To celebrate 20 years of the National Cycle Network we gathered together some of the most popular routes on the National Cycle Network and asked you to choose your favourite long distance cycle route.
The Winner: Trans Pennine Trail
“ This is a fantastic achievement for all our partners, supporters and users. I am sure that this prestigious award will help raise the profile of the Trail and the fantastic work done by everyone involved. Thank you to everyone who voted. ”
This exciting route links the North and Irish seas, passing through the Pennines, alongside rivers and canals and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England. It’s also largely traffic free so perfect for first time tourers.
The other top picks in the Long Distance category were:
Commonly regarded at the most popular long distance ride in the UK. The C2C takes you all the way from Irish Sea to the North Sea. You can start at either Whitehaven or Workington and then travel to Newcastle or Sunderland.
A spectacular coast to coast cycle route which was created to celebrate 15 years of the National Cycle Network passes through both the red rose county of Lancashire and the white rose county of Yorkshire.
This route combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of evocative West Country rivers. Skirting round the western flank of Dartmoor and offering superb views of Cornwall, the route travels across the breathtaking viaducts and bridges bequeathed by Victorian railway engineers.
A glorious route that travels between Land's End and Bude. Travelling past stunning coastline, through the history and heritage of pretty towns and fishing villages and over wild and captivating moors, it’s impossible not to fall in love with Cornwall.
A ride through some of England’s most dramatic and wild countryside, taking in magnificent coastal views, and Roman forts. Starting at Glannaventa Roman Bath House, Ravenglass and ending at Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum at South Shields this route is perfect for history buffs.
Taking in three mountain ranges, this route is tough but worth all the effort. From the rural lanes of Anglesey and the woodlands of Coed-y-Brenin Forest, to the valley of the River Wye and the panoramic views through the Black Mountains, this route really has it all.
Stretching from the Irish Sea to the English Border, this epic route takes in the stunning Pembrokeshire coast, the rural countryside of Carmarthenshire, and the picturesque valleys of south Wales, which powered the industrial revolution. The route shows the diversity of Welsh culture and history as well as some of Wales’ finest tourist attractions.
This route adventurous cyclists the chance to explore the spectacular peninsula of Kintyre, Knapdale and Lorn. Truly challenging, requiring ferry trips, many steep gradients, but wow, the rewards are magnificent! Along the way, there are fantastic views of the islands of Jura and Arran, with pretty harbours, castles, abbeys and ancient stones to explore.
This cycle route links the Forth and Tyne estuaries, joining Newcastle and Edinburgh via miles of unspoiled coastline and some of Britain's best built and natural heritage.