The Dirty Habit – Hollingbourne 2019-03-10T19:38:01+00:00

The Dirty Habit – Hollingbourne

In a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and situated directly on a family friendly cycling section of the magnificent Pilgrims way, the Dirty Habit is just about perfect.  What better place to use as a base to get out into the countryside for a bike ride. When you are done, then perhaps reward yourself with a pint or something amazing from the Gin menu.  Kent bike hire and Pilgrim’s Way bike hire is made easy with Countrybike.

Pilgrims way

The site of the pub dates from the 11th century and was owned by monks who brewed their ale there and survived by resting weary pilgrims on their way to Canterbury. King James II also stayed at the Inn whilst on his way to France via Canterbury and Dover. The long Georgian oak bar and oak panelling in the bar area have been restored to perfection by skilled local craftsmen. The Victorian tables and chairs have been retained, restored and re-upholstered to ensure that the English pub traditional interior has not been lost. With oodles of atmosphere, oak beams to the apex and a bread oven in the corner, you will enjoy a special occasion in a special place with family and friends. The exterior terrace area has been beautifully refurbished and now offers a quiet outdoor place to enjoy your food or relax with your drink in comfort. All the food is sourced locally whenever possible and freshly cooked by their award winning chef when ordered.

Specifics for this location

Where the bikes are located

Address: The Pilgrims Way, Upper Street, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1UW

The bikes are currently in storage for the Winter months although you can still hire them by booking in advance. To check availability and hire the bikes during the Winter, then please just email in advance of your planned visit. We are offering free deliver and collection of the bikes to this venue although do ask for a days rental at £20 for one bike or £15 per bike when hiring more than one. Please give us at least 24 hours notice to help facilitate your request.

Cycling level

Type of cycle routes: The Pilgrim’s Way.

Suitability:  Older children & Adults comfortable with cycling on lanes.

Difficulty: Medium/easy routes available with some hills. If you turn right out of the carpark then the route travels several miles off-road. If you turn left and cross the road, the lanes undulate for miles through pretty villages. It is a stunning cycle ride that we have done with our kids (12 and 10) many times.

Tudor Trail route – please download our handy guide that you can also reference whilst out and about – Pilgrims Way – cycling route map

How to rent the bikes

During the Winter, you can hire bikes from this venue by emailing us at to check availability and arrange a booking.  

Are helmets available?

Basic helmets are available at a number of our venues free of charge when renting one or more of our bikes. For details of where to pick them up from, then please read the laminated instructions in the bikes’ basket (including terms and conditions for their use).