For those who help promote safe and active cycling

In 1996 Sustrans commissioned dedicated local cycle campaigners Catharine ‘Catha’ Keegan and Sheila Webb to survey for National Cycle Route 18 between Ashford and Canterbury. Catha sadly died in 1998. Today half of this 17-mile section offers safe, ‘traffic free’ commuting, school run and leisure path for cyclists and walkers.

The Catha’s Seat Group was established to continue Catha’s work by promoting use of the route and continued improvement to safety. At first the Group raised funds to create a glorious rural resting place known as Catha’s Seat.

Now, we want to invest in your ideas.

Awards of up to £1,000 in equipment and expenses available for groups, schools or individuals that…

Campaign for an increase in traffic free cycle path between Ashford and Canterbury


Promote the cycle route as a safe way to schools and places of work, for people with disabilities, for health and leisure and as a sustainable form of transport

Get inspired – find out about our previous winners…

Wheel Potential CIC:

Put their awards towards vital spare parts to support them to provide bespoke bicycles and
open-air cycling experiences for less able adults around Canterbury.

2nd Wye Scouts:

Organised two cycling treasure hunts on National Cycle Route 18 with funds supporting
cycling themed prizes, refreshments and hi-viz vests.

Wye Active:

Awards funds are supporting some of the initial administration costs for this newly formed community group that aims to improve cycling and walking infrastructure around Wye.

Cycle Community CIC:

An award funded a pressure washer for their ReCycle operation at Goldwyn School where students get involved with refurbishing bikes for affordable sale and use by the School.

Send us your ideas or just register your interest using the form below by the 13th May 2019 and we’ll help you to submit a full bid. The Award(s) will be announced in July 2019.

Idea Machine

...And if you already have an idea, please also let us know in the box below!

(If not, don't worry. Make sure you tick to register your interest and we'll be in touch to help.)

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To keep the Catha’s Seat Awards going we need to raise an annual fund of £1,000. If you
would like to contribute to this and support our objectives to promote safe and healthy
cycling on Route 18 for all, whilst also working towards a 100% traffic free Route 18 between
Ashford and Canterbury, please donate below…


Nick Keegan | +44 (0) 7708 523 994 |

To learn more about the history of Catha’s Seat visit: