Finding the perfect cycle route can be overwhelming but exciting at the same time, dependant of your ability and dedication, of course. Finding different routes as a seasoned cyclist feels exhilarating and the prospect of a new route may push you to beat PB’s on Strava. On the other hand, if you are just wanting a casual cycle, researching routes may feel overwhelming. We have put together a collection of cycle routes which will suit your vibe whether you are a beginner, an established rider or just a spin bike fanatic wanting to get outdoors. The North West of England hosts some of the most beautiful and highly sough after cycle routes in the UK. So whether you are improving your fitness, adding routes to your portfolio or simply wanting to visit new places, look no further.
- Lune Valley Trail, Lancashire
The perfect, 16-mile cycle trail if you’re a little nervous on the roads, as the Lune Valley Trail is a completely traffic-free route that starts at Lancaster Millennium Bridge and finishes at the Bull Beck Picnic site. From city to countryside, this route is picturesque and is part of the Lune Valley Ramble.
- The Liverpool Loop Line
A family friendly ride or one for beginners / those wanting a leisurely ride. This route is mostly a flat cycle path which follows National Cycle Route 62 (also known as the Wild Flower route) along a disused railway line from Halewood to Aintree. Expect lots of woodland and the occasional walker, but rest assured there is no traffic for 13 miles.
- Preston Guild Wheel
The Preston Guild Wheel is a 21 mile "Greenway" that is perfect for any level cyclist. The loop links the vibrant city of Preston to the surrounding countryside enabling you to enjoy Lancashire at it’s fullest. The majority of the route is off-road, and you can join the route at any point along the way. You can create your own mini loops within the Guild Wheel dependant on ability.
- Gisburn Forest bike trails
Gisburn Forest is the largest in Lancashire, climbing above the Ribble Valley with fantastic views of the Forest of Bowland. There are a variety of trails enclosed in the forest all for different levels, which are graded green, blue, red or black. Ride along man made single-tracks and a stunning reservoir, just don’t forget to take in the beautiful views. Green tracks are family friendly.
- Fallowfield Loop (Manchester)
Fancy a change from the hustle and bustle without travelling the distance? This stunning, urban route takes you from Chorlton-cum-Hardy to Debdale. The route is 14km long (there and back) and is perfect for beginners or those wanting a breath of fresh air on a long, off-road path. This has been said to be the longest urban cycleway in the country.