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.


Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club

National Cycle Network Route 1

Tours of the Realm

Deal Saturday Market

Dover District Leisure Centre

East Kent Railway

De Bradelei Wharf Shopping Outlet, Dover

The Wild Kitchen

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

Cross channel swimming

Deal Wednesday Market

Owl House Riding Centre

Martin Gorse Wood Clay Pigeon Club

Shopping in Sandwich

St James Retail and Leisure Park

Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich

Miners' Way Trail

Cornilo Riding

Chalk and Channel Way

Lydden Hill Race Circuit

Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

Sandwich Town Tours

Jewellery making at Rees and Rees

Saxon Shore Way

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

South Foreland Walk

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Sandwich Market

England Plus Tours

Betteshanger Park, Deal

Cycle Shops and Cycle Hire

Dover Marina

Royal Geographical Society Walks

Cottington Lakes

Frontline Britain Trail

Shopping in Villages

Channel Gliding Club

Gamebase & Playbase

Sandwich Leisure Centre

Samphire Hoe

Coker Fishing Trips

The Sandwich Way (Route 15)

Cycle Friendly Deal

Bright Skies Online Freedom In Movement Classes

Dover Sea Safari

Dover Sea Sports Centre

Walmer Paddling Pool

Chequers Kitchen

Cathedral to Coast Regional Cycle Network 16 and 17

Dover's Bluebird Market

Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail

Captain Colin's Riverbus

Deal Pier

Shopping in Deal

Western Heights walks

CHALKUP21 Art & Architecture Trail

North Downs Way


Mike's Bikes Deal

Stour Valley Way

Felderland Pick Your Own Farm

Royal St George’s Golf Club

Monks Wall Nature Reserve

Farmers Markets

Deal and Sandwich Shooting School

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour

England Coast Path Walking Route

Primal Roots Wellbeing Retreats

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

Via Francigena

Shopping in Dover

Western Heights Nature Reserve

Tides Leisure Centre

Sea Swimming

Braeside Equestrian Centre

The Lane – Cocktail Making