Sustrans' Traffic-Free Cycle Rides Guidebook

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Sustrans' bestselling guidebook brings together 150 of the UK’s best traffic-free* walking and cycling routes into one handy guidebook.

With step-by-step instructions, convenient start and finish points near public transport links and local cycle hire, this guidebook will make planning your family cycle adventures a breeze.

The handpicked cycle rides range from the wild mountain tracks of Snowdonia to fairy tale woodland trails through the Forest of Dean, and peaceful city paths linking London’s parks and palaces.

Each route varies in length and grade, guaranteeing great days out for all ages and abilities.

As well as 150 amazing family-friendly rides, the guidebook is jampacked with handy tips, advice and recommendations to make your rides memorable, affordable and fun.

Getting the whole family active in the great outdoors has never been easier.


*The majority of routes are entirely traffic-free, but some do involve short sections on quiet roads or safe places to cross main roads where necessary.

Our guide to traffic-free cycle rides includes:

  • Routes for all ages and abilities

  • Convenient start and finish points

  • Step-by-step route instructions

  • Nearest train stations

  • Local bike hire centres

  • Maps and photographs

  • The best places to stay, eat and drink along the way

  • Handy tips for shortening or extending rides and connecting to nearby routes

  • Terrain, gradient and surface quality information

Chapters & Number of Routes

  • South West - 19
  • South East - 17
  • Wales - 25
  • Midlands - 17
  • East of England - 16
  • North West - 14
  • Yorkshire - 13
  • North East - 10
  • Scotland - 15
  • Northern Ireland - 4

What our readers think

"With small children I find it difficult to go cycling anywhere other than our local park so that I can avoid roads. This book is great at showing me my options, broken down into UK areas. We have already done our first cycle ride and planning the next."

"This guidebook has given me exactly what I need to be inspired and confident enough to get out there and explore all the wonderful areas. So easy to follow."

"Very informative well laid out book. Lots of detail. Parking, places to stay and eat as well as route detail and links."

About our traffic-free cycle routes and the National Cycle Network

Inspiring and informative, this is a comprehensive guide to traffic-free cycling and a fitting tribute to the National Cycle Network.

The National Cycle Network is a series of safe, traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling and walking routes that connect every major town and city.

The guidebook features a foreword by Paralympic gold medalist Dame Sarah Storey, who shares her personal connection to the National Cycle Network and her children's favourite cycle rides.

The Network passes within a mile of half of all UK homes. Almost 5 million people use the National Cycle Network, and despite its name, the Network isn't just for cyclists, it’s also popular with walkers, joggers, wheelchair users and horse riders too.

Annually the National Cycle Network costs us around £1 million a year to maintain and repair the parts of the Network we own. We also fund thousands of volunteers who give up their time to clear vegetation, glass and other hazards. The vast majority of this money comes from donations from our supporters. Shop all our cycling books here.



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