To celebrate 20 years of the National Cycle Network we gathered together some of the most popular routes on the National Cycle Network and asked you to choose your favourite. The winner of the best route under 30 miles was:
The Winner: Monsal Trail, Peak District
One of the jewels in the crown of the Peak District National Park, this route travels from the historic market town of Bakewell through the stunning Peak District limestone dales. Through tunnels and dramatic viaducts, this route takes you past old quarries and nature reserves.
(Nominated by the YHA)
The other nominees in the 'Under 30 mile' category were:
This beautiful route passes through the wooded countryside of the upper Camel Valley and alongside the picturesque Camel Estuary – an absolute paradise for birdwatchers.
From the centre of picturesque Bath, this route takes you on a circular tour through the Somerset countryside. Along the way you pass the spectacular Dundas Aqueduct on the Kennet & Avon Canal and through the Combe Down Tunnel, the UK's longest cycling tunnel.
A peaceful tour through broadleaf woodland, open grassland and arable farmland, this gentle route gained its name from an old Sussex tradition of releasing a cuckoo at the Heathfield Fair.
Taking you along the old Ruabon to Barmouth railway line from the historic town of Dolgellau to the popular seaside town of Barmouth, you'll be wowed by the stunning views of the Mawddach estuary and Cadair Idris.
The quiet, uncluttered landscape of the fens is showcased in all its glory on this route from Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve to Bottisham. Passing Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, the surrounding waterways are a haven for wildlife.
Straddling the Wales/England border and following the River Wye, the route travels from pretty Monmouth in south east Wales to Goodrich in Herefordshire.
A canal side ride rich in wildlife that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. At Moneypenny's Lock you can explore the history of the canal life with an exhibition and restored lightermen's bothy and stables.
This perfect route takes in beautiful countryside, rich industrial history, stunning scenery, galleries, shops, museums and even Saltaire, a world heritage site.
Taking you from historic Edinburgh the trail quickly opens out into beautiful countryside, passing over spectacular aqueducts and under pretty bridges, through the towns of Broxburn and Linlithgow with its palace, and onto Falkirk.
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