Voluntary and community events and activities are an important aspect of everyday life in Whitstable for both residents and visitors alike.

The town has a wide range of community as well as charity organisations and associations providing not only great events and activities but are also working tirelessly to support local people, the town and its unique heritage.

The Crab and Winkle Line Trust

Work 69 Honey Hill Blean Kent Whitstable CT5 3BP Work Phone: (Secretary): 01227 831546 Work Phone: (Treasurer): 01227 472427 Website:


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The Crab and Winkle Line Trust was set up on the 3rd May 1997, when a few friends met at the pond (mid point) with a view to bring the old line back into public use for walkers, cyclists and the disabled. In 1999, we became a nationally-registered charity (Registered Charity no. 1077110).

Our vision is of a path along the old railway line taking local people and visitors along 6 traffic-free miles through unspoilt countryside and woodland from Canterbury to Whitstable. We hope that they’ll learn something of the old railway line along the way. The Trust now has two official addresses – one in Canterbury and one in Whitstable.

Objectives of the Trust

“To promote and assist, for the public benefit, the construction and maintenance of a public access route between Canterbury and Whitstable, including a pedestrian path and safe cycle route, along the historic railway route known as the Crab and Winkle Line, which will provide recreation facilities, promote environmental protection and reduce traffic congestion.”

“To advance the education of the public in the history of the old Canterbury to Whitstable railway, known as the Crab and Winkle Line.”

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