Inspiring routes

Whether you're riding on or off-road, looking for an epic adventure or family-friendly afternoon, we have amazing routes all over the country for you to try during Bike Week
Cathedrals cycle route
Cathedrals Cycle Route challenge

The Cathedrals Cycle Route takes you nearly 2000 miles across England’s landscape between cathedrals, combining history and natural beauty throughout the journey. There's a range of different rides, from panoramic hill views, lakes, river and canal rides, to quiet country back lanes.

Linking together 42 cathedrals, the route starts at England's most northerly cathedral, Newcastle and from there winds its way around the country, taking in some of the best surroundings and sites that England has to offer. While the 2000 mile journey is an epic long distance adventure, it has been broken down into individual challenges and each days ride is a route in itself - perfect for day trips or one of your Bike Week #7daysofcycling rides. If you're already completed your local route, almost all destinations including train services allowing point to point journeys.

There are many ways to complete this route, both on-road and off-road, but however you arrive at a cathedral you will be welcomed. Each cathedral is aiming to appoint a dedicated cycle champion to improve the cycle-readiness of their buildings, ensuring a warm welcome for visiting cyclists, and you can collect a CCR stamp and cycle ribbon at each. Collect all 42 and you will join an exclusive group of cyclists!

Riding along the Routes and Roots trail
Maritime Heritage Trail

Enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities, the Maritime Heritage Trail in Belfast is a wonderful, pleasant route taking in local history and stunning views.

The trail measures approximately 8.5km (5 miles), starting in C.S Lewis Square in East Belfast and ending at St. Joseph’s church in Sailortown. The majority of the trail is safe, car-free shared paths and cycle lanes.

It was devised as part of the Cycling UK Routes and Roots project funded by the Heritage Fund NI. It encompasses lots of the maritime history in the area; travelling along the trail you will see iconic features associated with Belfast such as the Harland and Wolff cranes, the SS Nomadic and HMS Caroline, Titanic Museum, the Great Light and the Salmon of Knowledge (aka the Big Fish).

It’s a great trail that connects two communities, but riding it is also appealing to tourists and those not from the area. Not only is it a pleasant trail to ride, or even walk, but an educational one too. You will find plenty of Belfast Bikes’ docking stations dotted throughout.

Ride King Alfred's Way in Bike Week
King Alfred's Way

King Alfred's Way is a 350km circular off-road adventure route through 10,000 years of history, connecting some of England’s most iconic sites.

Despite being easily accessible from cities in the south of England, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Think white horses on chalk hillsides and wide-open views across rolling waves of countryside.

The name of the trail is inspired by Alfred the Great, who ruled the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex. The trail starts and ends at King Alfred’s statue in Winchester, where he is buried.

Using parts of the Ridgeway and South Downs Way, the trail is ideal for gravel bikes and can be ridden over a few days as a bikepacking trip, or if you are local to the route why not ride a section of the route for a great day out with friends?

Cycle the great north trail in bike week
Great North Trail

The award-winning 800-mile Great North Trail links the Pennine Bridleway with the northern tips of mainland Scotland, through some of Britain’s most stunning upland areas and four National Parks.

From rolling hills and dales to remote windswept moorland, swooping singletrack and old Roman roads, the landscape is varied and inspiring. 

The nature of the route varies in different areas - from rugged upland trails across exposed moorland, suitable for more experienced mountain bikers, to sections of canal path and disused railway perfect for family days out.

So whether it’s for an epic long-distance challenge, a weekend away, or a fantastic day out, get out there and have an adventure during Bike Week.

200 routes to try

To celebrate the Cycling UK's 140th birthday in 2018 we collected 140 unique cycling routes across the UK, and since then we have continued to add more to the collection.

The routes were provided by people who have strong connections with the organisation, from well-known cyclists, cycling brands, cycling magazines, cycling groups, community clubs, cycling development projects and Cycling UK staff.

There are cycling rides to suit all-abilities. Every route has an interactive map and GPX file as well as a description of the route.

Hopefully they inspire you to go on an amazing cycle ride this Bike Week.

Your local area

Looking for information about cycling in your local area? Cycling UK's guide to cycling in each county gives you routes, events, clubs and advice to inspire you to cycle in your local area. 

Every part of the UK is covered with its own guide, with local knowledge of the best places to ride and visit.