The National Cycle Network

We have lots of inspiration and information to help you discover more of the Network.

A UK-wide network of signed paths and routes for walking, cycling, wheeling and exploring outdoors.

Find the perfect route

We’ve made it easy for you to filter our routes by region, distance and whether they’re traffic-free. Find the perfect place to walk, cycle and enjoy the outdoors. 

Find a route on the National Cycle Network
National Cycle Network map

Map of the National Cycle Network

If you’d like to see our routes across the UK on an interactive map, head over to the Ordnance Survey website.  We’ve teamed up with them to help you plan your trips and navigate your way around the UK.

Open the National Cycle Network map

National Cycle Network route sign with two school children walking in background

National Cycle Network design principles

Take a look at the 9 design principles that all National Cycle Network routes should meet.

Find out more about the Network principles
Man and woman using adapted bike on walking and cycling path

Share, respect and enjoy the Network

During the Covid-19 outbreak, we want everyone to be able to use the Network safely, confidently and in line with government guidelines.

Read our tips for staying safe

Route inspiration and ideas

Café stops on the National Cycle Network

9 of our favourite cycle-friendly cafés
Cyclist passing two walkers on cycle path, both parties waving to each other

Using the National Cycle Network

If you're looking to get out on the National Cycle Network for the first time, why not check out these helpful tips and pointers. 

How to use the National Cycle Network
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Buy maps and guides

Visit the Sustrans shop for National Cycle Network maps, guides, accessories and gifts.

We're the experts on the National Cycle Network and have mapped every mile for you. It's time to get out and explore.

Visit the Sustrans shop
Mother and daughter cycling along a traffic-free National Cycle Network path

Free traffic-free route guides

Download one or more of our free guides to easy and traffic-free trails.

Available for Wales, Scotland, South West England, South East England, and the Midlands.

Get your free traffic-free guide

About the National Cycle Network

The National Cycle Network spans the UK. It's used for every kind of journey, from the school run and work commute to weekend walks and long-distance bike rides. Learn more about what it is, how it began, how it's looked after and the difference it makes to people's lives.  

About the National Cycle Network

Improving the National Cycle Network

Our Paths for Everyone review sets out our future vision and plans to make the National Cycle Network safer and more accessible for everyone.

Find out more about Paths for Everyone