United Kingdom

It’s difficult to describe cycling in the United Kingdom briefly, because the country is so varied! Whether it’s dramatic coastlines, rolling hills and countryside or bustling cities you’re looking for, you’ll find it in the UK.

The thing to look out for is the National Cycle Network, which consists of more than 14,000 miles of signed cycle routes crossing the length and breadth of the country. About a third of the network is traffic-free, whether it’s on former railway lines, along canals or on new paths through parks and cities. Many routes feature great art trails such as the Water Rail Way from Lincoln to Boston (part of EuroVelo 12). Stunning views can be found all around the network, and no two days of cycling will be the same. The country has a rich culture and history as well as dramatic natural features, so it’s well worth braving the risk of rain!

National Information

NECC - Sustrans

Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle in the UK. They manage the National Cycle Route Network, a UK-wide network of more than 16,000 miles of signed paths and routes. The National Cycle Network paths have been launched on OS Maps that you can access here. Sustrans is also the National EuroVelo Coordination Centre in the UK.

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Route 1: Aberdeen nach Inverness

An excellent cycle trip for a short holiday through some of Scotland’s most celebrated towns and cities as well as beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside with breathtaking views of the Moray Firth coastline. Cycling from Aberdeen to Inverness via National Cycle route 1 is a must for those who like peace and quiet. Natural and visitor attractions include; Culbin forest, Findhorn Bay Nature reserve, Bridge of Alvah (Banff) and the Aberdeen Maritime museum.

Route 1: Fakenham – Harwich

The route follows the Fakenham to Harwich route, which is also part of the North Sea Cycle Route; a 6,000 km chain of exciting experiences waiting for the cycling tourist to discover. The route is one of the flattest National Cycle Network routes and is the ideal way to experience the tranquil beauty of the East Anglian countryside.

Route 1: from Dover to the Shetland Islands

Further information on Sustrans' National Route 1, a long-distance cycle adventure stretching 1,695 miles through some of the UK’s most stunning scenery. EuroVelo 12 follows the route along the east coast, EuroVelo 5 from Caterbury to Dover and EuroVelo 1 from Aberdeen to Inverness.

Route 27: Devon Coast to Coast - Plymouth to Ilfracombe

Further information on National Route 27 - If you are looking for variety choose the spectacular Devon Coast to Coast. The route combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of the Torridge, the Tavy, the Walkham and other evocative West Country rivers. The route also skirts round the western flank of Dartmoor offering superb views of Cornwall and the surrounding area and plenty of opportunity for wildlife spotting.

Route 4: Bristol & Bath path

Further information on National Route 4 - The immensely popular Bristol and Bath path provides a short (13 miles) tranquil walking and cycling path between the two cities. The path begins in the historic port of Bristol, and passes via Mangotsfield, Warmley and Saltford before arriving in the heart of Bath. You’ll find ideal stopping points for drinks and snacks at Bitton and Warmley stations, or you could enjoy a pub lunch at Saltford.

Route 4: Kennet & Avon Cycle Route

Further information on National Route 4 - This historic canal links the Thames and the Bristol Channel, weaving through spectacular scenery on its way from Bath to Reading. Its impressive architecture is in keeping with its surroundings that also provide a habitat for a diverse range of flora and fauna. Local attractions include; Bath Abbey, Claverton Pumping Station, Tithe Barn and Caen Locks.

Route 4: Thames Valley - Reading to Putney Bridge

Further information on National Route 4 - This popular route leads from the countryside into the bustling city of London along the Tames, passing through parks at Richmond and Hampton Court, the latter along the riverside path. The route travels through Staines and then onto Thorpe Park, for those wanting to test their mettle on the rides. Local attractions include; Tower of London, The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.

Route 51: Harwich - Colchester

Following national route 51 you travel inland picking up the River Colne near Wivenhoe before arriving in Britain’s oldest recorded town, Colchester. Colchester attracts more than 4.5 million visitors each year so make time to explore its unique heritage and history.

Route 7: Lochs & Glens North - Glasgow to Inverness

National Route 7 between Inverness and Glasgow is a stunningly beautiful route that passes through two National Parks. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park contain picturesque lochs, forests and bustling tourist towns. The Cairngorms National Park extends over the UK’s largest mountain range with heather –clad moors and ancient pine forests.

Routes 1 & 51: London Docklands & Lea Valley

Further information on National Routes 1 and 51 - The route heads out of London from Greenwich in a northerly direction along the traffic-free London Docklands and Lea Valley cycle route into Hertfordshire. From Harlow the route travels through Essex and takes you via Chelmsford to Colchester before joining route 51. The section between Colchester and Harwich forms part of the North Sea Cycle Route, also known as EuroVelo 12.

Routes 4 & 47: Celtic Trail - Swansea to Fishguard

Further information on National Routes 4 and 47 – Follow coastal paths, riverside trails and quiet lanes, as the Celtic Trail takes you on a journey of discovery through the wonderfully scenic West Wales. Whether you’re an experienced cyclist, a family with children, or looking for great historic attractions, coastal gems and fantastic pit-stops, the Celtic Trail in West Wales offers all this and more. There are two potential routes from Swansea to Fishguard.