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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 an easy-to-follow ride or walk along a raised Greenway from the docklands at Beckton right to the heart of Stratford, meaning that anyone heading along this route can easily avoid the traffic.

  • Enjoy a tour of the East End of London with this varied route, starting in the light industrial area of Beckton, taking in the Thames as you head west and up to Stratford High Street.

  • Take in some of the best sights North-East London has to offer on this scenic route that provides a nearly entirely traffic-free route from Waltham Forest all the way to Stratford.

  • This ride links two of south London's nicest parks, Brockwell and Dulwich, via quiet streets.

  • This route follows the popular Limehouse Cut, an off-road greenway that links Limehouse to Stratford, making this the ideal route for families or less confident cyclists.

  • This route is approx. 10 miles and is a circle from Turnham Green, through Acton Park, Wormwood Scrubs, North Kensington, Holland Park, Ravenscourt Park and back to Turnham Green again, thus linking a number of green spaces. As it is a circular route it can be started at various points, or even reversed.

  • Starting at East Croydon Station the route uses residential roads to connect with the Addiscombe Railway Park, Croydon Council's newest park following the line of an old railway and offering a wide traffic free route, perfect for novice cyclists.

  • National Route 21

    This long distance route takes you from London to Hastings. If the full 164 miles is too daunting, why not try a shorter section?

  • Ride the borough like a local and avoid the traffic jams by cycling along this network of off-road routes, linked by pleasant residential streets and see Hackney in a different light as you sail through two of the area's finest green spaces, Clissold and Victoria Parks.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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 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.

  • 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. 

  • National Route 1

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