EuroVelo is the European cycle network and is managed by the European Cyclists' Federation in cooperation with national and regional partners - Sustrans' is the UK representative.
The vision of 14 international bicycle routes, crossing and linking all the countries of the European continent, was first developed in the early 1990s, inspired by the success of national cycle routes in Denmark and the Netherlands. Sustrans was proud to be involved from the early stages of the project, and helped to plan and design the network, launch the project and get work underway. The European Union has supported development of important sections of EuroVelo, most notably through the EuroVelo 6 project ‘Euroveloroute des Fleuves', where 18 partner authorities in France, Switzerland and Germany worked together to carry out more than €12 million of route and tourism development and marketing.
Where are cycle routes in Europe?
The routes connect the whole of the European continent. Find out more at the EuroVelo website, where there is a wealth of comprehensive information. More than one-third of the total network - which when complete will be over 60,000km long - is in place, and work is under way on sections of the network in many countries. EuroVelo signposting can now be found in Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the UK.
Where can I buy maps of the routes?
Where are the routes in the UK?
EuroVelo Route 1: The Atlantic Coast Route. This route enters England at Plymouth, following the Devon Coast to Coast route (National Route 27). Largely tracing the course of former railway lines, the route takes you through tunnels and across the breathtaking viaducts and bridges. It continues through Exmoor National Park to Bristol to Wales, where it joins the Celtic Trail along the Welsh coast to Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. The route visits Ireland and then continues across Northern Ireland (Lough Neagh) where a ferry from Belfast takes you to the Scottish coasts. Following the Lochs and Glens Route you will pass through Loch Lomond National Park and Cairngorms National Park to Inverness, along the north Scottish coast to Aberdeen.
EuroVelo Route 2: Capitals Route. Starting at Holyhead on the Isle of Anglesey, this route travels through the heart of Wales along the Lôn Las Cymru (National Route 8), taking in Snowdonia National Park and Brecon Beacons National Park. Passing the Welsh capital Cardiff, it then crosses the Severn, where it visits the grand cities of Bristol and Bath – connected by the hugely popular Bristol to Bath Railway path. After that it joins the scenic Kennet and Avon Cycle Route (National Route 4) along the historic canal which links the Thames and the Bristol Channel, weaving through spectacular scenery on its way from Bath to Reading. At Reading, the route joins the Thames Valley Route on its way to London. Finally it leaves London through the docklands, travelling north to the ferry port at Harwich.
EuroVelo Route 12: North Sea Cycle Route. The route enters the UK at the port of Harwich and joins National Route 1 – a route exploring the UK’s east coast. Entering Lincolnshire, the route joins the mostly traffic-free Boston to Lincoln route which features a fabulous art trail, and then travels north to cross the Humber bridge into Hull. Continuing along the fantastic Yorkshire and Northumberland coast the route travels to Edinburgh and from there as far north as the Shetland islands. The route is fully signed in both directions and open except between Whitby and Staithes (in Yorkshire).
Other European Routes
For those interested in travelling to France, Sustrans has been working in partnership with Cycle West to develop three cross-channel cycling routes connecting Devon and Cornwall with Brittany and Normandy. Each itinerary takes you through some breathtaking and diverse scenery on both side of the English Channel.
Another option is the London to Paris route called Avenue Verte which starts at the London Eye and ends at Notre Dame. For information and detailed mapping of the 250 mile route, order the official Avenue Verte - London to Paris by Bike guidebook.
Where can I find more information?
For further information please go to the EuroVelo website. They have all the information you need to plan your European Adventure. Their Frequently Asked Questions page is a great place to start. For country specific information, please find contact email addresses here.