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

  • You can break this route into two separate rides from the centre of Inverness. Heading north from Inverness, take the cycle and walkway across the Kessock Bridge. On the north side of the Beauly Firth, follow the traffic-free path alongside the road to the Tourist Information Centre and the Dolphin and Seal Centre where admission is free. Heading east from Inverness, cycle towards Balloch and across Culloden Muir. The route takes you near the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre and further on you come across the late-Neolithic Clava Chambered Cairns.

  • Stretching from Holyhead to Chester, and passing through a multitude of coastal towns and historic villages, this fantastic route follows north Wales’ beautiful coastline and shares a route with the spectacular Wales Coast Path for much of its way. This wildlife and heritage-rich trail boasts an eclectic mixture of castles, cathedrals and stunning mountainous landscapes. 

  • This is the eastern half of the coastal promenade that stretches from Rhos-on-Sea in the west to Prestatyn in the east. This section, linking Prestatyn and Rhyl, offers views across Liverpool Bay towards the clusters of offshore wind turbines. This is a lovely, flat seaside route passing long sandy beaches and child-friendly attractions such as the SeaQuarium and Sun Centre in Rhyl.

  • A fantastic 10 mile, traffic free route that takes you through the 700 acre Shipley Country Park. 

  • National Route 78

    Part of Route 78, The Caledonia Way, this mainly on-road route from Oban to Campbeltown offers adventurous cyclists the chance to explore the spectacular peninsula of Kintyre, Knapdale and Lorn. There are traffic-free sections along the Crinan Canal and in Kilmartin Glen. 

  • This three mile route takes you from the centre of Oban, round Oban Bay on a minor road to Ganavan Sands, where you join a cycle path through woods and moorland to Dunbeg village.

  • National Route 78

    This 48-mile section of route, set in spectacular scenery, is part of the much longer Caledonia Way (National Route 78) which runs for 237 miles from Campbeltown to Inverness. Both Oban and Fort William are accessible by train, and Oban is also a busy ferry terminal - making it possible to incorporate this journey into many others.

  • Follow the quiet road through Glen Lonan between Oban and Taynuilt passing standing stones and rocky outcrops before cycling along the shores of Loch Etive for stunning views.

  • A fantastic traffic free path that takes you on a great tour of the Welsh valleys between Aberkenfig and Nant-y-Moel.

  • A route that encompasses some of the Orkney Isles best archaeological treasures in a day - and for the fit, provides an invigorating alternative to a coach tour. Allow plenty of time as this is a long route and there are numerous sites to visit. It will take around 1 -2 hours to look round Skara Brae and tours of Maeshowe take a minimum of 45 minutes. Alternatively, include an overnight stay. Birsay is the most obvious half-way house and has the best facilities and choice of accommodation.

  • This circular route takes-in Osterley Park and the Brentford arm of the Grand Union Canal.

  • This is a perfect family ride that takes you from the historic city of Oxford out to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

  • Starting at Paisley you’ll pass the town of Johnstone, where National Routes 7 & 75 separate, and then cross attractive open country on railway path between the Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm, before reaching Port Glasgow and Greenock on the Firth of Clyde. Ferries ply between Gourock and Dunoon, a gateway to the Cowal Peninsula area of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. There are some steep gradients in Port Glasgow and Greenock.

  • Parkland Walk connects Highgate to Finsbury Park along the course of the old railway which once connected to Alexandra Palace. It is a local nature reserve which has recently been restored. This is a pedestrian priority path and cyclists must ride carefully and give way.

  • Known locally as the Tweed Valley Railway Path, this route is 5 and a half miles long and links the towns of Innerleithen and Peebles, passing through the village of Cardrona on quiet roads. It also links the mountain biking centres in Glentress and Innerleithen.

  • This beautiful, traffic-free ride takes you from the busy market town of Penistone to the rolling moors of the Peak District at Dunford Bridge. Fully surfaced, and so ideal for children, the path follows the route of the old Great Central Railway, winding through glorious countryside, with stunning views across the valley, and a wealth of wild flowers. This route forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

  • The route takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes and unspoilt countryside that England has to offer, including the Eden valley, the North Pennines and the Northumberland National Park.

  • The Pennine Cycleway is a long distance route between Derby and Berwick-upon-Tweed. The first (or last) stage of the route is between Derby and Holmfirth and is known as the Pennine Cycleway - Peak District.

  • A beautiful, yet challenging ride, that takes you through the dramatic scenery of the Pennines.

  • A great coastal ride that takes you on a mainly traffic free path from Pensarn to Prestatyn.   

  • Enjoy wild flowers, wooded countryside and fine views on this route which takes you along a flat, former railway line to the beach and harbour at Pentewan.

  • A great ride that straddles the Wales/England border, following the River Wye from the historic town of Monmouth in south east Wales to Goodrich in Herefordshire.

  • This leisurely pedal to Almondbank weir is mainly traffic-free and is punctuated by some impressive views. You begin the ride on the North Inch in Perth alongside the River Tay, Scotland’s longest river, and follow it for nearly 2½ miles before turning alongside the River Almond.

  • This gentle ride takes you between two fascinating places, there are no major climbs, and you can take the train back to your starting point. Leaving the North Inch in Perth, you follow cycle paths alongside the River Tay and get splendid views of Scone Palace

  • The route is named the Green Wheel because it circles the city with ‘spokes' leading from the perimeter route into the city centre.