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.


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

Cycle Friendly Deal


Monks Wall Nature Reserve

Western Heights walks

Chequers Kitchen

Dover Sea Sports Centre

Gamebase & Playbase

The Sandwich Way (Route 15)

The Lane – Cocktail Making

St James Retail and Leisure Park

East Kent Railway

Walmer Paddling Pool

North Downs Way

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour

Cathedral to Coast Regional Cycle Network 16 and 17

Captain Colin's Riverbus

Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club

Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich

Channel Gliding Club

Tides Leisure Centre

The Wild Kitchen

Western Heights Nature Reserve

Chalk and Channel Way

Dover Marina

Farmers Markets

Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

Royal Geographical Society Walks

Braeside Equestrian Centre

Shopping in Villages

Coker Fishing Trips

Felderland Pick Your Own Farm

Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail

Primal Roots Wellbeing Retreats

Sea Swimming

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

Sandwich Market

South Foreland Walk

Samphire Hoe

Deal Wednesday Market

CHALKUP21 Art & Architecture Trail

Miners' Way Trail

De Bradelei Wharf Shopping Outlet, Dover

Cornilo Riding

Dover District Leisure Centre

Deal Saturday Market

Cottington Lakes

Shopping in Dover

Dover Sea Safari

Mike's Bikes Deal

Royal St George’s Golf Club

Dover's Bluebird Market

National Cycle Network Route 1

Cycle Shops and Cycle Hire

Via Francigena

England Plus Tours

England Coast Path Walking Route

Lydden Hill Race Circuit

Cross channel swimming

Bright Skies Online Freedom In Movement Classes

Tours of the Realm

Martin Gorse Wood Clay Pigeon Club

Owl House Riding Centre

Jewellery making at Rees and Rees

Deal and Sandwich Shooting School

Frontline Britain Trail

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Shopping in Deal

Stour Valley Way

Saxon Shore Way

Betteshanger Park, Deal

Shopping in Sandwich

Sandwich Leisure Centre

River Runner

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

Sandwich Town Tours

Deal Pier