National Cycle Network

Carol Attewell is Sustrans volunteer on the Beamish to Washington route

Carol Attewell volunteers on the Beamish to Washington stretch of the C2C

volunteers digging ground to sow seeds

Bob Sorley with some of the volunteers who maintain the Consett to Beamish section. Here they were preparing ground for sowing wild flower seeds at Annfield Plain.

Children’s toys, bikes and scooters, as well as Christmas decorations, were amongst an estimated 955 bags of litter collected by our volunteers on cycle routes in County Durham, Gateshead and...
5 February 2019
litter picking on the Liverpool loopline

The Liverpool Loopline litter pickers go out every Tuesday. Elaine O'Callaghan (left) was voted Volunteer of the Year for the North of England.

suspect WW2 bomb on the Liverpool Loopline

The suspected World War Two bomb turned out to be a harmless metal canister

One discovery stands out amongst the usual drinks cans, crisp packets and takeaway boxes in our volunteer group’s records of 800 bin bags of litter picked on the Liverpool Loop Line in 2018: Nestled...
5 February 2019
Sustrans volunteers cleared trees from Godley turntable

Volunteers cleared trees and other vegetation from the old turntable | Photo credit: Justin Turnbull

Photo of bicycle by Godley railway turntable in autumn
Our volunteers are working with local schools in East Manchester to help turn an abandoned old railway turntable in Godley into a wildlife haven and community space. The Friends of the Trans Pennine...
30 January 2019
Photo of children removing litter from an embankment alongside a traffic-free section of National Cycle Network Route 1 in Brunstane, Edinburgh. Three children are using litter-pickers while two hold a refuse bag.

Children taking part in a litter-pick on National Cycle Network Route 1, Brunstane

Sustrans Scotland has today announced the opening of a new grant fund to support communities in making improvements to National Cycle Network routes across Scotland. The Network Action Grant Fund,...
29 January 2019
Two men in running race. The man in left wearing red t shirt, the man on right wearing grey.

Alan (right) running a race on the Two Tunnels. Photo © Stuart Lessels/

Alan Cox, 65, is retired and has lived in Bath all his life. He got into running with his grandson and now helps marshal running events with Relish Running. He lives less than half a mile from the...
12 March 2019
A photo of the view from above the Scott Avenue Community Garden in Bowling, looking across the seating area and planters towards the River Clyde and Bowling Harbour in the sunshine.

Scott Avenue community garden, Bowling, Glasgow

A photo of three judges from Britain in Bloom sitting on a chainsaw carved bench incorporating numerous features celebrating the maritime history of East Haven village, including a fisherman and native fish

Britain in Bloom judges visit the ArtRoots funded chainsaw carved bench celebrating the maritime history of East Haven, Angus

A photo of local young people taking part in a Circus of Lights Glow Parade at dusk, holding giant mermaid and unicorn lanterns and glowing circus props along cycle path in Craigmillar, Edinburgh

Circus of Lights Glow Parade, Craigmillar, Edinburgh

A photo of local schoolchildren standing on National Cycle Network Route 7 beside the iron sculpture of Drover's Bho.

Drover's Bho sculpture, Strathyre, Stirling

Community groups across Scotland are being given the opportunity to apply for up to £5000 in funding towards artistic and aesthetic improvements to their local National Cycle Network routes. The...
8 January 2019
A photo of a bicycle outside of Down the Hatch, a vegan restaurant in Liverpool

Down the Hatch is right along National Route 56 and serves top notch vegan grub

A photo of vegan wraps from the Jumping Bean - a vegan restaurant in Durham

Grab yourself some tasty vegan food at the Jumping Bean - just off National Route 14

A photo of a  Tibits restaurant front, with stools and bar for eating at

Southwark is home to Tibits, a great vegan-friendly restaurant selling fresh food every day

'Veganuary' may only roll around once a year, but you can still get yourself down to a vegan foodie spot for some delicious grub. We've put together a list of Sustrans staff recommended vegan-...
21 December 2018
Two volunteers in a canoe passing refuse with a litter-picker to a volunteer on the shore of the Union Canal, Edinburgh during a Paddle Pickup

Community volunteers taking part in a Paddle Pickup on the Union Canal, National Cycle Network Route 75

Landscape with autumnal trees showing an on-road stretch of National Cycle Network Route 78 in Crinan

Crinan, National Cycle Network Route 78

The Network Action Grant Fund, funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland, seeks to empower communities in implementing improvements which make journeys on the National Cycle...
29 January 2019