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

  • See some of the wonderful landscape that inspired David Hockney with a gently rolling route through the east Yorkshire Wolds.

  • This route takes you along coastal paths and minor roads. From Dundee the route heads through the Dundee port area. You’ll see Broughty Castle jutting into the estuary and overlooking Broughty’s Blue Flag beach to the east. The route then closely follows the sea to Monifieth and then to Carnoustie where you will find a Championship Golf Course. The route finishes in Arbroath - famous for its ‘Smokies’.

  • The ecos Cycle Trail is a 17 mile cycle route between Ballymena and Glenarm mainly along quiet minor roads through and over the Antrim Plateau.

  • A mainly traffic-free cycle from the centre of Edinburgh, the route follows the tree-lined corridor of the old Granton Branch of the Caledonian Railway out to Davidson’s Mains, residential streets through Barnton, a cycle track over the golf course and then down quiet roads to Cramond Brig.

  • The route can be ridden in either direction, though in cycling from Edinburgh to Musselburgh you will have the advantage of cycling down the Innocent Tunnel. You can either cycle back or return using the train.

  • This route takes you from the beautiful city of Edinburgh and its many architectural delights to South Queensferry and then across the impressive Forth Road Bridge. Navigation is easy as you follow National Route 1 or 76.

  • A 14 mile loop through Moray’s historic capital city and surrounding countryside. Highlights include Elgin Cathedral, Elgin Museum, Cooper Park and Milton Duff Distillery. The loop is easy to ride with no major hills.

  • Starting at the impressive Ely Cathedral, known as the ‘Ship of the Fens', this route takes you across the uncluttered landscape of the fens to Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve.

  • This attractive riverside and railway path links the coastal town of Musselburgh with Dalkeith. Largely traffic-free, the route passes along wooded pathways and minor roads, with wonderful views of the Firth of Forth, and a rich variety of wildlife. At Musselburgh, National Route 1 passes the train station and continues into the centre of Edinburgh.

  • The Exe Estuary Trail is part of the developing network of cycle routes in Exeter, one of England's oldest cities. This exceptionally beautiful ride along both sides of Devon’s radiant Exe Estuary is easily one of the best routes in the country for birding by bike.

  • This urban route takes you from Chorlton-cum-Hardy to Debdale. Along the way it passes close by to three parks, which make great stopping off points. In particular, 130-acre Debdale Park, near the end of the ride, features off-road cycle trails around Gorton's reservoirs for those wanting a challenge.

  • This great route takes you from Bristol city centre to Nailsea, on a largely traffic free path.

  • 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.

  • Open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders, the Flitch Way is flat and mostly traffic free. There are many public footpaths exploring the countryside just off the route.

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

  • This route is a short section of the Caledonia Way (National Route 78) from Fort William to Gairlochy. The route lets you explore the western end of the Great Glen along the banks of the Caledonian Canal, with marvellous views of the north face of Ben Nevis.

  • Connecting Derry City to the border towns of Lifford and Strabane this cycle route is a mixture of traffic free paths and quiet country roads and lanes which crosses between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

  • This short, traffic free route travels along the Essex coastline, with stunning views out to sea. 

  • This delightful traffic-free route travels from the small town of Garforth just outside Leeds through lovely countryside, passing a nature reserve and an RSPB site, along a river and canal ending at Woodlesford station.

  • This beautiful route links the towns of Irvine, Kilwinning and Kilbirnie.

  • A brilliant ride for the whole family which offers lots of places to stop along the way for play and refreshments. 

  • A short circular ride around some of Glasgow's historic waterways including the Forth and Clyde Canal, The Glasgow City Branch Canal and the River Kelvin.  During the 19th Century, the Forth and Clyde Canal was a vital trade route between the East and West Coast of Scotland; canal barges carried much needed goods to the towns and cities along the Central Belt.  

  • Linking Bletchley to the ancient market town of Leighton Buzzard, this route follows the Grand Union Canal towpath.

  • A 9 mile circular route which takes you from the ferry terminal on Great Cumbrae Island in an anti clockwise direction, passing through the Victorian seaside resort of Millport at the south end of the island before returning to the ferry terminal. The route is mainly flat and has fantastic views of the North Ayrshire coast and the Isle of Bute.

  • The Great North Way is a 32 mile route which takes you from town into countryside using quiet lanes and traffic free sections.

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