The route is currently 601 miles long. The following sections have their own description pages.
1. Sunderland to Carlisle
National Route 7 forms two-thirds of the famous Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle route and includes almost 35 miles of traffic-free cycling between Sunderland, Stanley, Consett and Parkhead including the Consett & Sunderland Railway path. At Penrith National Route 7 heads north away from the Sea to Sea cycle route to Carlisle.
Map: Sea to Sea (C2C) [Also shows Penrith to Carlisle.] or regional maps 34 and 35.
2. Carlisle to Glasgow
Carlisle to Glasgow via the Ayrshire coast is known as the Lochs & Glens (South) cycle route. The route passes through Gretna, Dumfries, Castle Douglas and Newton Stewart before crossing Glen Trool Forest. On reaching the Ayr National Route 7 loosely follows the coast through Troon and Irvine and then heads inland to Glasgow on disused railway paths. Newton Stewart via Glasgow to Inverness also forms part of EuroVelo 1.
Map: Lochs and Glens South or regional maps 35, 36, and 37.
3. Glasgow to Inverness
Passing through two National Parks - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and Cairngorms, the Lochs & Glens (North) cycle route takes the cyclist through some of the most stunning scenery on the National Cycle Network. The route leaves Glasgow by following the River Clyde to Dumbarton and then heads to Inverness via Abefoyle, Callander, Killin, Pitlochry, Kingussie, Aviemore and Carrbridge. Highlights include the Glen Ogle viaduct on the railway path between Lochearnhead and Killin.
Map: Lochs and Glens North or regional maps 41, 43 and 46.
This route contains a Sustrans Greener Greenway
Closures and diversions
Glasgow to Inverness- Achray Forest (north of Aberfoyle) Closure until Easter 2017
Forestry Commission Scotland have closed a section of National Route 7 in Achray Forest for forestry operations until 'Easter' 2017. A diversion should be signed, although please note that this is onto the A821. More information is available on the Forestry Commission Scotland website.
A long distance cycle route between Sunderland and Inverness via Penrith, Carlisle, Dumfries, Ayr, Glasgow, Pitlochry and Aviemore. The route is fully open and signed.
National Route 7 links Sunderland and Inverness. It forms two-thirds of the famous Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle route before heading north to Glasgow via Glen Trool Forest and the Ayrshire coast, before passing through two National Parks - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and Cairngorms.