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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 combination of woodlands, chalk downland, rolling fields and small villages, the North Hampshire countryside is a superb area for cycling. This route starts at Festival Place in the centre of Basingstoke, goes through the War Memorial Park and then heads south along traffic calmed roads and a newly created cycle path to Hatch Warren.  

  • Explore some of the South East's rich history along the Centurion Way, which takes you past two archeological sites at Devils Ditch and Brandy Hole Copse.

  • The route does feature some hills, with a 61m (200ft) climb out of Canterbury and an undulating middle section. However, there are fine views over Whitstable from the highest point of the ride.

  • This great route takes you from Crawley to the bustling seaside town of Brighton.
     

  • The Cuckoo Trail is one of the most popular family cycle rides in the South East and gained its name from an old Sussex tradition of releasing a cuckoo at the Heathfield Fair.

  • This wonderful coastal route begins on the sea wall opposite Margate station and then winds westwards past spectacular chalk cliffs, sandy beaches, rock pools and bays on the way to Reculver. The whole route is passable on foot subject to tides, but cyclists have a short section on a clifftop road if they don't want to carry their bikes or get their feet wet.

  • This route offers you numerous links to The Ridgeway and the Berkshire Downs.

  • 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?

  • Showcasing some of the best the east of England has to offer, this long distance route takes you through the historic town of Norwich and end up in the pretty seaside town of Harwich on the Essex coast.

  • Running from East Grinstead to Groombridge, the Forest Way is a shared-use path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. 

  • 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.
     

  • 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 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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 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.
     
     

  • 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.

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