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

  • The Kingfisher Cycle Trail follows minor country roads through the border counties of Fermanagh, Leitrim, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan forming a rough 'figure of 8' that takes in many Loughs from Lower Lough Erne in the north, to Lough Allen and Upper Lough Erne in the south.

  • The Lagan and Lough Cycle Way is a level, traffic-free cycle ride or walk connecting Lisburn, Belfast and Jordanstown.

  • 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.   

  • A 24 mile cycle route stretching from the northern Sperrins foothills at Foreglen, through the Roe Valley, over the magnificent Binevenagh mountain with spectacular views of Lough Foyle.

  • An approximate 19 mile cycle ride on both tarmac lanes and off road section, so a mountain bike or hybrid are required for this beautiful scenic cycle route. The route takes you from Braemar along quiet country lanes along the banks of ‘The Royal’ River Dee to Muir and then back on the opposite bank of the river where you cycle along an off road section through a wooded trail and then back to Braemar.

  • 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. This route forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

  • This ride has one of the finest backdrops to any in Wales - to the north, Great Ormes Head rises to 679ft and its cliff ledges are nesting places for many species of seabirds, to the southwest across Conwy Bay the mighty peaks of Snowdonia.

  • This short route south west of Aberystwyth is perfect for a fun day out for the whole family.

  • This route was one of the first traffic-free trails to be completed as part of the ‘Valleys Cycle Network', an extension of 100 miles of new National Cycle Network across the old south Wales coalfield.

  • The Llynfi Valley Trail from Maesteg is a short ride that offers amazing Valley views and a chance to admire our fabulous new artwork on the route.

  • In the heart of the Trossachs with magnificent landscapes shaped by nature, and immortalised in poetry by Sir Walter Scott, this area is ideal for a challenging day out cycling. This 35 mile route has some steep accents through the Achray Forest.

  • The shipping shortcut of the west coast, the Crinan Canal, is a delight for cyclists of all ages. Dark peaty waters fill this wide canal which links the Atlantic with Loch Fyne.

  • This stunningly beautiful part of National Route 7, between Inverness and Glasgow, passes through two fantastic National Parks.

  • There are lochs and glens, plus miles of coasts and forests on this part of National Route 7 north of Carlisle.  It takes you along the beautiful Solway Coast, over the hills of the Galloway Forest , and to the beaches of Ayrshire, before heading into Glasgow.

  • The route starts at Paisley Canal railway station and follows the same route as National Route 75 until Johnstone. From there the railway path continues south-west to Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch and Kilbirnie.

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

  • This routes takes you on a fantastic, challenging journey through the spectacular scenery of Mid Wales. 

  • The route takes you from the coastal town of Rhyl, through lovely countryside, and onto St Asaph.

  • This scenic route from Caernarfon to Bryncir runs alongside the Welsh Highland Railway and offers wonderful views of Caernarfon Bay and Snowdonia. Starting near the impressive Caernarfon Castle, the traffic-free route climbs 152m (500ft) over 10 miles to its highest point, a radio mast south of Penygroes, before a gentle downhill stretch to the village of Bryncir.

  • A wonderful route that takes you through some of Anglesey's most picturesque scenery.

  • The route connects Holyhead and Anglesey to the Wye Valley in the heart of Wales using minor roads, railway paths, forestry tracks and ancient coach roads. There are some tough challenges as the route crosses the Snowdonia National Park and the range of the Cambrian Mountains.

  • This route connects Llanidloes in the heart of Wales to the attractive finishing points of Cardiff or Chepstow. National Route 42 connects Hay on Wye to Abergavenny and Chepstow via a taste of the Black Mountains, whilst the largely traffic-free Taff Trail links Brecon to Cardiff via Merthyr Tydfil on National Route 8.

  • Up for a challenge?  Lôn Las Cymru runs for over 250 miles down the whole length of Wales from Holyhead to Chepstow or Cardiff. It is one of the toughest of all the long distance routes on the National Cycle Network. It can also be broken down into shorter traffic free and challenging sections.