Rides to National Parks

Friends cycling

Lovely views in Northumberland National Park

Cycle over viaduct

Cycling the Pennine Cycleway (North Pennines) route over Lambley Viaduct

High Peak Trail

The High Peak Trail in the Peak District

Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere in the Lake District

We've picked our top rides on Sustrans' National Cycle Network that take in some of the UK's fantastic National Parks.  These beautiful areas of countryside have something for everyone - from mountains, meadows, moorlands to woods and wetlands. 

1. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

The route between Aberfoyle and Callander lets you explore the Trossachs, providing you with wonderful views of lochs and forests. Its a tough 13 mile route but the rewards are worth all the effort. 

2. Cairngorms

The 11 mile route between Aviemore and Carrbridge takes you through the Cairngorms National Park with its stunning scenery and rich variety of wildlife.  It passes through woodland and open heather-filled moorland before reaching Carrbridge.

3. Lake District

The Ride to Windermere route is a feast for the eyes, giving you a taste of the Lake District and some of England's most beautiful countryside. From Kendal, the route take you all the way to Lake Windermere.

4. New Forest

The New Forest Ride between Brokenhurst and Holmsley is short and largely traffic free. The route takes you through a unique landscape where there could be a cluster of wild ponies around the next corner. The New Forest is a patchwork of different wildlife habitats, so keep an eye open for birds, butterflies and wild roe deer and stags at certain times of the day.

5. Northumberland National Park

The Pennine Cycleway (North Pennines) is a long distance route that takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes and unspoilt countryside that England has to offer, including the Eden valley, the North Pennines and the Northumberland National Park.

6. Snowdonia

Lon Las Ogwen is a wonderful 11 mile route offering views of the Snowdonia Mountains as it climbs south from the coast at Porth Penrhyn. Following the valley of Afon Cegin, the trail climbs on old railway cuttings through lovely broadleaf woodland to Tregarth.

7. Brecon Beacons

The Taff Trail is 55 miles long and starts in Wales' thriving capital with major attractions such as Cardiff Castle, The Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Bay to take in. From here the route takes you to Brecon, through dramatic mountain landscapes, past crashing waterfalls and crystal clear reservoirs.

8. Peak District

The 11.5 mile, traffic free High Peak Trail follows the line of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway, taking in the stunning Derbyshire Dales countryside between Middleton Top and Parsley Hay. At Parsley Hay the route links with the Tissington Trail which runs to Ashbourne.

9. North York Moors

There is a lovely coastal route between the seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby.  Also known as the Cinder Track, it takes in fantastic views, secluded coves and historic sites, and has it all for the perfect day out.

10. Dartmoor

The Dartmoor Way is a new 95 mile-long circular cycling route around Dartmoor linking hamlets, villages and towns. This challenging route passes through or near Bovey Tracey, Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Ivybridge, Yelverton, Tavistock, Okehampton, Chagford.

More inspiration for walking and cycling adventures:

Discover the National Cycle Network

Whether you walk, cycle, run or ride a horse, there's plenty of opportunity for adventure and getting involved!

children cycling

Cycling is a great way to have fun as a family and these rides have lots of things to see and do along the way. 

Find out about the fantastic artwork we have on the National Cycle Network and where you can spot it.

volunteers on the NCN

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kids out on a bike ride

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