National Cycle Network Route 1

This fantastic, well-signed route takes in the three famous castles of Dover, Walmer and Deal and the Roman Fort at Richborough.

The route from Dover has a long, steep climb up to the famous cliff top overlooking the English Channel after which it is downhill to Deal almost all the way. You can avoid this climb by taking the train to Martin Mill and cutting two miles across land to join Route 1 at St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe and then join the route downhill!

The route from Deal to Sandwich is mostly traffic-free and runs inland past three world-famous golf courses, Sandwich Bird Observatory then into the centre of Sandwich, considered one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in Britain.

The route heading towards the Shetland Islands heads westwards towards Greenwich, London. Alternatively you could do the route in reverse along the southern English coast, joining National Cycle Network Route 2 at Dover and going on to Hastings.


Shopping in Villages

England Coast Path Walking Route

Shopping in Dover

Chalk and Channel Way

Sandwich Leisure Centre

Felderland Pick Your Own Farm

Mike's Bikes Deal

Dover Sea Sports Centre

Western Heights walks

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour

Frontline Britain Trail

Cottington Lakes

North Downs Way

Get Lost Escape Rooms

Owl House Riding Centre

Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

Dover Sea Safari

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club


Jewellery making at Rees and Rees

Cornilo Riding

Samphire Hoe

De Bradelei Wharf Shopping Outlet, Dover

Channel Gliding Club

Saxon Shore Way

Royal Geographical Society Walks

Cycle Friendly Deal

Walmer Paddling Pool

Betteshanger Park, Deal

South Foreland Walk

Dover Marina

Primal Roots Wellbeing Retreats

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

CHALKUP21 Art & Architecture Trail

Chequers Kitchen

Tides Leisure Centre

Dover's Bluebird Market

Tours of the Realm


Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail

England Plus Tours

Lydden Hill Race Circuit

Martin Gorse Wood Clay Pigeon Club

Royal St George’s Golf Club

Sandwich Town Tours

Deal Wednesday Market

Sea Swimming

Dover District Leisure Centre

Coker Fishing Trips

Shopping in Sandwich

St James Retail and Leisure Park

The Wild Kitchen

National Cycle Network Route 1

Shopping in Deal

East Kent Railway

Western Heights Nature Reserve

Cycle Shops and Cycle Hire

Stour Valley Way

Via Francigena

Sandwich Market

The Sandwich Way (Route 15)

Captain Colin's Riverbus

Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich

Cliffs and Castles route (National Route 1) Dover to Deal

Bright Skies Online Freedom In Movement Classes

The Lane – Cocktail Making

Deal Pier

Miners' Way Trail

Cathedral to Coast Regional Cycle Network 16 and 17

Braeside Equestrian Centre

Cross channel swimming

Monks Wall Nature Reserve

Farmers Markets

Gamebase & Playbase

Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club

Cliffs and Castles route (National Route 1) Deal to Sandwich

Deal Saturday Market