Britains 2000 miles of hidden cycle ways.

If I was to say that there is over 2000 miles of cycleways in the UK many of which are underused what would be you’re reaction?

I am talking about the canal network.  Some of the canals have been with us since the 12th Century they vary in length from 0.1 miles, the Wardle Canal in Cheshire which connects the Trent and Mersey to the Shropshire union canal, to the 142 mile Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

They pass through Highland Glens, historic castles and bisect our major cities.  Traffic free, flat and mainly well maintained some of these paths are on the NCN so why not give them a try?

SBT have several tours which travel along the Caledonian Canal and the Union canal an ideal introduction to cycle touring or if you like something more testing do the Great Glen Way which follows the Caledonian Canal.

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Author: Jim Taylor

I am a 58 year old Scottish endurance athlete. I run, bike, walk and race. I have taken outdoor qualifications and coach others. I am the owner of and guide for Scottish bike touring.

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