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

  • 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.

  • This popular and attractive ride begins in vibrant Leeds and winds its way out of the city along the traffic-free towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The route is full of historic interest and some surprisingly scenic countryside.

  • This is a largely traffic-free cycle link from Leicester City Centre to the tranquil Watermead Park. This route begins in Bede park and runs for 7.5 miles north out of the city, through Watermead Park, and over the fantastic Wreake cycle bridge to Syston Road.   

  • Although National Route 6 is still being developed this easy ride takes you along the traffic free towpath of the Grand Union Canal.

  • The Loop Line is a popular traffic free, wildlife route running from Halewood to Aintree and on to Southport on the Cheshire lines path. This fabulous walking and cycling route follows the old railway line.

  • The Lodes Way is a 9 mile route from the stunning Wicken Fen Nature Reserve to Bottisham, and forms part of National Route 11. 

  • The ride starts at the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage site and takes you under the Thames via the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. You will arrive at the Isle of Dogs, formerly the thriving London dock area and now home to Canary Wharf Tower and the largest urban farm in Europe - Mudchute Park and Farm.

  • Starting in Ulverston and finishing in Barrow in Furness, this ride is a great way to discover this beauty of Cumbria's landscape. This section of the longer Walney to Wear route takes you through the rich pastureland of Low Furness.

  • Linking Luton with Leighton Buzzard, this route travels along the chalk grasslands around Dunstable and takes you on the traffic free Sewell Greenway.

  • This could be the ideal undemanding ride. It is fairly flat, the railway stations at either end are one stop apart, and much of it is not on the road.

  • This Coast to Coast route starts on the Atlantic Coast at Portreath, once an important harbour for the surrounding mines, and finishes at the picturesque harbour village of Devoran.

  • The Monsal Trail is a stunning traffic free cycle route right in the heart of the Peak District National Park, starting just north of Bakewell. 
     

  • This ride follows a section of the railway line between Brockenhurst and Wimborne which was known as Castleman's Corkscrew

  • This on-road route takes you through the New Forest National Park, from the Hampshire town of Hythe on the shore of Southampton Water, to the bustling Dorset town of Christchurch.

  • The route follows the trackbed of the old Newark to Bottesford railway, providing a traffic-free, green corridor between the pretty market town of Newark and the nearby village of Cotham.

  • A fantastic 10 mile, traffic free route that takes you through the 700 acre Shipley Country Park. 
     

  • This circular route takes-in Osterley Park and the Brentford arm of the Grand Union Canal.

  • This is a perfect family ride that takes you from the historic city of Oxford out to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

  • Parkland Walk connects Highgate to Finsbury Park along the course of the old railway which once connected to Alexandra Palace. It is a local nature reserve which has recently been restored. This is a pedestrian priority path and cyclists must ride carefully and give way.

  • 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. Fully surfaced, and so ideal for children, the path follows the route of the old Great Central Railway, winding through glorious countryside, with stunning views across the valley, and a wealth of wild flowers.

  • The route takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes and unspoilt countryside that England has to offer, including the Eden valley, the North Pennines and the Northumberland National Park.

  • The Pennine Cycleway is a long distance route between Derby and Berwick-upon-Tweed. The first (or last) stage of the route is between Derby and Holmfirth and is known as the Pennine Cycleway - Peak District.

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