About the National Cycle Network

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A UK-wide network of signed walking and cycling paths connecting our cities, towns, and countryside.

The National Cycle Network brings huge benefits to the UK's economy and improves people's health and wellbeing. In 2017-18 an estimated:

4.4 million

people used the Network

786 million

walking and cycling trips were made on the Network

£2.5 billion

was spent in local businesses by leisure and tourist users

£88 million

was saved through reduced road congestion

Sustrans and the National Cycle Network

We are the National Cycle Network's custodian and work with our many partners and stakeholders to develop the Network across the UK.

The vast majority (98.5%) of the Network isn't owned by us but by a variety of landowners, local authorities and other bodies. They are supported in caring for it by our staff, volunteers and many of the communities the Network serves.

Find out more about our custodian role

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Our future vision for the National Cycle Network

Our vision is to create a UK-wide network of safe and accessible traffic-free paths for everyone. Find out more about our plans to inspire a long-term, exciting future for the Network in our Paths for Everyone review report.

Paths for Everyone

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Our volunteers on the National Cycle Network

We have thousands of volunteers up and down the UK who give their time to look after the routes in their area. Why not get involved? We always welcome an extra pair of helping hands. 

Join our volunteers

Looking to get out on the Network? We've got some handy tips for you.

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Enjoying the Network

Whatever your journey on the Network, we want it to be more than just a way of getting from A to B. We want it to be a memorable and uplifting experience.

To help you find your way, the Network is signed using blue signs with red number boxes. The number relates to the route you're following.

The delights you might encounter on your journey include public artworks, colourful mileposts, portrait benches, viewing points, and attractive resting places.

How to use the National Cycle Network
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Wildlife on the Network

Traffic-free paths away from roads are havens for wildlife, often bursting with wildflowers, bees, birds and other interesting species.

With our wildlife volunteers, we are working hard to conserve wildlife along these greenways and ensure biodiversity thrives. 

Where to spot autumn wildlife on the Network
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Shared-use paths

Nearly a third of the National Cycle Network is traffic-free and these paths are used by everyone from commuters and school children to dog walkers and joggers as well as people riding cycles. 

It's important to follow a few basic rules so that everyone can enjoy them as much as possible.

Advice about shared-use paths

The National Cycle Network is a success story and its earliest beginnings can be traced back to our own.

Help us shape our future plans

You can contribute to the future development of the Network by telling us what you think needs to improve. Your feedback will help inform and influence our longer-term plans to create a Network of paths for everyone. 

  • Continue to report issues on websites such as FixMyStreet
  • We are unable to respond to each comment individually but your input is valuable to us and the future of the Network.
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