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With hundreds of routes to choose from, the National Cycle Network is a great way to discover the UK. 

  • This route is a short section of the Caledonia Way (National Route 78) from Fort William to Gairlochy. The route lets you explore the western end of the Great Glen along the banks of the Caledonian Canal, with marvellous views of the north face of Ben Nevis.

  • National Route 78

    This 66 mile route from Fort William to Inverness is part of the Caledonia Way. Travelling the length of the Great Glen, the first part of the route follows a combination of canal towpath, forest road and cycle path between Fort William and Fort Augustus, while the second part mainly uses quiet roads to the east of Loch Ness, before ending at Inverness Castle. A real Highland adventure!

  • Cycle across Scotland from Gourock on the Firth of Clyde to the spectacular city of Edinburgh on the Union and the Forth and Clyde Canals.

  • Connecting Derry City to the border towns of Lifford and Strabane this cycle route is a mixture of traffic free paths and quiet country roads and lanes which crosses between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

  • National Route 150

    This short, traffic free route travels along the Essex coastline, with stunning views out to sea. 

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

  • This delightful traffic-free route travels from the small town of Garforth just outside Leeds through lovely countryside, passing a nature reserve and an RSPB site, along a river and canal ending at Woodlesford station.

  • This beautiful route links the towns of Irvine, Kilwinning and Kilbirnie.

  • A brilliant ride for the whole family which offers lots of places to stop along the way for play and refreshments. 

  • This great route takes you from the quaint town of Gillingham in Dorset to Warminster in Wiltshire.

  • A short circular ride around some of Glasgow's historic waterways including the Forth and Clyde Canal, The Glasgow City Branch Canal and the River Kelvin.  During the 19th Century, the Forth and Clyde Canal was a vital trade route between the East and West Coast of Scotland; canal barges carried much needed goods to the towns and cities along the Central Belt.  

  • Linking Bletchley to the ancient market town of Leighton Buzzard, this route follows the Grand Union Canal towpath.

  • A 10.25-mile circular route which takes you from the ferry terminal on the Isle of Cumbrae in an anticlockwise direction (you can also go in a clockwise direction) passing through the Victorian seaside resort of Millport, at the south end of the island, before returning to the ferry terminal. The route is mainly flat and has fantastic views of the Ayrshire coast, the Firth of Clyde ( including the Isle of Bute, the Isle of Arran, Argyll and Ailsa Craig).

  • The Great North Way is a 32 mile route which takes you from town into countryside using quiet lanes and traffic free sections.

  • The Great Northern Railway Trail is a work in progress, but the completion of the first section over two spectacular viaducts opens up the potential for day rides in this beautiful corner of Bronte country.

  • This mostly traffic-free route links Great Shelford with Waterbeach via the attractive city of Cambridge.

  • The Great Western Way is a predominantly flat cycle route along canals, rivers and through vales from Bristol to London. Start in Bristol, a city forever associated with Isambard Kingdom Brunel and cycle the 168-mile ride to a museum dedicated to the Victorian engineer’s life on the banks of the River Thames.

  • This route is just over 9 miles and runs close to the A406 for much of its distance but avoids its noise, pollution and danger. It mostly follows off road pass and quiet roads and goes through some beautiful parks in inner northwest London in the boroughs of Hounslow, Ealing and Brent. It can be a pleasure ride (Gunnersbury and Gladstone parks are very fine) or it can be part of a safe commuter route which avoids a busy road. It emerged from the Greenways audit work currently under way and shows just how much is already in place.

  • A quietway to the Olympic Park, this route starts at Finsbury Park and connects to Victoria Park via Clissold Park, Hackney Downs and Well Street Common. On road sections are generally quiet and residential, but there are some tricky crossings.

  • NCN 72

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

  • This section of National Route 4 passes some of the highlights of southwest London. 

  • The route south from Oxford to Abingdon takes you through traffic-calmed streets before joining the off road path parallel with the railway line. Traffic free paths take you across parkland to the heart of the attractive town of Abingdon. From there the route goes via the beautiful village of Sutton Courtenay arriving in Didcot by the railway station.

  • This traffic-free route takes you from the Nottinghamshire village of Harby into the ancient city of Lincoln.

  • This fantastic traffic-free coastal cycle route is ideal for beginner cyclists that want to ride away from motorised traffic. The route runs alongside a railway line, linking two existing paths to complete a 5km traffic free route that offers fantastic seaside views along the way.

  • This scenic ride takes you from the bustling town of Hebden Bridge along National Route 66 on a mainly traffic-free waterside path following the towpaths of the Rochdale Canal and the Calder and Hebble Navigation, and along quiet country lanes, to the market town of Brighouse.  It's easy to extend the route for those wanting a longer ride.