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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