Route 68 of the National Cycle Network is known as the Pennine Cycleway. It runs up the spine of England and through three National Parks between Derby and Berwick-upon-Tweed. As you cycle this route you’ll enjoy spectacular landscapes and unspoiled countryside.
The route is entirely open and signed and is often split into three sections. The section from Derby to Holmfirth is known as the Pennine Cycleway South. You’ll cycle through the Derbyshire Dales, where visitors appreciate the picturesque villages and market towns strewn with historic buildings, speciality shops and local produce. You’ll cycle through gorgeous, untouched landscapes with views of wooded valleys, rugged crags and sparkling rivers.
Although there are a few on-road sections you’ll also be able to enjoy the Mickleover Greenway, the traffic-free Tissington Trail, the Midshires Way north of Buxton and the traffic-free Longdendale Trail.
From Holmfirth to Appleby-in-Westmorland is known as the Pennine Cycleway Central: South Pennines and the Dales. Along this stretch you’ll enjoy a wide variety of landscapes, including a huge canal embankment, splendid examples of textile mills, delightful market towns, pastoral farmland and high, open moorland.
Route 68 is on-road all the way from Holmfirth to where it splits at Hebden Bridge. The northern strand takes you on-road to Colne and the southern strand takes you on-road and then traffic-free along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The strands reunite at Colne.
From Appleby-in-Westmorland to Berwick-upon-Tweed is known as the Pennine Cycleway North. This section of the route takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes and unspoiled countryside that England has to offer, including the Eden Valley, the dramatic North Pennines and the South Tyne Valley. You’ll pass Hadrian's Wall and through the Northumberland National Park, where you’ll enjoy views of its dramatic hills and valleys.
The route leads you to Berwick-upon-Tweed, the northernmost town in England, on the magnificent Northumberland Coast. Captured or sacked 13 times before finally falling into English hands in 1482, Berwick’s Elizabethan walls were built to keep out invading Scots.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.