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.


Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail

De Bradelei Wharf Shopping Outlet, Dover

Sandwich Leisure Centre

South Foreland Walk

Mike's Bikes Deal

CHALKUP21 Art & Architecture Trail

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership


Primal Roots Wellbeing Retreats

Royal Geographical Society Walks

Bright Skies Online Freedom In Movement Classes

Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club

Saxon Shore Way

Sandwich Market

Western Heights Nature Reserve

Shopping in Sandwich

Coker Fishing Trips

Sandwich Town Tours

North Downs Way

England Coast Path Walking Route

Felderland Pick Your Own Farm

Sea Swimming

Samphire Hoe

Cross channel swimming

Dover Sea Sports Centre

Braeside Equestrian Centre

Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

Deal Saturday Market

Deal and Sandwich Shooting School

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

Cycle Friendly Deal

Deal Pier

Cathedral to Coast Regional Cycle Network 16 and 17

Western Heights walks

Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich

Owl House Riding Centre

Via Francigena

England Plus Tours

Walmer Paddling Pool

Martin Gorse Wood Clay Pigeon Club

Cornilo Riding

Cottington Lakes

Channel Gliding Club

Captain Colin's Riverbus

Dover District Leisure Centre

Shopping in Villages

The Sandwich Way (Route 15)

Lydden Hill Race Circuit

Jewellery making at Rees and Rees

Dover's Bluebird Market

Chequers Kitchen

Dover Marina

The Lane – Cocktail Making

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour

Farmers Markets

Dover Sea Safari

Cycle Shops and Cycle Hire

The Wild Kitchen

Stour Valley Way

Gamebase & Playbase

Tides Leisure Centre

Shopping in Deal

Chalk and Channel Way

East Kent Railway

Tours of the Realm

River Runner

Shopping in Dover

St James Retail and Leisure Park

Royal St George’s Golf Club

National Cycle Network Route 1

Betteshanger Park, Deal

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

Miners' Way Trail

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

Frontline Britain Trail

Deal Wednesday Market

Monks Wall Nature Reserve