The National Cycle Network needs you
Severe weather this winter has caused significant damage to the paths.
With your help we can clear flooded drains, repair paths and remove fallen trees, making sure the Network remains safe, open and accessible to all.See how you can help
We’ve made it easy for you to find National Cycle Network routes by region, distance and whether they’re traffic-free.
Find the perfect place to enjoy time in the great outdoors.Find a route on the National Cycle Network
Plan a whole year of National Cycle Network adventures with our regional and long-distance cycle maps.
Your purchase supports our work to make it easier for everyone to walk, wheel and cycle.Shop Sustrans maps
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you get physical barriers on your local routes redesigned or removed, to make traffic-free routes more accessible for everyone.
In the face of a national climate and ecological emergency, traffic-free paths have the power to improve biodiversity and protect wildlife.
Since 2018, Sustrans teams across the UK have been working to improve the access, safety and public appeal of the National Cycle Network.
This new report provides an update on the great successes they've achieved so far.
If you’d like to see 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 trip and navigate your way around the UK.Open the National Cycle Network map
We want the Network to:
Take a look at our 9 design principles that all National Cycle Network routes should meet.
When you're out on the Network, please be aware that the signage you see may not reflect recent changes to our online mapping.
We're working hard with our volunteers and partners to update these signs.
When you're browsing the list of routes on our website, keep an eye out for the Follow the red signs symbol.
When you see it, it means the whole of the route is on the National Cycle Network.
And when you're on the route, follow the little red signs to navigate it.Find a route on the National Cycle Network
We've got lots of cycling routes on our website for inspiration.
But some of these routes may contain sections that are not on the National Cycle Network and are better suited to more experienced cyclists.
Keep an eye out for the hexagon on our route pages. This symbol means that some or all of the route is not on the Network.Find other cycling routes across the UK
Sustrans only owns around 271 miles, or 2%, of the Network.
The rest belongs to various landowners, who are ultimately responsible for their own stretch.
However, Sustrans staff and volunteers help these landowners to maintain, improve and develop their routes.
The National Cycle Network brings huge benefits to the UK's economy and improves people's health and wellbeing. In 2019-20 an estimated:
people used the Network
car trips were saved by using the Network
was spent in local businesses by leisure and tourist users
was saved by the NHS through the Network's impact on people's health
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
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