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.


Farmers Markets

Channel Gliding Club

Royal St George’s Golf Club

Via Francigena

Sandwich Market

The Sandwich Way (Route 15)

Cottington Lakes

Mike's Bikes Deal

Frontline Britain Trail

Dover Sea Sports Centre

Sandwich Town Tours

Monks Wall Nature Reserve

Deal and Sandwich Shooting School

Owl House Riding Centre

Shopping in Deal

England Coast Path Walking Route

Deal Saturday Market

Sandwich Leisure Centre

Cycle Friendly Deal

Chequers Kitchen

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Boonies Outdoor Adventure Centre

Gamebase & Playbase

Royal Geographical Society Walks

Shopping in Dover

Wetwheels Southeast

Betteshanger Park, Deal

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

Dover Marina

Captain Colin's Riverbus

Tides Leisure Centre

Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich

Stour Valley Way

South Foreland Walk

Jewellery making at Rees and Rees

Martin Gorse Wood Clay Pigeon Club

Cornilo Riding

Miner's Way Trail

Western Heights Nature Reserve

Cathedral to Coast Regional Cycle Network 16 and 17

Lydden Hill Race Circuit

Bright Skies Online Freedom In Movement Classes

Cross channel swimming

Primal Roots Wellbeing Retreats

Shopping in Villages

Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail

Samphire Hoe

Deal Pier

De Bradelei Wharf Shopping Outlet, Dover

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

Braeside Equestrian Centre

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club

The North Downs Way

East Kent Railway

Dover's Bluebird Market

England Plus Tours

Cycle Shops and Cycle Hire

Chalk and Channel Way

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour

Dover District Leisure Centre

Coker Fishing Trips


Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

The Lane – Cocktail Making

St James Retail and Leisure Park

Western Heights walks

Dover Sea Safari

CHALKUP21 Art & Architecture Trail

National Cycle Network Route 1

River Runner

Saxon Shore Way

Felderland Pick Your Own Farm

Deal Wednesday Market

Sea Swimming

The Wild Kitchen

Shopping in Sandwich