Today on the Ordnance Survey blog we’re going to talk about traffic free cycle routes. In Great Britain we’re blessed with 10 000 miles of traffic free cycle routes and today we’re going to share our top five locations with you.
Traffic free cycle routes are denoted on Ordnance Survey maps in one of two ways – first there is a trail of orange circles and the other is a red number in a clear box – denoting that it is part of the national cycle network.
The following are our top five locations for traffic free cycling in Great Britain – do you agree with our choices?
- Peak District
The Peak District offers miles of traffic free cycle routes including disused railway lines and some parts of the Trans Pennine Trail. Visit Peak District offers a selection of downloadable routes that take in quiet country lanes and traffic free routes.
There are some great traffic free cycle routes around the Scottish capital and surrounding area. Sustrans offers a downloadable guide to some of these routes that will take you around Edinburgh, Fife and the central borders area.
- New Forest
There are some great traffic free routes that go across the New Forest National Park. Whilst you may not have cars to deal with – you may come across the occasional New Forest pony on your route! With the area not being known for its hills – the relatively flat terrain is great for gentle cyclists like me!
- Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons have 6 dedicated traffic cycle routes that offer distances suitable for half day and full day rides.
There are some great stretches of traffic free cycling in London. There are large parts of the Thames Path that you can cycle along without the fear of a taxi, bendy bus or anything else getting in your way.
So these are our top 5 suggestions for traffic free cycling in Great Britain – where are your favourite routes?
Photograph: Gillian Moy via Geograph