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

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

  • The Great Northern Railway Trail is a work in progress, but the completion of the first section over two spectacular viaducts opens up the potential for day rides in this beautiful corner of Bronte country.

  • This mostly traffic-free route links Great Shelford with Waterbeach via the attractive city of Cambridge.

  • 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. 

  • 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 traffic-free route takes you from the Nottinghamshire village of Harby into the ancient city of Lincoln.

  • 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.

  • This scenic ride takes you from the bustling town of Hebden Bridge along National Route 66 on a mainly traffic-free waterside path following the towpaths of the Rochdale Canal and the Calder and Hebble Navigation, and along quiet country lanes, to the market town of Brighouse.  It's easy to extend the route for those wanting a longer ride.

  • The ride, starting a few miles north of Caerphilly, climbs gently from Hengoed Viaduct through Nelson and Trelewis to the climbing centre at Taff Bargoed.

  • The Ayot Greenway links Welwyn Garden City with Wheathampstead. Ideal for walking and cycling, this predominantly traffic-free route follows the former railway line that ran to Luton.

  • This route takes in the stunning Derbyshire Dales countryside between Middleton Top and Parsley Hay.

  • This is a wonderful route that takes you from the bustling city of Kingston upon Hull, across beautiful agricultural landscapes, to the seaside resort of Hornsea. This route forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

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

  • The Inis Eoghain Cycleway is a 55km loop connecting The River Foyle in County Londonderry to Lough Swilly in Donegal.

  • This route provides a leisurely opportunity to explore the rolling hill country between Insch and the Gartly Moor to the west, with sweeping views over the Pictish province of The Garioch to Bennachie. 

  • Known as the capital of the Highlands, Inverness sits at the mouth of the River Ness and the junction of the Beauly Firth and the Moray Firth. This route takes you from the centre of Inverness to the market town of Dingwall using a mixture of roads and cycle paths.

  • This route takes you from Ipswich, county town of Suffolk, to the charming town of Woodbridge using a mixture of on-road and traffic-free sections.

  • The New Town Trail is a 12 mile circular route of the Irvine and Kilwinning area incorporating part of National Route 73 and passing many local landmarks and areas of interest including wildlife reserves, Eglinton Country Park and Castle and the standing stones at Cairnmount Hill.

  • 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.

  • This popular ride goes from the market town of Keighley, with its delightful steam railway, to Saltaire along the Aire Valley Greenway of the Leeds Liverpool canal towpath, taking in a wealth of industrial heritage on route.

  • Taking you from Kendal, the 'Gateway to the Lake District', this route travels to the Edwardian seaside resort of Grange-over-Sands, with views across to the Arndale and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.