Sustrans Greener Greenways

cyclist on rural cycle path

Sustrans has begun a large-scale project to survey, protect and enhance biodiversity along some of the traffic-free sections of the National Cycle Network.

The routes are owned or managed by Sustrans and are spread out across England, Wales and Scotland.

South East 

  • Phoenix Trail (Route 57). This trail has traffic-free cycle rides, tranquil paths to amble with your dog, safe areas to teach your child to ride and an installation of 30 artworks. The greener greenway runs between (Thame and Princes Risborough.
  • Didcot to Upton (Routes 5 & 544). This greener greenway incorporates the southern section of the Hanson Way and extends south of Didcot along part of the tranquil route 544 towards Upton, offering views across the Thames Valley.
  • Canterbury (Routes 18 & 1). This greener greenway includes parts of the traffic-free Great Stour Way, the picturesque Fordwich Way and the undulating Crab & Winkle Way, which gives fine views over Whitstable.

South West 

  • Colliers Way (Route 24). This path between Dundas Aqueduct, Radstock and Frome makes use of disused railway lines and quiet country lanes through picturesque Somerset countryside. The greener greenway runs between Frome and Radstock.
  • Stop Line Way (Route 33). Work is ongoing to upgrade this route linking Bristol with the south coast. The greener greenway takes in sections from Bawdrip to Cossington and from Bawdrip to Chedzoy.
  • Bath Two Tunnels (Route 24). This 13-mile circular route takes in the iconic Bath Two Tunnels. The route also follows the Kennet & Avon Canal. The greener greenway runs between Bath and Wellow.
  • Plym Valley Trail (Route 27). One of Devon’s best tourist cycling and walking routes, the trail has now been incorporated into Drakes Trail and is part of the 99-mile long Devon Coast to Coast route. The greener greenway runs between Plymouth and Tavistock.
  • Swindon (Routes 45 & 482). This peaceful, traffic-free route follows the railway path south of Swindon to provide an alternative route through the North Wessex Downs. The greener greenway links Chiseldon and Marlborough.

East Midlands

  • Derby Canal Path and Cloud Trail (Route 6). This route follows the River Derwent from Derby to Worthington and Cloud Quarry.The greener greenway is between Sinfin Moor Lane, Derby and Breedon Lane, Worthington.
  • Harby to Lincoln (Route 64). This old railway line takes you from the Nottinghamshire village of Harby into the ancient city of Lincoln. The greener greenway covers the entire route from Station Road, Harby to Foss Bank, Lincoln.
  • Newark to Cotham (Route 64). The route follows the trackbed of the old Newark to Bottesford railway, providing a link between the pretty market town of Newark and the nearby village of Cotham. The greener greenway runs the entire length of the route between Beacon Hill Road, Newark-on-Trent and Station Cottages, Cotham.
  • Nutbrook Trail (Route 67). This route is a 10-mile traffic free path between Long Eaton, Shipley Country Park and Heanor. The greener greenway runs between Straw’s Bridge, Ilkeston and Erewash Canal, Sandiacre.
  • Water Rail Way (Route 1). This route travels from Lincoln and passes Washingborough, Bardney and Southrey on the way to Kirkstead Bridge. The greener greenway covers the entire route starting at Waterside South, Lincoln and finishing at Witham Road, Kirkstead Bridge.
  • Brampton Valley Way (Route 6). This 14-mile route travels between Market Harborough and Northampton.

West Midlands

  • West Midlands Cycle Route (Route 5). This is a long distance route and the project focuses on the greenway between Mill Lane in Walsall to Station Road in Pelsall.
  • Lias Line (Route 4). This attractive route links Rugby and Leamington Spa passing pretty villages, wildlife reserves, reservoirs and canals. The greener greenway runs between Fosse Way near Offchurch and Coventry Road, Cawston.
  • Kenilworth Greenway (Route 523). This short, 2-mile route links Kenilworth and Burton Green.
  • Stratford Greenway (Route 5). The Stratford Greenway links the attractive town of Stratford-upon-Avon with the village of Long Marston.
  • Offchurch Greenway (Route 41). This greenway was formerly part of the Leamington to Rugby railway line and offers exceptional views across South Warwickshire along its one and a half miles.

North West

  • Chester Railway Path (Route 5). This route connects the historic town of Chester to the Wharf at Connah's Quay. The greener greenway runs the entire route starting from Lime Wood Fields, Chester to Dock Road, Connah’s Quay.
  • Fallowfield Loopline (Route 6). This urban route takes you from Chorlton-cum-Hardy to Debdale. The greener greenway runs from St. Werburgh’s Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy to Booth Road, Fairfield.
  • Hadrian's Cycleway (Route 72). This route runs from Ravenglass to South Shields. The greener greenway can be found between Workington and Seaton.
  • Liverpool Loopline (Route 62). The greener greenway runs the lenght of this popular traffic-free route from Halewood to Aintree and on to Southport.
  • Route 626. This route connects Chadderton with Hyde via Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne. The greener greenway runs from Lordsfields Avenue, Ashton-under-Lyne to Alt Hill Lane, Oldham.
  • Trans Pennine Trail West (Route 62). This route travels between Southport and Penistone via Liverpool and Stockport.  The greener greenway runs between Brookfold Lane, Godley to Apethorn Lane, Hyde.
  • Whitehaven to Sheriff's Gate, Rowrah (Route 71). The greener greenway travels the full lenght of the route from Whitehaven to Sheriff's Gate.

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • Derby to York. (Route 65). This long distance route takes you from Derby right up to the historic, walled city of York. The greener greenway can be found between Skelton and Riccall.
  • Spen Valley Greenway (Route 66). The route uses a disused railway line running near the River Spen to link the towns of Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike and Bradford.
  • Way of the Roses (Route 69). This long route travels between Lancashire and Yorkshire. The greener greenway runs between Wiggington Road, York to Metcalfe Lane, Osbaldwick.
  • Penistone to Dunford Bridge (Route 62). This beautiful, traffic-free ride takes you from the busy market town of Penistone to the rolling moors of the Peak District at Dunford Bridge. It also forms part of the long distance Trans Pennine Trail.

Wales

  • Brunel Trail - Pembroke (Route 4). The route travels from Neyland to Haverfordwest. The greener greenway runs from Johnston to Haverfordwest along a newly-built path which runs parallel to the railway.
  • The Green Lady Trail (Route 4). The route travels from Caerphilly to Machen. The greener greenway is found between Bedwas and Machen.
  • Celtic Trail East (Route 4). The Celtic Trail covers 377 miles (in its entirety) of the most diverse scenery in Wales, taking you from the eastern 'Gateway to Wales' at the Severn Bridge, Chepstow, to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in the West. The greener greenway runs from Porth to Pontypridd.
  • Clydach Gorge (Route 46). The greener greenway travels the length of this route between Llanfoist, just to the south of Abergavenny, and Brynmawr, passing high above the Clydach Gorge.
  • Llantrisant Loop (Route 8). This route travels between Treforest and Pontydun. The greener greenway is between Treforest and Toneg. 
  • Route 46.  This 80-mile route connects Droitwich Spa to Neath. The greener greenway runs between Dukestown to Nant-y-bwch.
  • Route 466. When complete, Route 466 will connect the Heads of the Valley with Pontypool. The greener greenway runs from near Llanhilleth to Swffryd.
  • Swiss Valley Cycle Route (Route 47). The route travels between Llanelli and Tumble passing Sandy Water Park, Llanelli Rugby Ground and the Felinfoel Brewery. The greener greenway starts at Bryn Road, Llanelli and continues to Pantyffynnon Farm, Tumble.
  • Taff Trail (Route 8). This 55-mile route starts in Cardiff and finishes in Brecon. You can find the greener greenway between Cardiff Road, Taff’s Well and Caerphilly Road, Nantgarw.
  • Three Parks Trail (Route (47). This is a lovely green, traffic-free path through the valleys. The greener greenway runs from Hengoed Viaduct to Penallta Road.

Scotland

  • Dalmuir to Milton (Route 7). This route is part of the National Route 7 connecting Sunderland and Inverness. The greenway between Dalmuir and Milton follows a canal tow path along the Forth and Clyde canal and a track-bed of the disused Lanarkshire and Dunbartonshire railway line.
  • Paisley to Kilbirnie (Route 7). This route is part of the National Route 7, connecting Sunderland and Inverness. The greenway between Paisley and Kilbirnie follows the trackbeds of two disuses railway lines; the Paisley Canal railway line and the Dalry and North Johnstone line, also known as the Lochwinnoch Loop line.
  • Airdrie to Bathgate (Route 75). This route is part of the National Route 75, connecting Leith (Edinburgh) with Portavadie in Argyll and Bute. The greenway between Airdrie and Bathgate is a new greenway, constructed as a replacement for the original cycle path, closed in 2008 to allow construction of the railway line, which opened in 2010.
  • Dalmarnock to Westburn (Route 75). This route is part of the national Route 75, connecting Leith (Edinburgh) with Portavadie in Argyll and Bute. The greenway between Dalmarnock and Westburn initially coincides with the Clyde walkway along the River Clyde, before it turns away from the river and follows the trackbed of the disused railway line through Westburn.
  • Alloa to Dollar (Route 767). This route is part of National Cycle Network Route 767 in Clackmannanshire.
  • Alva to Tillicoultry (Route 768). This route is part of National Cycle Network Route 768 in Clackmannanshire.
  • Longniddry to Haddington (Route 76). This route is part of National Cycle Network Route 76 in East Lothian.
  • Dalkeith to Whitecraig (Route 1). This is part of National Cycle Network Route 1 in East Lothian and Midlothian.
  • Crossgatehall to Pencaitland (Route 196). This route is part of National Cycle Network Route 196 in East Lothian and Midlothian.
  • Penicuik to Bonnyrigg (Route 196). This route is part of National Cycle Network Route 196 in Midlothian.
  • Whiteinch to Dalmuir (Route 7). This is part of National Cycle Network Route 7 in Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire.
  • Perth to Almondbank (Route 77). This is part of National Cycle Network Route 77 in Perth and Kinross.

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