GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Rail Trails

In the 1960s the Beeching report lead to the closure of about one third of Britain's rail network. As a result there are now hundreds of disused railway lines which now make fabulous, safe walking and cycle routes. Below are a selection of popular walks and rides which include rail trails for all or part of the route.
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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Aberaeron Cycle Path3 miles (5 km)This pleasant route follows a traffic free path from Aberaeron to Llanerchaeron View Full Details>>
Aberystwyth to Tregaron21 miles (34 km)This lovely ride follows NCN route 82 and the beautiful View Full Details>>
Alban Way6 miles (9 km)Follow the disused Hatfield to St Albans railway line on this route from St Albans to Hatfield View Full Details>>
Ashbourne to Buxton30 miles (48 km) View Full Details>>
Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail4 miles (6 km)This lovely short cycle and walking trail runs from Measham near Ashby-de-la-Zouch to Moira along a disused railway path View Full Details>>
Auckland Walk5 miles (7.5 km)A short cycle and walking route along a dismantled railway line from Spennymoor to Bishop Auckland View Full Details>>
Ayot Greenway5 miles (7.5 km)Follow this disused railway line from Wheathampstead to Welwyn Garden City on this easy cycle or walk in Hertfordshire View Full Details>>
Bath to Frome25 miles (40 km)Travel to the eastern tip of the Mendip Hills on NCN routes 4, 24 and 48 View Full Details>>
Bath to Midsomer Norton17 miles (27 km)This ride follows NCN routes 4, 24 and 48 through some lovely Somerset scenery View Full Details>>
Birmingham to Burton-Upon-Trent43 miles (70 km)On this ride you will follow NCN routes 5 and 54 through the West Midlands in to Staffordshire View Full Details>>
Birmingham to Lichfield28 miles (45 km)This route follows NCN routes 5 and 54 through the West Midlands in to Staffordshire View Full Details>>
Bishop's Stortford to Braintree22 miles (35 km)This route follows NCN route 16 from Hertfordshire into Essex View Full Details>>
Blackwater Rail Trail6 miles (10 km)This is a nice, easy cycle or walk along a disused railway line between Witham and Maldon in Essex View Full Details>>
Brampton Valley Way14 miles (23 km)This walk and cycle trail runs from the outskirts of Northampton to Market Harborough along the trackbed of a disused railway line and National Cycle route 6 View Full Details>>
Brandon - Bishop Auckland Walk9 miles (14 km)This is a nice easy cycling and walking path that follows a disused railway line from Brandon, near Durham to Bishop Auckland.
You will pass through the villages of Brancepeth and Willington, shortly before joining the River Wear for the final stretch into Bishop Auckland View Full Details>>
Bristol and Bath Railway Path16 miles (26 km)This lovely cycle or walk takes you along a disused railway line with its series of charming stations View Full Details>>
Bure Valley Path9 miles (14 km)This walk and cycle track runs along Bure Valley Railway, and the River Bure from Aylsham to Wroxham View Full Details>>
Burton-Upon-Trent to Derby16 miles (26 km)Travel through Staffordshire into Derbyshire along National Cycle route 54 on this pleasant short route View Full Details>>
Burton-Upon-Trent to Uttoxeter25 miles (40 km)Travel through Staffordshire and Derbyshire along National Cycle route 54 on this interesting route View Full Details>>
Buxton to Uttoxeter42 miles (68 km)Take a trip through the lovely White Peak area of the Peak District on this challenging route which also passes by the famous Alton Towers theme park View Full Details>>
Cambridge to St Ives along the Busway12 miles (20 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle along this disused railway line which now forms part of National Cycle Network Route 51 View Full Details>>
Camel Trail18 miles (29 km)This wonderful riverside trail follows a disused railway line and the River Camel from Padstow to Poley's Bridge View Full Details>>
Cardiff to Caerphilly12 miles (20 km)This is a lovely ride that follows NCN route 8 and the View Full Details>>
Cardiff to Newport28 miles (45 km)This is a lovely ride that follows NCN routes 8 and 47 between these two major Welsh cities View Full Details>>
Castle Eden Walkway9 miles (15 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk along this disused railway line which runs along National Cycle Network Route 1 View Full Details>>
Castleman Trailway16 miles (26 km)Travel from Ringwood to Poole along the disused Southampton to Dorchester railway line on this easy cycle and walking route View Full Details>>
Centurion Way6 miles (10 km)This pleasant short route follows the View Full Details>>
Chester to Rhyl34 miles (55 km)Travel from England to Wales along NCN route 5 on this attractive and fairly flat ride View Full Details>>
Chippenham to Calne Railway Path6 miles (10 km)This is a nice easy cycle or walk along the disused railway path from Chippenham to Calne View Full Details>>
Chiseldon and Marlborough Railway Path9 miles (14 km)This is a nice easy cycle or walking route along the now disused Chiseldon and Marlborough Railway.
It starts in Marlborough where you cross the River Kennet and head into the countryside along the path View Full Details>>
Chiseldon Timberland Trail4 miles (6.5 km)This short easy cycle or walk trail runs from Swindon to Chiseldon along the old Swindon to Marlborough railway line View Full Details>>
Cole Green Way5 miles (8 km)Travel from Welwyn Garden City to Hertford along a disused railway line on this easy cycle or walk in Hertfordshire View Full Details>>
Coleford Milkwall and Parkend railway path3 miles (5 km)This short cycling and walking path follows the disused Coleford Milkwall and Parkend railway from Coleford to Parkend View Full Details>>
Comber Greenway7 miles (12 km)This cycling and walking trail runs along National Cycle Network route 99 and a disused railway line from View Full Details>>
Consett and Sunderland Railway Path28 miles (45 km)A walk along a disused railway path from Consett to Sunderland View Full Details>>
Crab and Winkle Way7 miles (10.5 km)This lovely cycling and walking route runs from Whitstable on the Kent coast to Canterbury along National Cycle route 1 View Full Details>>
Crawley to Eastbourne48 miles (78 km)Follow National Cycle route 21 from Crawley to Eastbourne on the south coast View Full Details>>
Cuckoo Trail14 miles (23 km)This traffic free cycle and walking path runs along a disused railway line from Heathfield to the outskirts of Eastbourne View Full Details>>
Dava Way23 miles (37 km)A super cycling and walking route along a dismantled railway line from Forres in Moray to Granton-on-Spey, Highland View Full Details>>
Deerness Valley Way8 miles (13 km)This cycle or walk along a dismantled railway line runs from Stonebridge to Crook through the beautiful Deerness Valley View Full Details>>
Derby to Ashbourne22 miles (35 km)Follow NCN route 54 through Derbyshire on this lovely route View Full Details>>
Derwent Valley Walk11 miles (18 km)This lovely railway path runs from Swalwell, near Gateshead, to Consett alongside the River Derwent and is suitable for walkers and cyclists View Full Details>>
Dunfermline to Alloa15 miles (24 km)This lovely easy ride follows NCN route 764 and the trackbed of a disused railway line from Dunfermline to Alloa via Clackmannan and Carnock View Full Details>>
East Suffolk Line Walks71 miles (114 km)Follow the 'East Suffolk Line' railway from Ipswich to Lowestoft on this splendid walk through the Suffolk countryside View Full Details>>
Ebury Way3 miles (5 km)This is an easy short cycle and walking route ideal for families View Full Details>>
Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton Railway Path4 miles (7 km)This is a nice easy cycle or walk along the disused railway path running from Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton View Full Details>>
Exmouth to Lyme Regis31 miles (50 km)Follow National Cycle route 2 through the Devon countryside from Exmouth to Lyme Regis View Full Details>>
Exmouth to Sidmouth12 miles (20 km)This short route takes you along NCN route 2 from Exmouth to Sidmouth View Full Details>>
Fallowfield Loop8 miles (13 km)This traffic free cycle ride follows a National Cycle Network route from Chorlton-cum-Hardy to Debdale View Full Details>>
Five Pits Trail6 miles (10 km)This is a super off road cycling and walking trail running from Grassmoor Country Park to Tibshelf View Full Details>>
Flitch Way15 miles (24 km)The Flitch Way is a cycle and walking route running along a decomissioned railway line through Essex View Full Details>>
Forest Way11 miles (17 km)This cycling and walking route runs from East Grinstead to Groombridge following NCN route 21 along a flat tree lined path View Full Details>>
Formartine and Buchan Way53 miles (86 km)A super off road cycling and walking trail through Aberdeenshire following a dismantled railway line View Full Details>>
Glen Ogle8 miles (12.8 km)This lovely cycling and walking trail takes you along National Cycle Network Route 7 through the beautiful Glen Ogle View Full Details>>
Granite Way11 miles (18 km)This lovely, largely off road trail runs from Okehampton to Lydford through theDartmoor National Park View Full Details>>
Grantham to Newark-On-Trent25 miles (40 km)This route follows National Cycle routes 15 and 64 through Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire View Full Details>>
Grosmont to Goathland Rail Trail3 miles (5 km)Follow thetrack bed of the original Whitby-to-Pickering railway line on this short, easy walk in the North York Moors View Full Details>>
Guildford to Horsham22 miles (35 km)This route follows the Downs Link Bridlepath from Guildford to Horsham via Cranleigh.
The route starts by Guidlford rail and first follows the Wey Path along the River Wey before joining the Downs Link trail View Full Details>>
Hadleigh Railway Walk2 miles (3.3 km)This walk takes you along the trackbed of the oldHadleigh Railway line from Hadleigh to Raydon Wood railway station View Full Details>>
Harborne Walkway2 miles (2.5 km)Follow the Harborne Walkway along a disused railway line from Summerfield Park to Harborne on this easy walk or cycle in Birmingham View Full Details>>
High Peak Trail17 miles (28 km)This splendid, shared walking and cycle trail follows a disused railway line from Cromford to Dowlow through the beautiful Peak District National Park View Full Details>>
Horsham to Shoreham-By-Sea23 miles (37 km)Follow the View Full Details>>
Huddersfield to Barnsley40 miles (65 km)Follow National Cycle routes 68 and 62 on this varied route which takes you through the beautiful peak district and along sections of the Trans Pennine Trail View Full Details>>
Hull to Hornsea16 miles (25 km)Follow NCN route 65 on this lovely largely traffic free route View Full Details>>
Hull to Withernsea22 miles (35 km)This fairly flat ride follows NCN route 66 and the South Holderness Rail Trail from Hull to the Yorkshire coast View Full Details>>
Ilfracombe to Ossaborough Railway Path5 miles (8.5 km)This is a nice easy short walk or cycle along the disused London and South Western Railway Ilfracombe Branch Line, from Ilfracombe to Mortehoe and Woolacombe railway station View Full Details>>
Illey Way4 miles (6 km)The Illey Way runs along an old railway line from View Full Details>>
Keswick Railway Path6 miles (10 km)Enjoy an easy cycle or walk along the Keswick Railway Path in the Lake District National Park View Full Details>>
Lampeter to Aberystwyth31 miles (50 km)This lovely ride follows NCN route 82 and the beautiful View Full Details>>
Lanchester Valley Walk12 miles (19 km)This shared cycling and walking path uses the route of the railway originally built to carry iron ore to Consett Steelworks View Full Details>>
Liverpool Loop Line10 miles (16 km)This traffic free cycle ride follows National Cycle Route 62 and a disused railway line from Halewoodto Aintree View Full Details>>
Loch Lubnaig9 miles (15 km)This cycling and walking route follows National Cycle Route 7 from Callander to Strathyre along Loch Lubnaig View Full Details>>
Lon Eifion11 miles (18 km)This splendid cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway path from Caernarfon to Bryncir on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park View Full Details>>
Longdendale Trail8 miles (13 km)This splendid cycling and walking trail follows a disused railway line through the Longdendale in the View Full Details>>
Lyke Wake Walk40 miles (64 km)The Lyke Wake Walk is a complete crossing of the North Yorkshire Moors from west to east View Full Details>>
Manifold Way8 miles (13 km)Follow the River Manifold and the River Hamps through the Manifold Valley on this splendid shared walking and cycling path through the Peak District View Full Details>>
Marriot's Way22 miles (36 km)This wonderful cycle and walking path runs from Aylsham to Norwich along the trackbeds of two former railway lines View Full Details>>
Mawddach Trail9 miles (14 km)This splendid cycling and walking trail takes you along the old Ruabon to Barmouth railway line on excellent paths View Full Details>>
Melton Mowbray to Newark-On-Trent34 miles (55 km)Follow National Cycle routes 64 and 15 from Leicestershire into Nottinghamshire View Full Details>>
Meon Valley Trail9 miles (15 km)This peaceful cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway track from West Meon to Wickham View Full Details>>
Monsal Trail10 miles (16 km)Follow the Monsal Trail through the Peak District National Park on this cycling and walking path.
The trail follows a disused railway line from Chee Dale near Buxton to Bakewell with the first section following the River Wye to Monsal Head via Cressbrook and Miller's Dale View Full Details>>
New Lipchis Way37 miles (60 km)This is an exceptionally lovely walking trail that runs from Liphook, in Hampshire, to View Full Details>>
Newcastle to Bellingham56 miles (90 km)This long route takes you from Tyne and Wear into Northumberland along NCN routes 72 and 10 View Full Details>>
Nicky Line-Hemel-Hempstead to Harpenden8 miles (13 km)This short off road cycle or walking route runs along the View Full Details>>
Nidderdale Greenway4 miles (6.5 km)This traffic free route, follows the Nidderdale Greenway from Harrogate to Ripley in Yorkshire View Full Details>>
North Dorset Trailway17 miles (27 km)This splendid walking and cycling path runs along a dismantled railway line from Stalbridge to Spetisbury in Dorset View Full Details>>
Northampton to Market Harborough20 miles (32 km)This ride passes from Northamptonshire into Leicestershire along National Cycle route 6 View Full Details>>
Norwich to Fakenham29 miles (47 km)Follow NCN route 1 from Norwich to Fakenham on quiet roads and the lovely Marriot's Way View Full Details>>
Nutbrook Trail10 miles (16 km)This easy cycling and walking trail runs from Long Eaton to Heanor along the View Full Details>>
Outwood Trail4 miles (7 km)This cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway line from Radcliffe to Prestwich View Full Details>>
Oxford to Princes Risborough24 miles (38 km)Follow NCN route 57 on this lovely route through the Oxfordshire countryside View Full Details>>
Padstow to Bodmin14 miles (22 km) View Full Details>>
Parc Cwm Darran3 miles (5 km)This cycling and walking route takes you along an abandoned rail track and under a number of historic bridges used to transport coal from nearby collieries dotted around the surrounding countryside View Full Details>>
Parkland Walk3 miles (5.5 km)This walk in London follows the course of an old railway line running between Finsbury Park and View Full Details>>
Pentewan Trail7 miles (11 km)The Pentewan trail is a lovely traffic free cycle and walking path running from St Austell to Mevagissey along NCN route 3 View Full Details>>
Plymbridge Woods4 miles (6 km)This is the delightful Plymbridge Woods family cycle trail View Full Details>>
Pontypridd to Merthyr Tydfil14 miles (23 km)Follow the Taff trail and National Cycle route 8 on this short pleasant route View Full Details>>
Poole to Ringwood22 miles (35 km)Travel from Poole to Ringwood along NCN route 25 and view some lovely coastal scenery, heathland and countryside View Full Details>>
Rodwell Trail2 miles (3 km)The Rodwell Trail is a nice easy off road trail through Weymouth using a disused railway path View Full Details>>
Sett Valley Trail2 miles (4 km)This splendid cycling and walking trail runs through the beautiful Sett Valley in the Peak District View Full Details>>
Smardale Gill Viadiuct3 miles (5 km)This walk takes you through the pretty Smardale Gill along the trackbed of a disused railway line View Full Details>>
Southport to Aintree16 miles (25 km)This route follows NCN route 62 along the Trans Penine Trail from Southport to Aintree View Full Details>>
Southwell Trail7 miles (11 km)This traffic free cycling and walking trail links Southwell to Bilsthorpe in the Sherwood Forest area of Nottinghamshire View Full Details>>
Spen Valley Greenway8 miles (13 km)This splendid cycling and walking route runs along a disused railway line from Dewsbury to Oakenshaw near Bradford View Full Details>>
St Albans to Harlow28 miles (45 km)Starting in St Albans follow National Cycle route 61 from St Albans to Harlow via Welywn Garden City and Hertford View Full Details>>
St Austell to Lostwithiel19 miles (30 km)Follow National Cycle route 3 from St Austell to Lostwithiel on this lovely Cornish route View Full Details>>
Stafford to Stone11 miles (17 km)Follow National Cycle route 5 from Stafford to Stone on this pleasant short ride through Staffordshire.
The ride starts near Stafford rail station and soon joins a pleasant traffic free section along a dismantled railway line, taking you over the River Sow and through the outskirts of Stafford View Full Details>>
Stoke-On-Trent to Stafford18 miles (29 km)Head through Staffordshire along National Cycle route 5 on this fine cycle ride.
You start off at the train station in Stoke-on-Trent and head south to Stone along the Trent & Mersey Canal View Full Details>>
Stratford Greenway5 miles (8 km)This 5 mile cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway line from View Full Details>>
Strawberry Line (Yatton to Chard)11 miles (18 km)This splendid walk and cycle path runs along a former railway line that used to transport strawberries from Cheddar View Full Details>>
Stroud Valleys Trail6 miles (9 km)This route runs from Stonehouse to Nailsworth following a disused railway line View Full Details>>
Swansea to Bridgend30 miles (48 km)Follow NCN route 4 on this lovely ride which has splendid views of the South Wales coast and a fantastic stretch through Margam Country Park View Full Details>>
Swindon to Cirencester19 miles (30 km)This route follows NCN route 45 from Wiltshire to Gloucestershire taking you through a lovely part of the View Full Details>>
Taff Trail55 miles (88 km)Follow the River Taff, from Cardiff to Brecon, on this fantastic waterside cycling and walking route.
You start on the River Taff in Cardiff and head along the river northwards passing the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle View Full Details>>
Tees Railway Walk2 miles (4 km)This walk runs along the old trackbed of the Tees Valley Railway, from Cotherstone to Ronaldkirk View Full Details>>
Teversal Trail4 miles (7 km)Enjoy cycling and walking along these former railway lines, located on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border View Full Details>>
Thornhill Trail2 miles (3 km)This easy cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway line between Ladybower Dam down and Bamford station View Full Details>>
Tissington Trail13 miles (21 km)The Tissington trail is a 13 mile off road path following the trackbed of a disused railway line through the stunning Peak District National Park View Full Details>>
Tramway Trail6 miles (10 km)This short circular walk follows the bed of the Brill tramway, through Quainton, Westcott and Waddesdon View Full Details>>
Waskerley Way10 miles (16 km)This is a shared cycling and walking path that follows the route of the old Stanhope and Tyne Railway line View Full Details>>
Weavers' Way59 miles (95 km)Follow the Weavers' Way through the beautiful Norfolk Broads from Cromer to Great Yarmouth via North Walsham View Full Details>>
Wetherby to Spofforth Castle3 miles (5 km)Follow the Wetherby Railway Path from Wetherby to Spofforth on this easy walk or cycle in Yorkshire View Full Details>>
Whitby to Scarborough22 miles (35 km)Take this beautiful coastal ride in North Yorkshire from Whitby to Scarborough and marvel at the spectacular scenery View Full Details>>
Whitegate Way6 miles (10 km)A lovely, short cycle or walk on a disused railway line, running from Cuddington to Winsford through the Cheshire countryside View Full Details>>
Wirral Way12 miles (19 km)This is a terrific walk or cycle ride that runs along a pleasant traffic free path through the Wirral Countryside and along the coastal estuary of theRiver Dee View Full Details>>
Worth Way7 miles (11 km)This 7 mail long bridleway and footpath runs along NCN route 21 from Crawley to East Grinstead via the village of Crawley Down View Full Details>>
Wyre Forest7 miles (11 km)This large forest near Bewdley has miles of super cycling and walking trails to enjoy View Full Details>>
York to Selby16 miles (25 km)This lovely cycle and walk route starts on the banks of the River Ouse in the city of York and follows the Trans Pennine Trail and the York to Selby Railway Path south to Selby View Full Details>>

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