellent opportunity to meet new people & supports building new skills. We have various roles available in our event village, and cheer points along the route – join the RBL team today
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