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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 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 recommended route is perfect for all ages and abilities and for walkers and wheelchair users as well as cyclists.

  • A fantastic family-friendly ride that takes you from the picturesque town of Keswick through come of the Lake District's loveliest scenery. Please note: One of the bridges on this route has been washed away in Storm Desmond.

  • The route starts just to the east of Kincardine Bridge and picks up the cycleway into Culross, a 17th Century town worth exploring. The route continues along the shore of the River Forth and past Preston Island. Continue on roads through Newmills and then back onto a cycleway around Torry Bay – with excellent bird watching. There is a steep climb up to Crombie before a cycleway and a drop down a rough road bring you to Charlestown. This route uses a small part of National Route 76.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • This 4-mile section of dismantled railway runs through broadleaf woodland and links Caernarfon with the old slate harbour of Port Dinorwig (Y Felinheli).

  • Lon Las Ogwen is a wonderful route offering views of the Snowdonia Mountains as it climbs south from the coast at Porth Penrhyn. Following the valley of Afon Cegin, the trail climbs on old railway cuttings through lovely broadleaf woodland to Tregarth and the only pub along the way, by the name of Pant Yr Ardd.

  • 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.

  • Starting in Ulverston and finishing in Barrow in Furness, this ride is a great way to discover this beauty of Cumbria's landscape. This section of the longer Walney to Wear route takes you through the rich pastureland of Low Furness.

  • The route travels from Lough Neagh to the north Coast where it meets the Atlantic ocean at the Barmouth near Castlerock.

  • Linking Luton with Leighton Buzzard, this route travels along the chalk grasslands around Dunstable and takes you on the traffic free Sewell Greenway.