Route 12

National Route 12

Route Details

  • From - to: when fully open the route will run Enfield Lock to Spalding
  • Distance: currently 121miles
  • Terrain: Mixture of traffic-free and on-road paths
  • Access: various

Route Description

National Route 12 of the National Cycle Network will run from Enfield Lock in north London to Spalding via Stevenage, St Neots and Peterborough. The route is described here from Enfield Lock to Spalding but is signed in both directions. 

At present, there are some sections of route still under development, including the stretch between Enfield Lock and Hadley Wood, as well as intermittent sections between Stotfold and Sandy. 

Route Sections

1. Enfield Lock to Letchworth (the Great North Way)
Currently starting from Hadley Wood near Potters Bar due to an incomplete section between here and Enfield Lock, Route 12 follows predominantly traffic-free routes through Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City, continuing on minor roads to Stevenage. Between Stevenage and Letchworth the route again contains traffic-free sections, some of these being the Hertfordshire Way. This entire section is known as the Great North Way.

2. Letchworth to St Neots
From Letchworth the route continues to St Neots on a mixture of traffic-free and on-road stretches, although the route is broken through Stotfold, between Arlesey and Biggleswade, and around Sandy. From Sandy, the route follows the traffic-free University Way, before heading north on a mixture of on-road and traffic-free sections to St Neots.

3. St Neots to Spalding
Route 12 reaches a traffic-free route alongside Grafham Water via a few bridleways and on-road sections, continuing to Peterborough on-road but for a traffic-free stretch through Huntingdon. Heading north out of Peterborough the route utilises a banktop track to Crowland and continues via minor roads to central Spalding.

Things to see and do

Route closures and diversions

Please note Peterborough City Council have designated Bridge Street as a pedestrian zone, and cycling is not permitted between 9am - 6 pm. To date, 1,000 cyclists have been fined. 

Sustrans is opposed to this arrangement and we are discussing an alternative route with Peterborough City Council. These discussions are ongoing. 

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When complete, this route will run from Enfield Lock in north London to Spalding via Stevenage, St Neots and Peterborough.