Sustrans' Traffic-Free Cycle Rides Guidebook

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Our bestselling guidebook brings together 150 of the UK’s finest traffic-free* walking and cycling routes from across the country. This new edition (revised 2021) features a fantastic range of new traffic-free routes across the regions, offering a unique glimpse into the UK’s remarkable landscapes, history, culture and architecture.

The rides range from the wild and ethereal mountain tracks of Snowdonia to fairy tale woodland trails through the Forest of Dean, and elegant city centre paths linking London’s Royal Parks and palaces.

This book is for planning cycling days out and is best used alongside maps or GPS. All the routes are sign-posted.

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

Our guide to traffic-free cycle rides includes:

  • Maps and photographs

  • Routes for all ages and abilities, graded from easy to challenging

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

  • Local bike hire centres and public transport links 

  • Insightful advice on extending the rides or connecting to other nearby routes

  • Distance, terrain, gradient and surface quality information for each route

Chapters & Number of Rides

  • 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

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, with a foreword from Paralympic gold medalist Dame Sarah Storey.

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

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. In addition, we fund thousands of volunteers who give up their time to help keep the Network up to a good standard by clearing vegetation, glass and other hazards. The vast majority of this money comes from donations from our supporters. 

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Second edition updated: Richard Peace

Publisher: Sustrans

Published: December 2021

Pages: 346


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