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

  • 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.

  • A beautiful, yet challenging ride, that takes you through the dramatic scenery of the Pennines.

  • Enjoy wild flowers, wooded countryside and fine views on this route which takes you along a flat, former railway line to the beach and harbour at Pentewan.

  • The route is named the Green Wheel because it circles the city with ‘spokes' leading from the perimeter route into the city centre.

  • The Phoenix Trail has something to suit everyone, whether it's a quick, traffic-free cycle ride between Princes Risborough and Thame, a tranquil path to amble along with your dog on a summer's evening, somewhere safe to teach your child to ride their first bicycle, or a connecting route for horses to get on and off the Ridgeway at Bledlow. 

  • This route was devised in 2011 as a cycle pilgrimage with a theme of ‘Caring for the Environment’ and timed to coincide with the Ride and Stride Day in September. The pilgrimage route is open to all and makes a very pleasant and energetic day out!

  • Before 2000 Rainham Marshes was used as a military firing range, but since then the area has been transformed by the RSPB as a great place for nature and for people to visit. This flat and traffic-free route around the marshes can either be done as a one-way route starting at Rainham and finishing at Purfleet, or as a slightly longer circular ride.

  • NCN 5, NCN 81, NCN 62

    This ride links Birmingham City Centre with Cannon Hill Park and King's Norton Park via the Rea Valley.

  • This route uses National Cycle Network 23 to take you from Hampshire into Berkshire. The route is largely traffic free between Basingstoke Town Centre and Chineham, and then follows quiet lanes passing Silchester and then through West Berkshire and on to Reading.

  • The Isle of Wight is a perfect size for exploring by bike. As it has no through traffic its lanes are pretty quiet, and it is blessed with a mild climate and largely unspoiled countryside - nearly half of the island is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  • This great route follows National Route 5 - taking you from bustling Redditch to the town of Shakespeare's birth, Stratford-Upon-Avon. 

  • The Reivers Route is a 173-mile coast-to-coast cycle route from Tynemouth to Whitehaven through unspoilt Northumberland and the Kielder Forest. The route takes in Carlisle and the Lake District and provides a great alternative or return route for the Sea to Sea (C2C) Route.

  • This route showcases some of the best that Bristol and its surrounds has to offer. Taking in the Avon Gorge, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Leigh Woods and the historic Queens Square, this route takes you onto Portishead, where you get to enjoy great views over the water towards Wales.

  • A great cycle ride which travels between Lake Windermere and Kendal - a must for anyone visiting the North West. You can also extend the route all the way to the seaside resort of Grange-over-Sands.

  • This route takes you from Lancaster to Kendal through attractive canal-side villages with panoramic views across Morecambe Bay.

  • This  route connects Woodford to Ilford via a mixture of pleasant traffic free paths and short on road sections. Despite following the M11-A406 corridor, the route is surprisingly quiet and passes peaceful areas with a real countryside feel. 

  • This 15 mile, largely traffic free route travels between Beamish and the Sunderland Coast at Roker Beach.

  • The ride begins at Rottingdean on a path between the A259 and the sea, with the ups and downs and spectacular views you would expect from a clifftop path. The path takes you down to Brighton Marina, where luxury yachts are moored alongside small pleasure craft, and into the vibrant and cosmopolitan town of Brighton.

  • National Route 1

    A long distance cycle route connecting Dover and the Shetland Islands - via the east coast of England and Scotland.

  • National Route 10

    National Route 10 of the National Cycle Network connects Cockermouth and North Shields via the Kielder Forest and Carlisle.

  • National Route 11

    National Route 11 of the National Cycle Network will connect Harlow in Essex with Wigginhall St Germans (south of King's Lynn) in Norfolk via Cambridge and Ely. Harlow to Stanstead Mountfitchet and Waterbeach to Wicken are still under development, along with a link to Saffron Walden.

  • National Route 12

    When complete, this route will run from Enfield Lock in north London to Spalding via Stevenage, St Neots and Peterborough.

  • National Route 125

    Route 125 runs north-south through Dartford and is an attractive, traffic free path for walkers and cyclists.

  • National Route 13

    When complete, this route will connect Tower Bridge in London with Fakenham in Norfolk.

  • National Route 136

    Route 136 connects Rainham and the village of Noak Hill via Upminster.