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

  • 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 was devised in 2011 as a cycle pilgrimage with a theme of ‘Caring for the Environment’ and timed to coincide with the Ride and Stride Day in September. The pilgrimage route is open to all and makes a very pleasant and energetic day out!

  • A perfect ride to discover some of Wales most interesting historical sites including Big Pit National Coal Museum and Blaenavon's heritage railway. Whilst on the canal path enjoy the lovely scenery and wildlife and consider stopping off at the barge café at Pontymoile Basin.

  • A great ride from Pontypridd to Porth that is traffic free and travels past the old pit workings at Trehafod in the Rhondda Valley Heritage Park.

  • This ride is largely traffic free and takes you through woodland, along coastlines and into some of Wales' best urban landscapes.

  • This route is almost entirely traffic free taking you from Port Talbot directly into Neath town centre.

  • This dramatic coastal route gives you glorious views of the Moray Firth. As much of the route is on the line of the old Moray Firth Coast Railway, you can take advantage of the lack of motor traffic to enjoy the spectacular coastline and the fishing villages which seem to cling precariously to it.

  • A challenging route that takes you through some of Wales' most dramatic and inspiring scenery.

  • Fife is criss-crossed with miles of cycle routes, many of them created as part of the Kingdom of Fife Millennium Cycleways. This ride begins in Leuchars and follows a quiet road out of the village to Tentsmuir Forest, which extends over the sand dunes between the estuaries of the Tay and the Eden.

  • This short route is mainly traffic free and follows a railway path inland, providing some stunning views across the North Wales coast.

  • A circular route on quiet country lanes crossing some of Mid Wales' most spectacular scenery with off-road mountain biking alternatives.

  • Before 2000 Rainham Marshes was used as a military firing range, but since then the area has been transformed by the RSPB as a great place for nature and for people to visit. This flat and traffic-free route around the marshes can either be done as a one-way route starting at Rainham and finishing at Purfleet, or as a slightly longer circular ride.

  • NCN 5, NCN 81, NCN 62

    This ride links Birmingham City Centre with Cannon Hill Park and King's Norton Park via the Rea Valley.

  • 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.

  • This great route follows National Route 5 - taking you from bustling Redditch to the town of Shakespeare's birth, Stratford-Upon-Avon. 

  • The Reivers Route is a 173-mile coast-to-coast cycle route from Tynemouth to Whitehaven through unspoilt Northumberland and the Kielder Forest. The route takes in Carlisle and the Lake District and provides a great alternative or return route for the Sea to Sea (C2C) Route.

  • This gentle route follows the contours of an 18th century canal towpath that transported coal and timber in its hey-day and is now a haven for wildlife. 

  • This wonderful coastal route uses the wide sea promenade that stretches from Rhos-on-Sea and Colwyn Bay to Pensarn. Enjoy the sea breeze as you pass through the bustling seafront of Colwyn Bay. Further on you'll pass the curious concrete anchors that have been dumped in great heaps along the coast to prevent erosion from the sea.

  • This route showcases some of the best that Bristol and its surrounds has to offer. Taking in the Avon Gorge, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Leigh Woods and the historic Queens Square, this route takes you onto Portishead, where you get to enjoy great views over the water towards Wales.

  • A great cycle ride which travels between Lake Windermere and Kendal - a must for anyone visiting the North West. You can also extend the route all the way to the seaside resort of Grange-over-Sands.

  • This route takes you from Lancaster to Kendal through attractive canal-side villages with panoramic views across Morecambe Bay.

  • This  route connects Woodford to Ilford via a mixture of pleasant traffic free paths and short on road sections. Despite following the M11-A406 corridor, the route is surprisingly quiet and passes peaceful areas with a real countryside feel. 

  • This 15 mile, largely traffic free route travels between Beamish and the Sunderland Coast at Roker Beach.

  • 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.