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
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 our more about our custodian role
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.
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.
In the face of a national climate and ecological emergency, traffic-free paths have the power to improve biodiversity and protect wildlife.
Looking to get out on the Network? We've got some handy tips for you.
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
Traffic-free paths away from roads are ideal places to take the family for a walk or cycle. With picnic spots, artworks and more, there's plenty to see and do.
We've picked out some of the most scenic traffic-free routes on the Network across the UK to inspire your next family day out.Traffic-free family rides
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.