Route 1 passes some of the UK’s most stunning scenery, running in sections from Dover up to the Highlands of Scotland.

The route takes in fascinating sights, from fantastic views of the famous White Cliffs of Dover to the wild mountain scenery of Scotland.

Other highlights to be found along the route include the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon burial ground, Canterbury Cathedral and Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island in Northumberland. 


Views of the east coast

Route 1 frequently hugs the east coast, offering fantastic views of dramatic coastline and castles.

There are plenty of train stations along the way, so it's easy to explore individual sections and longer stretches. You’ll be rewarded with beautiful coastal vistas of a lesser-known part of the UK.

Visit vibrant capital cities and quaint towns

While many of the route sections are in wilder, less populated regions you’ll also visit two of the UK’s capital cities - bustling London in the south and enchanting Edinburgh in the north.

With its atmospheric medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town, Edinburgh is a highlight of many people’s trips.

Route 1 also takes in some of the UK’s charming old towns such as Whitby, where you can visit the ruined Whitby Abbey. This Gothic beauty inspired Bram Stoker when he was writing ‘Dracula’.

You’ll also pass through countless delightful British villages on your journey.

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Connecting routes through Europe

As well as being a fantastic way to explore Britain, Route 1 is part of a longer route called EuroVelo 12 which connects to Norway and Holland.

EuroVelo is a network of 15 fantastic long-distance cycle routes which connect the whole European continent.

These cycling trails are a cycle tourist’s dream: epic journeys which take in some of the best landscapes and places of cultural interest in Europe.

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

Route 1 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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