The sections of Route 7 between Sunderland and Inverness take in breathtaking views of forests, hills and lochs. It is over 540 miles long and passes through two National Parks before arriving in the Scottish Highlands at Inverness.

The sections of Route 7 amount to 547.2 miles long. They take in Sunderland in the northeast of England and Inverness, the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands.

You can choose to complete smaller sections of the route or longer stretches if you prefer.

The best of UK scenery

Route 7 takes in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK. It has sections in two spectacular National Parks: Loch Lomond & the Trossachs and Cairngorms.

It's a great way to experience the beauty of Britain’s varied landscape.

Route 7 forms part the famous Sea to Sea cycle route and includes almost 35 miles of traffic-free cycling between Sunderland, Stanley, Consett and Parkhead including the Consett and Sunderland Railway path.

Picturesque views of Scotland

At Penrith, the regional centre for the eastern Lake District, Route 7 heads north away from the Sea to Sea cycle route to the border city of Carlisle.

Carlisle to Glasgow via the Ayrshire coast is also known as the Lochs & Glens (South) cycle route, running partly on Route 7.

The route passes through Gretna, Dumfries, Castle Douglas, and Newton Stewart before crossing Glen Trool Forest.

There are gaps in Route 7 in this area, and you will leave the National Cycle Network in places if you're looking to follow the full Lochs and Glens route.

Once a prosperous shipbuilding city Glasgow is now famed for its great museums, thriving music scene, and fantastic Victorian and art nouveau architecture.

Outstanding landscapes

The following sections of Route 7 take in some of the most stunning scenery on the National Cycle Network, including Loch Lomond & the Trossachs and the Cairngorms.

The route leaves Glasgow by following the River Clyde to Dumbarton and then heads to Inverness.

Highlights include the Glen Ogle viaduct on the railway path between Lochearnhead and Killin. 

Take in local artworks

As well as spectacular natural wonders you’ll have the opportunity to spot some art.

The BLiSS trail (which stands for Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans, the four communities that the trail connects) links up to 25 sculptures, architectural installations and fun ornamental features in the four villages.

Near the Balvaig Bridge is the Drovers Bho sculpture by Kev Paxton of ArtFe blacksmiths.

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, ߣߣƵ 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.

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