Route 68 runs in sections between Derbyshire and Northumberland. Travelling up the spine of England and through three National Parks it passes spectacular landscapes and unspoiled countryside.

In Derbyshire, the route passes 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.

In the south Pennines, 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.

The sections of the route in Northumberland take 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.

Please note

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.

Please help us protect this route

Route 68 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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