GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

National Cycle Route 7

541 miles (870 km)

This is the complete National Cycle Route 7 running from Sunderland to Inverness. It runs for over 500 miles with some wondering scenery along the way.
Scroll down for some great videos of parts of the route and scroll to the bottom of the page for the complete route gpx file.
Highlights include the Coast to Coast Whitehaven to Tynemouth Cycle Route which uses part of route 7. Here you'll find about 35 miles of traffic-free cycling between Sunderland, Stanley, Consett and Parkhead including the popular Consett and Sunderland Railway Path.
In Scotland you'll pass through the stunning scenery of the Highlands and two National Parks in the shape of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and the Cairngorms. You'll also pass Glasgow, Ayrshire, Strathyre and Aviemore on the incredible journey.

Cycle rides using part of National Route 7:

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National Cycle Route 7 OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

National Cycle Route 7 Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Photos

National Cycle Route 7 - geograph.org.uk - 1472239

National Cycle Route 7. Shared use path alongside the Clyde Expressway.

National Cycle Route 7 - geograph.org.uk - 1479982

The route at Gatehouse of Fleet. Here the route runs from the Cally Palace Hotel, through Bar Hill Woods, on to Girthon and beyond. This part is near a small burn.

National Cycle Route 7 passing Kilbirnie - geograph.org.uk - 1443381

Passing Kilbirnie. The path has left the trackbed of the Dalry and North Johnstone Railway and now crosses land that once held sidings for the Glengarnock Steel Works. This went the way of most heavy industry in the 1980s and closed in 1985 with disastrous consequences for local communities.

National Cycle Route 7, Castle Semple - geograph.org.uk - 1442736

Castle Semple Cycle path built on the relief railway which once provided extra capacity for goods moving between Paisley and Ayrshire. Closed to passengers in 1966.

National Cycle Route 7, Barr Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1443065

Barr Castle. Looking towards Lochwinnoch on the Loop Line, a disused railway built in an era when the current line between Paisley and Ayrshire could not cope with the volume of freight needing shifting. This relief line on the west side of the lochs was closed to passengers in 1966 and freight shortly afterwards. I have a 1:50 000 map with a small length still marked - northwards to Kilbirnie. Now it is a very popular cycle path - part of National Cycle Route 7 which takes a circuitous route between Carlisle and Glasgow via Galloway. Railway is also known as the Lochwinnoch Loop or Dalry and North Johnstone Line.

A Special Milepost - geograph.org.uk - 1539950

A Special Milepost. This is one of 1,000 mileposts funded by the Royal Bank of Scotland to mark the creation of the National Cycle Network. This one lies on Route 7, at Kirriereoch. The hill behind it, in the distance, is The Merrick.

Annan Millennium Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 137590

Annan Millennium Bridge. A new bridge at Annan carries the National Cycle Network route 7 over the River Annan just upstream from the railway bridge. The bridge was opened by the Princess Royal on 21 March 2002, at the same time as the 200th anniversary celebrations of Annan Academy.

Bridge over the Kilbarchan Loop - geograph.org.uk - 1441260

Bridge over the Kilbarchan Loop. This railway was built by the Glasgow and South Western Railway to relieve a bottleneck between Paisley and Ayrshire in the early 20th century and is now a cycle path. Closed to passengers in 1966, part of the line remained open as a freight line into the 1970s.

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GPX File

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