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

  • The ride, starting a few miles north of Caerphilly, climbs gently from Hengoed Viaduct through Nelson and Trelewis to the climbing centre at Taff Bargoed.

  • The Ayot Greenway links Welwyn Garden City with Wheathampstead. Ideal for walking and cycling, this predominantly traffic-free route follows the former railway line that ran to Luton.

  • A great 50 mile ride through the Peak District, showcasing the beauty of this fantastic part of the UK.

  • This route takes in the stunning Derbyshire Dales countryside between Middleton Top and Parsley Hay.

  • Anybody who thinks Kent is flat might reconsider after this ride, which is not recommended for novice riders.

  • This route takes you from the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed to Holy Island, which lies just a few miles off the Northumberland Coast. Both an island and a picturesque village, Holy Island has a wealth of fascinating history and provides stunning coastal views.  For a longer ride, you can extend the route to Alnmouth, further down the coast.

  • This is a wonderful route that takes you from the bustling city of Kingston upon Hull, across beautiful agricultural landscapes, to the seaside resort of Hornsea. This route forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

  • A long distance ride that takes in the scenery of the east of England, ending up in the city of Hull on the Humber estuary.

  • This short, family friendly ride starts from Ingrebourne Hill and heads along the Ingrebourne Valley, through Hornchurch Country Park and finishes at Upminster Park.

  • The Inis Eoghain Cycleway is a 55km loop connecting The River Foyle in County Londonderry to Lough Swilly in Donegal.

  • This route provides a leisurely opportunity to explore the rolling hill country between Insch and the Gartly Moor to the west, with sweeping views over the Pictish province of The Garioch to Bennachie. 

  • Known as the capital of the Highlands, Inverness sits at the mouth of the River Ness and the junction of the Beauly Firth and the Moray Firth. This route takes you from the centre of Inverness to the market town of Dingwall using a mixture of roads and cycle paths.

  • This 169 mile route passes through some of the most remote landscapes in the U.K, including the ancient peat lands of the Flow Country in the former administrative counties of Caithness and Sutherland. In addition, the route forms part of the North Sea Cycle Route – an international cycle route through eight European countries. 

  • This route takes you from Ipswich, county town of Suffolk, to the charming town of Woodbridge using a mixture of on-road and traffic-free sections.

  • The New Town Trail is a 12 mile circular route of the Irvine and Kilwinning area incorporating part of National Route 73 and passing many local landmarks and areas of interest including wildlife reserves, Eglinton Country Park and Castle and the standing stones at Cairnmount Hill.

  • Probably best known these days for Britain's tallest building, Canary Wharf, the Isle of Dogs also has a rich history. Millwall and East India docks were once among London's most important trading sites, seeing trade of timber, liquor, fruit and vegetables and grain. 

  • This route provides a link between the Isle of Dogs and Stratford via a series of quieter roads and off-road paths. The beginning of the route along Manchester Road is fairly busy, so families travelling by bicycle may wish to start the route later on at East India DLR. Alternatively families may like to start their journey with a visit to the Mudchute Farm, which is located very close to the beginning of the route.

  • This route follows the towpath that runs east alongside the Regent's Canal, and provides an attractive family-friendly off-road link between Islington and Victoria Park.

  • This popular ride goes from the market town of Keighley, with its delightful steam railway, to Saltaire along the Aire Valley Greenway of the Leeds Liverpool canal towpath, taking in a wealth of industrial heritage on route.

  • Taking you from Kendal, the 'Gateway to the Lake District', this route travels to the Edwardian seaside resort of Grange-over-Sands, with views across to the Arndale and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  • With its gentle gradients and the close-up view of canal side life, this route is a wonderful way to explore this corner of Berkshire. Linking Newbury with the modern centre of Reading, the route follows the canal towpath, with an occasional on-road detour.

  • This historic canal links the Thames and the Bristol Channel, weaving through spectacular scenery on its way from Bath to Reading.

  • This recommended route is perfect for all ages and abilities and for walkers and wheelchair users as well as cyclists.

  • A fantastic family-friendly ride that takes you from the picturesque town of Keswick through come of the Lake District's loveliest scenery. Please note: One of the bridges on this route has been washed away in Storm Desmond.

  • The route starts just to the east of Kincardine Bridge and picks up the cycleway into Culross, a 17th Century town worth exploring. The route continues along the shore of the River Forth and past Preston Island. Continue on roads through Newmills and then back onto a cycleway around Torry Bay – with excellent bird watching. There is a steep climb up to Crombie before a cycleway and a drop down a rough road bring you to Charlestown. This route uses a small part of National Route 76.