Looking for a challenge? If so then the National Cycle Network’s iconic long-distance rides are ideal. Whether you are looking for dramatic and wild countryside or magnificent coastal views we have a challenge ride for you.
Distance: 99 miles
This coast to coast route combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of evocative West Country rivers. Starting at Ilfracombe and ending in Plymouth this route is not too daunting, with many flat sections.
Distance: 137 miles
This is the most popular long-distance ride in the UK and takes you all the way from Irish Sea to the North Sea. You can start at either Whitehaven or Workington and then travel to Newcastle or Sunderland.
Distance: 172 miles
The Coast and Castles North route begins in Edinburgh, crossing the Firth of Forth into the Kingdom of Fife with its beautiful countryside. The route then follows the coast north passing through fishing villages and historic sites, such as Dunnottar Castle, on its way to Aberdeen.
Distance: 170 miles
A ride through some of England’s most dramatic and wild countryside, taking in magnificent coastal views and Roman forts. It starts at Glannaventa Roman Bath House, Ravenglass and ends at Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum at South Shields.
7. Celtic Trail
Distance: 357 miles
Running across Wales at its widest point, the Celtic Trail takes in St David’s, Britain’s smallest city, the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, dramatic castles in Haverfordwest, Pembroke and Kidwelly, Llanelli Millennium Coastal Park and the wide sweep of Swansea Bay.
9. Avenue Verte
Distance: 247 miles
Starting at the London Eye and ending at Notre Dame, the 247-mile route takes riders on a challenging but rewarding journey through towns, villages and beautiful countryside on both sides of the Channel.
10. Lôn Las Cymru
Distance: 370 miles
Lôn Las Cymru runs for over 370 miles down the whole length of Wales from Holyhead to Chepstow or Cardiff. It is one of the toughest of all the long-distance routes on the National Cycle Network.