East Midlands

Route 672

Route Description

Currently open between north Derby and Breadsall, and in a short section to the west of Ilkeston, the route passes through the Breadsall Wildlife Site and will follow the former Great Northern Railway - known locally as the Friargate Line - to Ilkeston when completed. 

Route 647

Route Description

National Route 647 follows the line of the former Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway.  Before Harby, you leave Route 64 and join a traffic free path which takes you over the River Trent using the beautiful Fledborough Viaduct. After Fledborough the route joins quiet roads which take you into Tuxford and onto Bevercotes via West Markham and Milton. 

Route 648

National Route 648 of the National Cycle Network connects Route 680 near Bakewell in the Peak District with NCN 6 at Sherwood Forest via Baslow, Chesterfield, Bolsover, Shirebrook and Warsop. See text below for details of open sections.

Route Description

Route 549

National Route 549 of the National Cycle Network connects Hurdlow in the Peak District with Etwall via Waterhouses and Uttoxeter. See text below for details of open sections.

Route Details

Route 536

Route Description

This recently built cycling route has reconnected local residents to the city centre and surrounding countryside. The Northampton section runs on a brand new off-road cycle-way along a picturesque area of the River Nene, joining up Beckets Park to Upton, with links off to Nene Valley Retail Park, Sixfields Leisure Park, Briar Hill and Norbital, an 18 mile circular cycle route around Northampton.

Route Details

Distance: 3 miles

Type: Traffic free path

Route 423

Route Description

The route takes you on quiet roads (but very steep in places) past Llandegfedd Reservoir and through the villages of Coed-y-Paen (check out the phone box), Llanbadoc, Usk, Raglan and Dingestow.

Both Usk and Raglan have shops and pubs for refreshments. Arriving in Monmouth the route crosses the river Wye and follows the Peregrine Path (pdf) along the Wye valley north to Symonds Yat East.

Route 442

Route Details

  • Type: Quiet country roads
  • Gaps in route: No signed route between Hinton on the Green and Honeybourne

Route Description

The route runs parallel to the Cotswold Line railway on a series of quiet lanes. 

1. Worcester to Hinton on the Green

Route 680

Route Description

Route 680 follows a section of the former Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway. The Monsal Trail starts at the Topley Pike junction and runs to Coombs viaduct, 1 mile south-east of Bakewell. It follows the valley of the River Wye and runs parallel to the A6.  Easy access is available for all visitors at Hassop, Bakewell and Millers Dale stations. The trail is a great place to explore the wildlife and industrial history of the valley.

Route Details

Distance: 9 miles

Route 169

Route Description

This route, known locally as the Scunthorpe Ridgeway, was designed to link communities together, providing better access for everyday journeys to schools, local shops and workplaces. The Ridgeway forms a spinal route through Scunthorpe, from Manor Park in the south through to Normanby Hall to the north of the town. There are plans to link the Ridgeway to the large neighbouring village of Winterton in the future. 

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