If you want to explore some of the UK's best cities then these top 10 urban rides on the National Cycle Network are perfect for you. From the hustle and bustle of city centres to the tranquil green spaces just outside them, these routes showcase the diversity, culture and beauty of our great urban environments.
Are you looking for a ride that takes in beautiful countryside, rich industrial history, stunning scenery, galleries, shops, museums and the longest canal in the country?
Then the Aire Valley Towpath is for you! The route takes you through the vibrant city of Leeds and out past numerous attractions, the highlight of which has to be Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Comber Greenway ride follows along a tranquil green corridor all the way from the Titanic Quarter in East Belfast and out to Comber. The route is traffic free and runs along the old Belfast to Comber railway line. The trail is a haven for wildlife, with areas of nature conservation which run close to the beautiful River Enler.
The Liverpool Loop Line is a popular traffic-free wildlife route which runs from Halewood to Aintree and on to Southport. This fabulous walking and cycling route follows the old railway line and gives fantastic views of the city.
One of the best cities in the world, this is the ultimate urban ride. The Tower Bridge to Greenwich section of National Route 4 starts from the iconic bridge and weaves around the Thames through various parks and past docks, to Maritime Greenwich, taking in some of the best London landmarks.
Worcester and Droitwich Spa are fantastic cities with lots of historical buildings to explore. Worcester, famous for its Cathedral and Droitwich for its spa, medieval churches and half-timbered buildings are connected by two National Routes. You can either ride them individually, or make a day of it and combine them together to make a loop. Both routes are just under 10 miles and mainly flat, making them perfect for the inexperienced rider.
Cambridge is the quintessential British city, the Cambridge to Bottisham route follows the River Cam and takes you past many of its galleries, museums and college buildings. Although this is an urban route it leaves the city via some of its fantastic green spaces including Jesus Green, Midsummer Common, Stourbridge Common and Ditton Meadows.
This cycle route takes you on a great tour of Gateshead. Starting out at the BALTIC Gallery you will follow the banks of the River Tyne until you arrive at the Bill Quay Community Farm, a treasured green space on the edge of Gateshead.
The Cardiff Bay Trail is a must! It provides a fantastic opportunity to explore Cardiff Bays vibrant waterfronts cafes, bars and restaurants; heritage sites and array of fantastic activities at the new International Sports Village.
The Peterborough Green Wheel is a network of routes in and around the city created as part of a Millennium project. The route takes you on a loop through the city centre and out to Ferry Meadows Country Park and back again.
This route takes you from the beautiful city of Edinburgh and its many historical and architectural delights to South Queensferry and then across the impressive Forth Road Bridge.