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.


Get Lost Escape Rooms

Martin Gorse Wood Clay Pigeon Club

Monks Wall Nature Reserve

Cottington Lakes

Channel Gliding Club

Royal St George’s Golf Club

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

National Cycle Network Route 1

Western Heights walks

Cycle Friendly Deal

Deal Saturday Market

Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

CHALKUP21 Art & Architecture Trail

Shopping in Villages

Sandwich Wildlife Park

Dover Sea Sports Centre

Stour Valley Way

Lydden Hill Race Circuit

Shopping in Dover

Cathedral to Coast Regional Cycle Network 16 and 17

Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club

East Kent Railway

Primal Roots Wellbeing Retreats

Tours of the Realm

South Foreland Walk

Felderland Pick Your Own Farm

Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich

Owl House Riding Centre

Coker Fishing Trips

Cycle Shops and Cycle Hire

Jewellery making at Rees and Rees

Cornilo Riding

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

The Lane – Cocktail Making

Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail

Dover's Bluebird Market

Sandwich River Bus

Miners' Way Trail

Dover Marina

Walmer Paddling Pool

Sandwich Leisure Centre

Shopping in Sandwich

The Wild Kitchen

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

Via Francigena

Chalk and Channel Way

Gamebase & Playbase


Saxon Shore Way

Tides Leisure Centre

Deal Wednesday Market

De Bradelei Wharf Shopping Outlet, Dover

England Plus Tours

Betteshanger Park, Deal

Deal Pier

Farmers Markets

Sandwich Market

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour

Shopping in Deal


Dover District Leisure Centre

Sandwich Town Tours

Mike's Bikes Deal

Samphire Hoe

Western Heights Nature Reserve

Cross channel swimming

The Sandwich Way (Route 15)

Sea Swimming

Royal Geographical Society Walks

Dover Sea Safari

Frontline Britain Trail

Braeside Equestrian Centre

England Coast Path Walking Route

North Downs Way

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Chequers Kitchen

St James Retail and Leisure Park