The UK's favourite routes under 30 miles

The Monsal Trail

Travelling across a former Midland Railway viaduct at Miller's Dale on the Monsal Trail, Peak District. Photo © Phil Beard

Cycling through the woods on the Camel Trail, Cornwall

A tunnel of spring green on the Camel Trail in Cornwall

Cyclists on route 244 Bath Two Tunnels

A quick breather before heading into the UK's longest cycling tunnel on the Bath 2 Tunnels in Somerset

A sign for Hartfield on National Route 21 in East Sussex

The Cuckoo Trail starts in pretty Hartfield, East Sussex

Cyclist resting on Lodes Way, Cambridgeshire

Admiring views of Wicken Fen on the Lodes Way in Cambridgeshire

View of Barmouth Bridge on the Mawddach Trail, Gwynedd, Wales

Looking over the Barmouth Bridge on the Mawddach Trail, Gwynedd, Wales

Peregrine Path

Follow the stunning River Wye on the Peregrine Path. Photo © Ed Webster

Newry Canal

Views from the Newry Canal

The Aire Valley Towpath, West Yorkshire

Bingley's Five Rise Locks on the Aire Valley Towpath, West Yorkshire

Family cyclists on the Union Canal Path, Edinburgh

The Union Canal towpath, National Route 75 in Edinburgh

Back in 2015, we gathered together some of the most popular routes on the National Cycle Network and asked you to choose your favourite. The winner of the best route under 30 miles was:

The Winner: Monsal Trail, Peak District

One of the jewels in the crown of the Peak District National Park, this route travels from the historic market town of Bakewell through the stunning Peak District limestone dales. Through tunnels and dramatic viaducts, this route takes you past old quarries and nature reserves.
(Nominated by the YHA)

The other nominees in the 'Under 30 mile' category were:

Camel Trail, Cornwall

This beautiful route passes through the wooded countryside of the upper Camel Valley and alongside the picturesque Camel Estuary – an absolute paradise for birdwatchers.

Bath 2 Tunnels, Somerset

From the centre of picturesque Bath, this route takes you on a circular tour through the Somerset countryside.  Along the way, you pass the spectacular Dundas Aqueduct on the Kennet & Avon Canal and through the Combe Down Tunnel, the UK's longest cycling tunnel.

Cuckoo Trail, East Sussex

A peaceful tour through broadleaf woodland, open grassland and arable farmland, this gentle route gained its name from an old Sussex tradition of releasing a cuckoo at the Heathfield Fair.

Mawddach Trail, Gwynedd, Wales    

Taking you along the old Ruabon to Barmouth railway line from the historic town of Dolgellau to the popular seaside town of Barmouth, you'll be wowed by the stunning views of the Mawddach estuary and Cadair Idris.

Lodes Way, Cambridgeshire

The quiet, uncluttered landscape of the fens is showcased in all its glory on this route from Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve to Bottisham. Passing Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, the surrounding waterways are a haven for wildlife.

Peregrine Path, Wye Valley

Straddling the Wales/England border and following the River Wye, the route travels from pretty Monmouth in south east Wales to Goodrich in Herefordshire.

Newry Canal, County Armagh, Northern Ireland    

A canal side ride rich in wildlife that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  At Moneypenny's Lock, you can explore the history of the canal life with an exhibition and restored lightermen's bothy and stables.

Aire Valley Towpath, West Yorkshire

This perfect route takes in beautiful countryside, rich industrial history, stunning scenery, galleries, shops, museums and even Saltaire, a world heritage site.

Union Canal, Edinburgh Scotland    

Taking you from historic Edinburgh the trail quickly opens out into beautiful countryside, passing over spectacular aqueducts and under pretty bridges, through the towns of Broxburn and Linlithgow with its palace, and onto Falkirk.

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