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Camel Trail, Cornwall

Start / end Wenford Bridge / Padstow (short spur to Bodmin)
Street 18 miles
Arrival / Away It is a short distance from the Bodmin Parkway station to the trail of Boscarne Junction, northwest of Bodmin town. Or bike on one of the steam locomotives of Bodmin and Wenford Railway from the Bodmin Parkway to the intersection. Follow the trail northeast to Wenfordbridge or northwest to Padstow. Or take the 11A bus (plymouthcitybus.co.uk) from Bodmin Parkway to Padstow for a bike ride.
Bicycle rental Bodmin Bikes and Trail Munki from Bodmin; Snail & # 39; s at Wenfordbridge at Pace Cafe; At Wadebridge, Camel Trail Cycle Hide; Trail bike rental at Padstow
Potential stopover Bodmin, Wade Bridge and Padstow
Top tips Check out the Camel River Festival or Cornwall Folk Festival in Wadebridge every August.

The best-known former rail cycle route in the United States is one of the most lovely. Occupying the largest portion of 20 miles north of Cornwall, the resort starts at the southwest edge of Bodmin Moor and follows the river camel down to Wadebridge, along the estuary of Padstow, a popular seaside resort. To) It is primarily off-road and combines most of the Bodmin and Wade Bridge railroads and the North Cornwall Railway segment.

Killin Cycle Routes in Callander, Trosac

Railway overpass in Glen Ogle, Sterlingshire, Scotland.

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Start / end Callander / Killeen
Street 24 miles
Arrival / Away Go to Sterling by rail and take the bus no.1 or 59, or take the bus to Callander to ride a bike
Bicycle rental At the Wheels Cycling Center just outside Callander
Potential stopover Colin, Killeen
Top tips From Killeen, visit the well-known inch Bui Island, which is also in the middle of the chart river. The Clan Macnab chief hides the most unusual ancient burial ground among the conifers. The key to the island's door can be obtained from your local library.

Less frequently used railway loops are not described as "challenging," but the Scottish mountainous terrain often caused problems for Victoria civil engineers. Passing through Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Parks, this trail mostly follows the exhausted Callander and Oban Railway. It heads along the Loch Lubnaig coast and the Balvaig River east river before sharing a narrow valley carved by the Garbh Uisge river with old military roads. Reaching high above Loch Earn's head, it breaks through Glen Ogle, passes through a magnificent overpass (photo), and finally descends to Killin at the southern end of Loch Tay. Thankfully, Strathyre's licensed Broch Café is a cozy place to stop mid-rides for light meals or Italian coffee and tray baking.

Bristol and Bath railway route, tumble

Couple cycling on Bristol and Bath railway route in spring.

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Start / end Bristol Harbor / Bathrooms City Center
Street 16 miles
Arrival / Away Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa train stations are conveniently located at both ends of the trail (same line).
Bicycle rental Take the Brompton folding bike at Bristol Temple Meads station or ride an existing bike near Cycle the City. Bathing at Green Park Bike Station
Potential stopover Bristol, Bath
Top tips Return trip along Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath

This path is by no means the shortest path between Bristol and Bath, but represents a sort of hippocampal curve. The most enjoyable way to travel between the two. The smooth, wide roads are lined with trees along the former track of the confusing name Midland Railway, giving you the feeling of a secret tunnel from the center of one grand city to another. Some of the former stations remain intact, and Warmley's waiting room has been turned into an cafe serving tea and cakes on an old platform. There is another cafe at Bitton station, the home of the Avon Valley Railway, and three miles of restored track (cycle paths side by side). When the trees are split, there's a great view that rural Somerset and the Gloucestershire and Avon River companies can enjoy at the end of Bath.

Concrete track, North yorkshire

Robin Hoods Bay

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Start / end Whitby / Scarborough
Street 21 miles
Arrival / Away The start and end are close to the Whitby and Scarborough train stations respectively.
Bicycle rental From the former Hawsker train station near Whitby (trailways.info)
Potential stopover Whitby, Robin Hood & # 39; s Bay, Scarborough
Top tips You can win traditionally, but the concrete track on the trail is not suitable for thin road tires, so you need a hybrid or mountain bike. Hayburn Wyke's 18th-century coaching inn is a great place for lunch and a pint of Black Sheep ale.
The rail lines that joined Whitby and Scarborough have been in operation for eighty years since 1885, carrying passengers and goods along the coast from the eastern end of North York Moors. Named after the track ballast still carrying the surface to the surface, the Cinder Track now forms the long off-road segment of National Cycle Network Route 1. Make a proper grand exit from Whitby. Along the way, Maw Wyke Hole and Cloughton Wyke are two of the small cracked creeks if you want to have a picnic to eat at sea. Famous for the east end of the Wainwright Coastal Promenade, Robin Hoods Bay (pictured) is a delightful fishing village where narrow street mazes are loved by smugglers. Ravenscar, one of Britain's first chemical works, offers free tours of the 16th-century peak alum works. And Scarborough is a castle of cape making a dramatic destination.

Norfolk's Marriott Way

Marriott Way Viewed From Parking Lot Of Atlanta Bridge

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Start / end No Location / Ilsham
Street 26 miles
Arrival / Away Short distance from Norwich station to the start. Finally, it takes 6 miles to the nearest station of North Walsham or Worthstead. Or, because the route ends at Aylsham station, bike from the minimum gauge Bure Valley railroad to Wroxham & Hoveton to turn it into a more traditional train or take a 9-mile cycle route with the restored rail line.
Bicycle rental Norwich's Social Enterprise Bike Link or Station Bike and Membership Scheme
Potential stopover Norwich, Ale Sharm
Top tips Every August, the Reepham 19 Music Festival and the annual Agricultural Aylsham Show are held.

Named after the innovative railway engineer William Marriott, the route wisely combines two late Victorian railway lines, creating a pleasant eccentric across the Norfolk countryside. One line belonged to the East and Midland railways (which became Midland and Great Northern, nicknamed "Muddle and Go Nowhere"), and ran northwest across Norfolk from Norwich. The other was built by the East Norfolk Railway and meandered southwest from Aylsham. Together they ride the canyon along the Wensum River from the outskirts of Norwich to Whitwell and Reepham stations, where there are cafes, bike rentals and campgrounds. Then strike east through Reepham to arrive at Aylsham and a medieval half-timbered house. Along the trail are railroad-inspired sculptures and breathing Foxley Wood nature reserves.

Deeside Way, Aberdeenshire

Cyclist using the side way

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Start / end Aberdeen / Vallarta
Street 41 miles
Arrival / Away Easy departure from Aberdeen station
Bicycle rental Cyclist highland and bike station in Valletta
Potential stopover Aberdeen, Banchory, Aboyne and Ballater
Top tips For mapping and information on riding plans, visit deesideway.org.

While the Deeside Way doesn't always follow the exhausted rail line, there's a 13-mile road and forest track section in the middle, which you can forgive after passing through this stunning countryside. The former royal Deeside Railway moved the monarchs to Balmoral on royal trains. The bike now moves to Banchory from southwest Granite City. After the Sylvain stretches to Aboyne, the trail rejoins the old railroad to finish off at Ballater to travel to Cairngorms National Park. In the process, many railway infrastructures still remain evidence, including the ghost stations of Pitfodels, Cults and Bieldside. This path crosses two historic driving roads and passes through the Kindrumine O & # 39; Neil, the oldest town in the medieval drum castle and di. If you are lucky, you may see red kites, osprey, and white-tailed eagles. To get an idea of ​​what the line looks like once, take the Royal Deeside Railway, a small heritage of the Milton of Crathes.

East whis trail, Three radiance

Beautiful sunset reflecting over the lake along the Ystwyth Trail

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Start / end Aberystwyth / Tre Garon
Street 21 miles
Arrival / Away There is a direct train from Birmingham New Street to Aberystwyth (3 hours). Tregaron is a bit wild, but if you rent a bike in Crys Melin Cycling (see below), you can take the 585 bus back to Aberystwyth.
Bicycle rental Crys Melyn Cycling offers a free pick up / drop off service for Ystwyth Trail, so you can ride a bike or get off at Aberystwyth, Trawsgoed, Pontrhydygroes or Tregaron.
Potential stopover Aberystwyth, Font Reed Fendi Guide, Tre Garon
Top tips In 2019, Ceredigion Art Trail will bring countless artists and performers to the county by September 5th, or visit ceredigionarttrail.org.uk to manage their own art trail around Aberystwyth.

The dream of owners of Manchester and Milford Railroad in the 1860s was to connect Lancashire's cotton factories with Milford Haven Harbor. Their ambitious plans began beyond the powerful Cors Caron peat bogs and the Cambrian Mountains. In the end, they succeeded in connecting Milford and Aberystwyth. The East Whistle Trail follows the northern end of this side tracked venture, which was closed in 1965. The creators of the cycle path were similarly derailed at the southern end. The trail is sometimes pushed down the road from the track bed. . But still cracking is possible. Leave the coastal resort of Aberystwyth and follow the Afon Ystwyth river south and follow Teifi south to Tregaron.

High Peak Trail, Derbyshire

Tandem at High Peak Trail nr Gotham, National Route 54

Photo: Paul Kirkwood / Sustrans

Start / end Dowlow Farm near Pomeroy / Cromford
Street 17 miles
Arrival / Away Take NCN Route 68 from Buxton Train Station and the road will return to the start of the trail. The end is about 1 mile from Cromford station on the line between Derby and Matlock.
Bicycle rental Buxton Station has a Bike & Go membership hub. Middleton's Council-run Middleton Top Cycle Rental Center, run by Wirksworth, is located at the southern end of the trail
Potential stopover Buxton, Wirksworth, Cromford and Matlock
Top tips 25th anniversary of the Wirksworth Festival in 2019 (September 6-15), celebrating the work of about 150 artists

In 1831, the Cromford and High Peak Railways transported the first mineral between the Cromford Canal and the Peak Forest Canal on the Whaley Bridge. These unusual canals and tracks between canals survived until Beeching in 1967. The ongoing trail from Ladmanlow climbs to 386 meters, giving you a good view of the White Peak area of ​​Peak District National Park. . Other highlights include Arbor Low's Neolithic Monument and the picturesque market town of Wirksworth.

Lanchester Valley Railway Path, Joint Durham

Terris Novalisscultprues, Conset

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Start / end West Durham, South Conset
Street 12 miles
Arrival / Away Easy departure from NCN Route 14 Durham Train Station. There is no station near the end, so the best course is to buy a house from the consort or return to Durham.
Bicycle rental None near the route
Potential stopover Durham, Lanchester and Conset
Top tips durham.gov.uk has a great downloadable flyer with maps and information about the entire County Durham Durham Railway Cycle Route.

In 1862, the Lanchester Valley Railway was engulfed in the sound of a locomotive that transported iron ore to Consett's steel mill and coal in the Langley Park mine. The last humming along the line after a century, replaced by this beautiful cycling route. Starting at Broompark just outside Durham, the trail will soon arrive at Bearpark's 13th-century Beaurepaire Priory. Lanchester offers not only a bustling market town with cafes and restaurants, but also the ruins of the Roman fort Longovicium, which protected the main road between York and Hadrian's Wall. The trail offers fantastic views of the Durham countryside and the River Browney, and there are plenty of places for nature lovers to see roe deer, large butterfly orchids, and redwings and fields when winter comes. Near the trail's end is an amazing sculpture of the Mammoth Surveying Instrument (photo).

Forest Way, West / East Sussex

Poohsticks Bridge of Ashdown Forest, East Sussex

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Start / end East Grinstead / Groombridge
Street 11 miles
Arrival / Away There is a train station at both ends of the trail.
Bicycle rental On East Bikestead On Your Bike; Deer leap of Saint Hill Green; In Forest Row through a community app based scheme; Countrybike and Groombridge, Hartfield and Forest Row
Potential stopover East Grinstead, Forest Row, Groom Bridge
Top tips Take a trip to the Forest Row Festival through music, art and workshops from September 18-22

When Richard Beeching slaughtered most of the Three Bridges on the Tunbridge Wells line in the 1960s, one of the affected villages was Forest Row. After that, he and his villagers had to travel four miles to East Grinstead to catch the train. The disadvantage is that Forest Way is a designated linear national park, not a circular path of the previous rail line. The green corridor passes through the High Weald region with its outstanding natural beauty just north of the Ashdown Forest and offers wildlife a vital habitat. Leaving East Grinstead, the trail reaches the charming town Forest Row, Hartfield, Weedham and the small town Grumbridge. The old line crosses the Roman road and is close to the Pooh Bridge (photo) near Hartfield where people still play Poohsticks.

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