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.
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 - North Cumbria & Dumfries, 36 - West Dumfries & Galloway, and 37 - Ayrshire, Lanark & the Isle of Arran.
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 - Glasgow, Stirling & the Clyde, 43 - Perth, Callander & Pitlochry and 46 - Cairngorms & the Moray Coast.
This route contains a Sustrans Greener Greenway
A greenway is a corridor of undeveloped land, reserved for recreational use and environmental conservation.
Things to see
The BLiSS trail links up to 25 sculptures, architectural installations and fun ornamental features in four villages.
Spot the Drovers Bho sculpture by Kev Paxton of ArtFe blacksmiths near the Balvaig Bridge.
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.