28th May 2018

Recommended Cycle Routes, Guides and Maps UK

cycle routesWhether you are looking for new places to ride in your locale or you want to explore further afield, this compilation of route guides is a great starting point.

We would be the first to admit that this list omits thousands of amazing places to ride in Britain. That’s were you come in. If you have a favourite route, we would love you to share it with us, perhaps via Strava or Map My Ride. We will then post your route here for others to enjoy.

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Cycle Routes around Aberdeen

Mountain Biking – Kirkhill Forest, Pitfichie, Glen Tanar, Scoltie Hill at Banchory.

Road – Out the South Deeside road to Aboyne and back via the North Deeside road.

Leisure – Cove Bay & Stonehaven (on the NCN 1) where you won’t be far for scenes like this…

Cycle Routes | VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

Dunnottar Castle, Stoneheaven | VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

Aberdeen Beach Loop: taking your from the city centre out to Balmedie and back again.

And don’t forget, the Cairngorms National Park is right on the doorstep of Aberdeen!

For more routes in and around Aberdeen, go to Cycle Grampian.

Cycle Routes around Edinburgh

Mountain Biking – Pentland Hills including the Four Reservoir Loop.

7stanes Mountain Bike Trails 

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Glentress and Innerleithen | VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

The 7stanes are the seven mountain biking trail centres (Glentress and Innerleithen, Glentrool, Kirroughtree, Dalbeattie, Mabie, Newcastleton and Ae) that grace the south of Scotland. Each trail centre features graded routes so you should have no trouble finding a stretch of singletrack that suits your technical ability.

Each section is colour coded: green for beginners, blue for intermediate, red for advanced, black for harder climbs and more technical descents and orange for freeride and downhill. The idea here is that, on the one hand, you could take young children for a lovely car-free ride on forest tracks on a green route. On the other hand, even a skilled mountain biker will find plenty to challenge him or her on the red, black or orange routes.

To find out how to get to each trail centre, check out riding conditions in advance and to keep abreast with the ever-developing routes on offer, visit 7stanes own website.


Loop around Arthur’s Seat.

Aberfoyle to Loch Katrine.


The Union Canal Towpath, the Innocent Railway and Cramond Promenade are among the “QuietRoutes” featured by Edinburgh Council. For the complete picture, you can do no better than invest in Spokes Maps of Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Cycle Routes | VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

The promenade at Portobello Beach, close to Edinburgh city centre | VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

To find out about organised rides in the city visit Cycling Edinburgh.

Cycle Routes around Leeds

The beautiful Yorkshire countryside

Mountain Biking

Stainburn Forest for dedicated mountain bike trails is just beyond Otley about 15 miles from our Chapel Allerton shop.

Harewood Estate or Meanwood Valley are pleasant local routes, but ride with care to avoid conflict with the many families, dog walkers etc who also enjoy this area. Perhaps best avoided at weekends. For more ideas, head to MTB Leeds.


Most folk round here head north out of Leeds into the Aire valley. Among the quiet lanes on the far side of the Aire, included in all the audaxes and sportives in the area are Leathley Lane and Castley Lane (to Leathley and Castley respectively). Left and right here on Google.

Bolton Abbey via Langbar. Really popular local ride, beautiful scenery, train out or home from Ilkley Skipton for those with tired legs. Google maps / streetview for a taste.


The council-approved family-friendly Wyke Beck Way takes you from Roundhay to Temple Newsam, almost all off road.

Leeds/Liverpool Canal, especially Bingley Five Rise Locks and Saltaire. This fantastic traffic-free ride Sustrans route, is hugely popular with families.

Cycle Routes around Newcastle

Mountain Bike – Hamsterley Forest, Chopwell Woods, Kielder Forest, C2C.

An amazing photo taken by local mountain bike rider Lee Philips. This image was taken on Tuesday evening in Hamsterley Forest. Thanks Lee who has given his blessing we share this iconic image.

Posted by Hamsterley Forest – Forestry England on Thursday, November 3, 2016

Road – The Ryals, Bellingham, Rothbury, Stamfordham, Capheaton, Belsay, Vomit Pass.

Head to Northumberland National Park and you won’t be short of places to cycle.

Cycle Northumberland is a great resource if you’re looking for some new cycle routes in the area.

Further info

We have a larger collection of Route Guides & Maps to buy here, covering the whole of the UK.

Want to track where and how far you’ve cycled? Take a look at our GPS, Computers and Cameras.

Make sure to pack some refreshments before you head off on your bike.

Do you have any routes you’d like to share? Please leave a comment below, we’d love to get your recommendations.

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