Using the Network

ncn route number sign

Route numbering system

The signs show the number of the route that is being followed. National route numbers are shown against a red patch and regional route numbers are shown against a blue patch.

girls walking on a NCN route

Most signs and markings relating to cyclists are self-explanatory, but it’s worth familiarising yourself with some of the more common ones.

A girl cycling over a shared-use bridge

Shared-use paths are a great way to get around by bike, but they’re also used by many other people.
It’s important to follow a few basic rules so that everyone can enjoy them as much as possible.

cyclists in London

If you follow some simple road safety advice the roads don’t have to be a dangerous place to cycle.

NCN geocaching

Our policy on Geocache activities on the National Cycle Network

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 routes have lots of things to see and do along the way.

cyclist admiring route view

Love the National Cycle Network? Sponsor your favourite mile and help us keep it in top condition.

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.