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With hundreds of routes to choose from, the National Cycle Network is a great way to discover the UK. Whether you want to explore Northumberland’s coastline, conquer a Welsh mountain or experience the peaceful glens of Scotland, we’ve got the perfect route for you.

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  • This great traffic free route takes you from the bustling town of Doncaster to the 12th century Conisbrough Castle.

  • From the hustle and bustle of town life in Caerphilly, this route transports you to tranquil green fields and blue bell-carpeted woods with protected wildlife sites.

  • This route is perfect for novices and young children.  Traffic free and short, it offers lovely views out over to Mumbles Head. 

  •  A cycle ride suitable for families taking in magnificent vistas of the hills and villages of the eastern side of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

  • This ride makes up a shorter section of the longer 21 mile Ystwyth Trail, which links Aberystwyth, Llanfarian, Ystrad Meurig and Tregaron in Ceredigion, Wales. 

  • This route travels between Port Talbot and the gorgeous Afan Forest.  The area is a haven for all sorts of wonderful wildlife and has world-class mountain bike trails.

  • This fine tarmac path between Airdrie and Bathgate runs beside the new railway, along the shore of the Hillend Reservoir and has fine views over the central plateau of Scotland. It passes through Plains, Caldercruix, Blackridge and Armadale. Sculptures along the route reflect the rich industrial and railway heritage of the area.

  • The Aire Valley Towpath route provides a wonderful opportunity to explore part of the longest canal in Britain.

  • The Alban Way is a trail for cyclists and walkers along the former route of the Hatfield to St Albans branch line of the Great Northern Railway.

  • This 12 mile route in Clackmannanshire starts in Alloa and loops through Cambus, Tullibody, Alva and Tillicoultry. Mainly traffic-free on flat, surfaced railway paths and on some quiet back roads, this is a lovely route for families and inexperienced cyclists, with wonderful views of the towering Ochil Hills.

  • A fantastic ride that takes in some of Northern England's most beautiful coastline.

  • Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail follows the old Ashby and Nuneaton Railway, which itself replaced an 18th century canal.

  • This journey offers excellent wildlife spotting opportunities as you cross heather covered moorland, surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges and dense forests.

  • This wonderful route takes you through the Cairngorms National Park with its stunning scenery and rich variety of wildlife. Staring at Aviemore, a popular location for skiing, hiking and other outdoor activities, passes through woodland and open heather-filled moorland to reach Carrbridge.

  • This 19 mile linear route, part of National Route 7, takes in long stretches of the Ayrshire coastline between Irvine, Troon, Prestwick and Ayr, and has spectacular views across to the Isle of Arran.

  • After following quiet roads from Balerno to East Calder, the highlight of this 14 mile route between Balerno and Bathgate is the Almondell and Calderwood Country Park where you can cycle right through the park between East Calder and Mid Calder and under the impressive railway viaduct. From Mid Calder and through Livingstone, where you can visit the Almond Valley Heritage Trust, you continue towards Bathgate on a mainly traffic-free route.

  • This cycle route takes you on a great tour of Gateshead. Starting out at the BALTIC Gallery you will follow the banks of the River Tyne until you arrive at the Bill Quay Community Farm, a treasured green space on the edge of Gateshead.

  • This short route takes you from Barnsley on a traffic-free path to the RSPB Old Moor Reserve, which is teeming with birds and wildlife.

  • This unique ride is mainly on flat traffic-free paths and enables you to explore both sides of the Humber Bridge with parks, a nature reserve, picnic spots, spectacular views of the bridge. Not to forget you can cycle over the Bridge itself! The route description starts at Barton-upon-Humber station, but you can equally start the route at Hessle or North Ferriby stations.

  • With its combination of woodlands, chalk downland, rolling fields and small villages, the North Hampshire countryside is a superb area for cycling. This route starts at Festival Place in the centre of Basingstoke, goes through the War Memorial Park and then heads south along traffic calmed roads and a newly created cycle path to Hatch Warren.  

  • The Bath Two Tunnels Circuit is a 13 mile circular route taking in the iconic Bath Two Tunnels. The route also uses National Route 24 and National Route 4, along the Kennet & Avon Canal back in to Central Bath. 

    Please Note: Diversion on route, see below

  • This route is an easy-to-follow ride or walk along a raised Greenway from the docklands at Beckton right to the heart of Stratford, meaning that anyone heading along this route can easily avoid the traffic.

  • Enjoy a tour of the East End of London with this varied route, starting in the light industrial area of Beckton, taking in the Thames as you head west and up to Stratford High Street.

  • Take time to enjoy the slower pace of life along this green corridor through the city

  • Take in some of the best sights North-East London has to offer on this scenic route that provides a nearly entirely traffic-free route from Waltham Forest all the way to Stratford.

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