Long distance rides in England

Cyclists on a narrow road

Waskerley Way route, Consett, County Durham, England, part of the Sea to Sea (C2C) Route

Cyclists on bridge

Lambley Viaduct, Northumberland, part of National Route 68.

cyclist on beach

Beach on Coast and Castles South route, North Sea Cycle Route, National Route 1.

There are some fantastic long distance cycle routes in England, from dramatic peaks to serene coastline there's a ride to suit everyone. Below is our extensive list of long distance bike routes on the Network in England.

Avenue Verte (NCN Routes 4, 20, 21 and 2)

Starting at the London Eye and ending at Notre Dame, the 250-mile route takes riders on a challenging but rewarding journey through towns, villages and beautiful countryside on both sides of the Channel.

C2C (Sea to Sea) (NCN Routes 7 and 71)

The UK's most popular challenge cycle route passing through the northern Lake District before climbing the Pennines, and descending to the railway paths of County Durham.

Coast & Castles South (NCN Route 1)

The Coast and Castles South cycle route links the Forth and Tyne estuaries, joining Newcastle and Edinburgh via miles of unspoilt coastline and some of Britain's best built and natural heritage.

Cornish Way (NCN Routes 3 and 32)

Land's End to Bude. The route splits at Truro - one braid going via Padstow, the other via St Austell. They join again at Bodmin.

Derby to York (NCN Routes 6 and 62)

A fantastic long distance route that takes you from the East Midlands town of Derby right up to the historic, walled city of York.

Devon Coast to Coast (NCN Route 27)

This coast to coast route combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of evocative West Country rivers.

Downs and Weald (NCN Routes 2, 20 and 21)

This long distance route takes you from London to Hastings. If the full 164 miles is too daunting, why not try a shorter section?

Fakenham to Harwich (NCN Route 1)

Showcasing some of the best the east of England has to offer, this long distance route takes you through the historic town of Norwich and end up in the pretty seaside town of Harwich on the Essex coast.

Garden of England (NCN Routes 1, 2 and 18)

The route follows the coast to the Cinque port of Sandwich to the north of Dover, and to Hythe and Romney to the south.

Hadrian's Cycleway (NCN Route 72)

A ride through some of England’s most dramatic and wild countryside, taking in magnificent coastal views, breathtaking countryside and Roman forts.

Hull to Fakenham (NCN Route 1)

A long distance ride that takes in the scenery of the east of England, ending up in the city of Hull on the Humber estuary.

Land's End to John o'Groats (LEJOG)

Land’s End to John o’Groats is an iconic long distance ride. It spans the length of mainland UK from the gorgeous beaches of Cornwall to the stunning countryside of northern Scotland.

Pennine Cycleway (North Pennines) (NCN Route 68)

The route takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes and unspoilt countryside that England has to offer, including the Eden valley, the North Pennines and the Northumberland National Park.

Pennine Cycleway (South Pennines) (NCN Route 68)

A beautiful, yet challenging ride, that takes you through the dramatic scenery of the Pennines.

Pennine Cycleway (Peak District) (NCN Routes 68, 6, 62 and 67)

The Pennine Cycleway is a long distance route between Derby and Berwick-upon-Tweed. The first (or last) stage of the route is between Derby and Holmfirth and is known as the Pennine Cycleway - Peak District.

Reivers Cycle Route (NCN Routes 7, 10, 68, 71 and 72)

The Reivers Route is a 173-mile coast-to-coast cycle route from Tynemouth to Whitehaven through unspoilt Northumberland and the Kielder Forest. The route takes in Carlisle and the Lake District and provides a great alternative or return route for the Sea to Sea (C2C) Route.

Severn & Thames (inc Kennet & Avon Cycle Route) (NCN Routes 4 and 41)

This route takes you from the border with Wales and the tranquillity of the Severn, to the Avon Valley and on over the Wiltshire downs, into the Thames Valley at Newbury and on to Reading.

South Midlands (NCN Routes 6 and 51)

A route through the heart of England, undulating farmlands and market towns, linking major cities of Derby, Leicester, historic Oxford and modern Milton Keynes.

Thames Valley (NCN Routes 4 and 5)

The route travels out of Central London and takes you to Oxford via Windsor and Reading.

Three Rivers (NCN Routes 1, 7, 72 and 14)

This long distance route connects Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Durham, Consett, Newcastle and South Shields.

Trans Pennine Trail - Central (NCN Route 67)

The central section of the Trans Pennine Trail covers a whole network of routes, linking the major urban centres of the region including Sheffield, Rotherham, Wakefield and Barnsley.

Trans Pennine Trail - East (NCN Routes 62 and 65)

A great long distance route that takes you from Sprotbrough to Hornsea via Selby and Hull.  There is also a Selby to York link.

Trans Pennine Trail - West (NCN Route 62)

This section of the Trans Pennine Trail travels between Southport and Penistone via Liverpool and Stockport. The Western section includes the Liverpool Loop line and the Cheshire Lines path and passes through the Peak District National park.

Walney to Wear & Whitby (W2W) (National Routes 70 and 165)

This 151-mile challenge route links Walney Island on the Southwestern tip of Cumbria's Irish Sea coast with the mouth of the River Wear on the North Sea coast [or Whitby], following National Route 70 [and National Route 165].

Way of the Roses

A spectacular coast to coast cycle route passing through both the red rose county of Lancashire and the white rose county of Yorkshire.

West Country Way (NCN Route 3)

From Cornwall to the River Avon the route takes you through the varied landscapes of the West Country.

West Midlands Cycle Route (NCN Routes 5 and 54)

A journey through rural and urban landscapes at the heart of England.

Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route (NCN Route 66)

The route heads west from Beverley to Market Weighton and Pocklington, as far north as Malton, across to Bridlington in the east and then back through Driffield, passing through 47 East Riding towns and villages.