NCN 1 is a near 1700 mile cycle path from Dover to the Shetland Islands. On a mix of traffic free paths and on road surfaces the signed route follows the East coast connecting the major towns and cities and passing through some stunning coastal scenery.
I took myself along to the train station and travelled to the ex RAF now Army base of Leuchars this is the station that serves St Andrews and is a busy little place especially this close to the Open Golf Champs.
Using quiet country roads I reached the Tay road bridge and started across the bridge on the elevated central carriageway. A little unnerving with traffic whizzing by on both sides!
Dundee is a city that is undergoing a lot of change one of which is visible from the bridge the new V & A museum due to open later this year.
There is a lift at the north end of the bridge large enough to easily accommodate 2 or 3 cycles. The lift takes you down to ground level and the Quayside and NCN1.
The route is well signed and even with ongoing works and diversions was easy to follow. The route takes you through the dock area with some staggered barriers and two security gates to negotiate.
Once through the dock area you are alongside the north side of the Tay, looking south you can see the north coast of Fife.
I was soon in Broughty Ferry “The Ferry” to locals and was passing by the impressive castle. Completed in 1495 the Castle has had a long and colourful history and was being adapted even up to the second world war to defend the mouth of the Tay.
After The Ferry comes the village of Monifeith and then back onto dedicated cycle path to Carnoustie. This was the site of several diversions due to the Open Golf but once past them its back onto dedicated cycle path again lovely smooth easy rolling tarmac a joy to cycle on.
Approaching the fishing village of East Haven I decided to stop for a quick bite to eat and head back to Dundee on the A92 cycle path an undulating traffic free path alongside the A92. I used the path to avoid the diversions through Carnoustie on my return route.
Once back in Carnoustie I retraced my steps back to Leuchars and the end of an enjoyable outing on NCN1.
A total of 51 miles with 1700 feet of ascent a really enjoyable ride.