Celebrating 20 years of the Network


Last year we celebrated 20 years of the National Cycle Network

Family cycling

Thousands attended our celebration events and volunteer led rides...

Union Canal

...and voted for their favourite route on the National Cycle Network.

2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the National Cycle Network.  We spent the year celebrating and saying thank you to all the people who helped us to develop it, the thousands of volunteers who work to maintain it, and the millions of people who enjoy it every day.

The year was a great success and showed just how many people use and love the National Cycle Network everyday. 

The history

In September 1995 the Millennium Commission placed their faith in what was, at the time, a small charity, awarding us £42.5 million to create our vision of a UK-wide network of high-quality, convenient walking and cycling routes. The Network has demonstrated that providing safe, attractive walking and cycling networks is a crucial way to give people the confidence they need to leave their car at home and walk and cycle more. 

The future

We’re proud of what the Network has achieved. It’s a great step in the right direction, but we know there is still so much to do.  We need to see more investment in developing and maintaining walking and cycling networks to ensure that the walking and cycling revolution continues to grow. 

Get involved

Discover the National Cycle Network

Whether you walk, cycle, run or ride a horse, there's plenty of opportunity for adventure and getting involved!

children cycling

Cycling is a great way to have fun as a family and these rides have lots of things to see and do along the way. 

Find out about the fantastic artwork we have on the National Cycle Network and where you can spot it.

volunteers on the NCN

Check out our volunteer vacancies in your area.

kids out on a bike ride

Your donations will help maintain the National Cycle Network and provide safer routes for everyone to enjoy.