The Dirty Habit – Hollingbourne

Due to the Corona Virus we have currently withdrawn all of our bikes from our partner venues that could be hired by the hour through the Linka Go mobile phone app.

That said, we are keeping our bike delivery and collection service running for the time being. This is as we can ensure that the bikes we deliver have been thoroughly sanitised before and after being used.

It is so important for health and wellbeing that we all take time to exercise either individually or as a family unit. Many of the local trails such as the Cuckoo Trail, The Forest Way and Tudor Trail might offer the perfect respite and the ability to get out for some fresh air….as long as we all strictly observe social distancing rules.

Our day hire rates need to remain the same although we are removing delivery charges on day hires (within a 10 mile radius of Tunbridge Wells) and we are currently offering a 50%+ discount if hiring one or more bikes for 7 days or longer (£35 a week). That way, if you want a bike for general exercise over this period and don’t have one, you can hire one through us at vastly reduced rates. We will offer even further discounts for long-term hires if you work for the NHS and will give you 50% off our single day hire rate too. Just get in touch.

Please be aware we will need to avoid personal contact on delivery and collection and we will need advance notice (please give us at least 48 hours) to plan things in but get in touch if interested and we will see how we can help. The best way to contact us is through the form on our website page:

https://www.countrybike.co.uk/homepage/deliver

Please do stay active but stay safe.

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

Bikes at the Dirty Habit image

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.

Pilgrim’s Way route – please download our handy guide that you can also reference whilst out and about – Pilgrim’s Way – cycling route map

How much the bikes cost

To rent a bike using the Mobile app costs £5 for the first hour of rental and then £2.50 per 30 mins afterwards.

If you are planning to go out for longer than 4 hours, then please just get in touch as we can arrange discounted day rates if you contact us in advance.

Please note that at the start of your rental the App will look to pr-authorise a standard £30 charge to your credit card. When you end your rental this fee is automatically replaced with the correct amount based on the time you have hired the bike for in the end.

How to rent the bikes

Just click on either of the links depending if you use an iPhone or Android device to take you to the relevant App to download:

(You just need to do this once and it will take about 5 minutes)

  • Download the Mobile app ‘Linka Go’ from either Google Play or the App Store
  • We recommend this is done at home or on wifi before visiting the venue to hire the bikes if possible
  • Register an account using your email address. Note you will need to validate the email address as part of the process (please also note that the system does not work with Outlook email addresses)
  • Carefully read the terms and conditions
  • Add valid credit card details to the app

  • Check over the bike or bikes you plan to take out 
  • If you spot any problems with any of the bikes then don’t hire them and email us at hello@countrybike.co.uk to let us know
  • Make sure you choose a bike that has the right size frame for you (sizes are shown on the bike)

(takes about 30 seconds)

  • Make sure you have a good signal to your phone or else join local wifi if available
  • Make sure none of the spokes of the front wheel are touching the shackle of the lock
  • Press the button on the right hand side of the lock to wake it up
  • Open up the Linka Go app on your phone
  • Click on the ‘Select bike’ button
  • Scan the QR code or enter the 4 digit number of the bike found in the basket 
  • The lock on the bike should now open
  • To add an additional bike to your rental then simply click on the ‘+’ button next to your current bike number in the centre of the App screen and repeat the scanning a QR code or entering a bike number process
  • Please make sure to recheck the bike before heading off. If you spot any problems then please return the bike to the bike post, re-lock it and then email us to let us know. We will make sure you are refunded for any charges the app assumes to make for your rental of that bike
  • You are all set – your countryside awaits…

  • Return the bikes back to the original venue / bike stands that you hired them from 
  • Ensure your phone is switched on, mobile data and bluetooth are both enabled and that you have a mobile signal
  • If you do not have a mobile data signal then please use local wifi if possible as internet connection is needed to end your rental
  • If you are unable to connect to the internet then please use the ‘Pause Rental’ function on the Mobile app to re-lock the bike and email us at hello@countrybike.co.uk to let us know. We can end your rental remotely and ensure you are only charged the correct amount

  • Hook the lock at the front of the bike over the U-bolt which is attached to the bike post
  • Turn the wheel slightly if needed to ensure that the shackle of the lock will not hit a spoke when it closes 

  • Open up the Mobile app and click the ‘End Rental’ button. This will close the lock of the bike the app is currently talking to (shown by the bike number in the bottom centre of the screen)
  • Ensure the shackle of the lock closes fully and is not caught by a spoke
  • If you have hired more than one bike, then repeat the process until all the bikes are re-locked
  • Once all bikes have been returned then the app will give you a summary of the distance you travelled, the calories you should have burned and the overall fee for the rental
  • We hope you had a good time. Please do let us know how it went. You can leave reviews on Facebook or Instagram @wearecountrybike or on Google maps where you see the Countrybike tag. Likewise, please email us at hello@countrybike.co.uk. We are a family owned business and keen to do everything we can to offer a great service and keep improving as we go

The number of bikes stationed at this location

Each venue has a different number of bikes stationed at it. The number of bikes and the different size frames available at this location are shown below.

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Adult large

Carerra Alloy framed 21 gear hybrid bike

Suitable for people with an inside leg measurement of around 32″ (indicative average height 5’11”-6’2″)

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Adult medium

Carerra Alloy framed 21 gear hybrid bike

Suitable for people with an inside leg measurement of around 30″ (indicative average height 5’7″-5’11”)

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Adult small (also suits older kids)

Carerra Alloy framed 21 gear hybrid bike

Suitable for people with an inside leg measurement of around 28″ (indicative average height 5’3″-5’7″)

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 instructions at the location (including terms and conditions for their use).

Helmets