GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

National Cycle Route 21

94 miles (152 km)

This is the complete Sustrans National Cycle Route 21 running from Greenwich in London to Eastbourne on the south coast.
The route runs for about 95 miles through Croydon, Redhill, Crawley, East Grinstead, Heathfield and Hailsham before finishing on the coast at Eastbourne. It includes several long traffic free sections along former railway lines, including the popular Cuckoo Trail and the Waterlink Way. There's also some beautiful Surrey and Sussex countryside, with fine coastal views towards the end of the route.
You can download the full gpx for the route at the bottom of the page.

Cycle Routes on National Cycle Route 21

  • Greenwich to Croydon - This ride follows NCN route 21, taking you through south east London
  • Crawley to Eastbourne - Follow National Cycle route 21 from Crawley to Eastbourne on the south coast
  • Croydon to Redhill - Follow National Cycle Network route 21 from Croydon to Redhill passing through the attractive (but hilly!) North Downs
  • Worth Way - This 7 mail long bridleway and footpath runs along National Cycle route 21 from Crawley to East Grinstead via the village of Crawley Down
  • South Norwood Country Park - A cycle or walk through this pleasant country park in Croydon
  • Cuckoo Trail - This traffic free cycle and walking path runs along a disused railway line from Heathfield to the outskirts of Eastbourne
  • Forest Way -Essex - The Forest Way in Essex runs from Loughton station to Hatfield Forest.
    The walk starts taking you through Epping Forest and Epping Green towards Harlow where you pass through Harlow Common
  • Waterlink Way - This largely traffic free bike ride runs along National Cycle Network Route 21 from Beckenham to the Cutty Sark on the Thames
  • Redhill to Tunbridge Wells - Starting in Redhill first travel south through Gatwick airport (easier and more pleasant than it sounds!) and then onto the off road Worth Way, Forest Way and Sussex Border Path that will take you through East Grinstead and some lovely countryside before finishing in Royal Tunbridge Wells
Highlights near the route include the impressive large boulders at Eridge Rocks near Tunbridge Wells and the delightful Selsdon Wood Nature Reserve near Croydon.

National Cycle Route 21 OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

National Cycle Route 21 Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes near National Cycle Route 21

  • National Cycle Route 18 - This signed Sustrans cycle route runs through Kent from Canterbury to Tunbridge Wells for a distance of about 63 miles.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Around Tunbridge Wells the route links with National Cycle Route 18. The 63 mile route will take you east to Canterbury via Ashford.


National Cycleway waymarker, Forest Way - - 1691245

National Cycleway waymarker, Forest Way

National Cycle Network Milepost, South Norwood Country Park

National Cycle Network Milepost, South Norwood Country Park

Pool River and National Cycle Route 21 - - 96626

Pool River and National Cycle Route 21. Pool River joins the Ravensbourne at Catford which in turn joins the Thames at Deptford. The Pool and Ravensbourne provide a linear walking and cycle path (National Cycle Route 21) through this part of south-east London. Here is the Pool River, looking north from a footbridge at Bell Green SE6 with the path on the left.

Cuckoo Trail between Polegate and Hailsham - - 62562

Cuckoo Trail between Polegate and Hailsham. Looking south between Summerhill Lane and Mulbrooks Farm. This traffic free section of the route is popular with cyclists and walkers.

Dismantled Railway - - 1586002

On the Forest Way dismantled Railway. This railway was the Tunbridge Wells to Three Bridges line. It closed in 1967 (a Beeching Cut). Now the route of the Forest Way

Path junction, Worth Way - - 1619037

Path junction, Worth Way. The Worth Way goes straight on in a deepening cutting to pass under the B2028, the turn left follows the edge of the cutting uphill to reach the B2028 on the level.

NCR 21 forestway

On the Forest Way near Groombridge.

Waterlink Way in Sydenham

Waterlink Way in Sydenham

GPS Files

GPX File

National Cycle Route 21.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

National Cycle Route 21.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)