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

Please note that we do not hire bikes using the ‘Linka Go’ app at this venue. Instead, we can arrange to deliver bikes if hiring them for the day. Please give us at least 2 or more working days notice to try and plan things for you. The more advance warning you give us, the more likely it is we will be able to support your request, especially during the busy summer months!

Where will the bikes be dropped?

Our bike posts are in the carpark for the pub directly outside the beer garden. Address: The Pilgrims Way, Upper Street, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1UW

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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 to order bikes


Please do give us at least 2 or more working days notice to try and plan things for you. The more advance warning you give us, the more likely it is we will be able to support your request especially during the busy summer months!

Step 1:

Fill in the request form on the website or email us ( with the following details:

  • Your name and a contact telephone number
  • Where you would like to have the bikes delivered and picked up from
  • How long you would like to rent the bikes for
  • If you need bike helmets
  • The sizes of bikes that you want to hire – please download the pdf guide if needed for more information – Frame size guide 19

Step 2:

Once we have all the details above we will email you a proforma quote along with our standard terms and conditions.

Step 3:

If you wish to progress with the reservation, then we would require you to confirm in email that you are okay with the details in the quote and that you have agreed to our standard terms. We also then need to take details of a valid credit card to take payment in advance of delivery.

Step 4:

Once we have taken payment, we will email you to confirm it has been taken and that your reservation is confirmed.

We do sometimes need to ask for a delivery and collection charge depending on where you want the bikes and how many you want delivered.

As a rule of thumb we can normally offer free delivery if within 5 miles of Tunbridge Wells and if for four or less bikes. We will normally ask for a delivery fee if further afield or we need to use a trailer to transport multiple bikes.

We are based near Tunbridge Wells and try and offer delivery where we can throughout Kent & East Sussex. The further away from Tunbridge Wells, then the more notice the better and the longer or larger the order, the more likely we will be able to facilitate things for you. Please note delivery charges will apply based on how far away you are. 

If you want some more guidance on what frame size is suitable for you then please just download our pdf frame size guide – Frame size guide

Note: the number and sizes of each of the bikes normally stationed at each venue are shown on the venue webpage – click here for a list of our partner venues an links to their pages

We rent bikes out for the day for £20 each. For longer term rentals we charge an extra £10 per bike per day up to £45 for a weeks hire.

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Enquiry form

To enquire about ordering bikes, please just fill out the form below: