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Over a thousand years ago, pilgrims used to travel all the way from England to Rome, among them Sigeric the Serious Archbishop of Canterbury did it to receive his symbols from the Pope. Now you can follow their footsteps by taking our 3,300km long version of the route: EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea (Francigena). The route follows the path of the National Cycle Network, a 14,000 mile network of signed cycle routes crossing the length and breadth of the country.
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About a third of the network is traffic-free, whether it’s on former railway lines, along canals or new paths through parks and cities. Starting in Canterbury in the shadow of the famous Cathedral, the route wends its way along pleasant Kentish Lanes to the coast at Dover, home to Britain’s busiest port, biggest castle and most iconic landmark, the legendary White Cliffs.

Cycling in the UK is guaranteed to bring you many surprises with such a variety of things to see and do. Whether it’s dramatic coastlines, rolling hills and countryside, picturesque villages or bustling cities you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. The country has a rich culture and history as well as dramatic natural features, so it’s well worth braving the rain.The EuroVelo 5 route features all of these and more with historic landmarks at either end of the UK stage, with quiet country lanes and spectacular views in between.


National information
  • Dover - London

    Garden of England - London to Dover

    Further information on National Route 1 - The route starts in Greenwich and takes you on a traffic free path along the Thames, past the Thames Barrier and onto Dartford. The route continues onto Gillingham, Sittingbourne and Faversham. From here you head towards Whitstable where you join the largely traffic-free Crab and Winkle Way. This section of the route does feature some hills, with a 61m (200ft) climb into Canterbury. However, there are fine views over Whitstable from the highest point of the ride. Leaving Canterbury you travel through Fordwich, Britain's smallest town and then the route follows the coast to Sandwich and Deal before arriving in Dover. Local attractions include; Dover Castle, Samphire Hoe nature reserve and the famous Canterbury Cathedral.

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