National Cycle Network

people with bikes decorated as boats arrive at the National Boat Museum

The annual festival celebrates Ellesmere Port's rich heritage of bicycles and boats, and revives the bike carnivals of the 1900s

The popular ‘Bikes and Boats’ Festival inspired by Ellesmere Port’s bike carnivals of the 1900s, will be back on Sunday 26 May for the third year running. The fun-packed day, which is organised by us...
16 May 2019
Bicycle with bag on the back, propped up against a bench with field in background

Pack up your bag, grab your tent and head out for a cycling adventure

Group of friends sitting by a canal together with their bicycles propped up in the background

Gather your friends, hop on your bikes and spend time together at one of these campsites

Group of children celebrating on bikes on traffic-free path

Camping is a fun and exciting experience for the whole family

These seven great campsites are conveniently located near the National Cycle Network, perfect for a cycling and camping combo. Why not use them as a base for exploring, or somewhere to stop off and...
13 August 2014
A female cycling through a field during the early evening

©Cog + Wheel

A female cyclist looking out over a beach on a sunny day

©Cog + Wheel

With spring in full swing, it’s time to get out and explore some of the best routes on the National Cycle Network. Here are a few accessories that are perfect for spring bike touring.  1.    Bike...
3 May 2019

Children from Lochnell Primary School officially opened the route.

The north end of new North Connel to Benderloch path, following the beachy coastline along a disused railway line

The North Connel to Benderloch link provides the first traffic-free connection between the villages.

The path forms part of a £2million Scottish Government investment in the Caledonia Way.

Wednesday 17th April sees the official opening of the first traffic-free link between the rural communities of North Connel and Benderloch, Argyll and Bute. Funded by Transport Scotland and delivered...
17 April 2019
group of volunteers outside with bin bags

Volunteers gathered nearly 200 bin bags of litter from the 16 mile section of the popular C2C cycle and walking route. PHOTO: Sarah Donnelly

children scooting to school
Our volunteers in County Durham have cleaned up 16 miles of the Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle and walking path between Chester-le-Street to Consett as part of the Big Spring Clean. We organised eight Spring...
11 April 2019
Two cyclists, one male in red shirt, one female in bright sports jacket, on cycle path in London

Pack your panniers or sling your record bag over your shoulder

Man and woman walking along riverside path. Woman wearing yellow jumper and man in blue shirt pushing bke

Pedestrians in Edinburgh © Tony Marsh/Sustrans

Composite image, with left side showing bike outside record store with shopping bag on top of it, and right side showing outside of store

Outside Assai Records in Broughty Ferry

In the past few years, buoyed by the revival in sales of vinyl records, independent record shops have undergone something of a resurgence. It’s easy to spend hours browsing in these unique and...
9 April 2019
red brick castle-like mansion with green gardens and tress in front

Powis Castle © National Trust/Andrew Butler

Row of white houses on bay in coastal village, surrounded by green fields

Cushendun, Northern Ireland © Paul Kirkwood

Man walking along basalt columns of Giant's Causeway, blue sky in the background

The Giant's Causeway

With many of the National Cycle Network’s walking and cycling routes passing through or close to National Trust and National Trust for Scotland properties, you don’t need to hop in the car to enjoy...
25 March 2019
Two cyclists on traffic-free path with greenery to either side and bridge in the background

Cyclists on the Collier's Way

Sandstone aqueduct over river with green trees and grass in the background

The Dundas Aqueduct, at the end of the Collier's Way

Quaint market towns and rolling countryside make cycling and walking in the Cotswolds a real delight. The National Cycle Network takes you to some of the highlights including the River Frome and...
19 March 2019