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.


Channel Gliding Club

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

The Lane – Cocktail Making

National Cycle Network Route 1

Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

Dover's Bluebird Market

Lydden Hill Race Circuit

England Plus Tours

Martin Gorse Wood Clay Pigeon Club

Betteshanger Park

Royal St George’s Golf Club

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Tours of the Realm

De Bradelei Wharf Shopping Outlet

Sandwich Leisure Centre

Deal Saturday Market


Stour Valley Way

Farmers Markets

Western Heights Nature Reserve

Miners' Way Trail

Cross channel swimming

Saxon Shore Way

Via Francigena

Braeside Equestrian Centre

Shopping in Dover

Royal Geographical Society Walks

Dover Sea Safari

Dover Marina

Gamebase & Playbase

Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club

Cycle Friendly Deal

Sandwich Wildlife Park

East Kent Railway

Felderland Pick Your Own Farm

England Coast Path

Walmer Paddling Pool

Shopping in Sandwich

The Sandwich Way (Route 15)

Dover District Leisure Centre

Frontline Britain Trail

Samphire Hoe

Cathedral to Coast Regional Cycle Network 16 and 17

Cycle Shops and Cycle Hire


Jewellery making at Rees and Rees

Prince's Golf Club

Deal Pier

Owl House Riding Centre

South Foreland Walk

Coker Fishing Trips

Chequers Kitchen

Cornilo Riding

Cottington Lakes

Tides Leisure Centre

Chalk and Channel Way

Get Lost Escape Rooms

CHALKUP21 Art & Architecture Trail

Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail

St James Retail and Leisure Park

Sea Swimming

Dover Sea Sports Centre

Mike's Bikes Deal

Western Heights walks

The Wild Kitchen

Monks Wall Nature Reserve

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour

Deal Wednesday Market

Sandwich River Bus

Shopping in Deal

North Downs Way

Sandwich Town Tours

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

Sandwich Market

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

Shopping in Villages