We stock a wide range of maps and guide books for all of the long-distance cycle-touring routes in the UK. What’s more, we have cycled a good few of them or at least parts of them!

These include the C2C coast to coast cycle route, the Scottish C2C, the Reivers Route, Hadrian’s Cycleway, Walney to Wear, the Way of the Roses, the Trans-Pennine Trail, the Devon Coast to Coast, the Coast and Castles and Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The waymarked cycle routes are mostly Sustrans official routes, though some are not: the Reivers Route is a regional route and LEJOG has no official route or signposting at all. Click the links below to find more information on each, or to buy cycle maps / guide books, click to go direct to the Shop.

Long-distance cycle-touring routes in the UK

Long-distance cycle-touring routes in the UK

The C2C Coast to Coast Cycle Route – the ‘Sea to Sea’

The C2C Coast to Coast Cycle Route - the 'Sea to Sea'
The C2C Coast to Coast Cycle Route – the ‘Sea to Sea’

This is the iconic coast to coast cycle route, normally done in 3-4 days. Some testing hills and beautiful scenery.

The route is normally done West to East, with start points at Whitehaven and Workington, and end points at Tynemouth and Sunderland.

More information on the Sustrans C2C coast to coast cycle route.

Buy the Sustrans C2C coast to coast cycle route map and a guide book.

The Scottish C2C Coast to Coast cycle route

This is a new cycle route through the Southern Uplands of Scotland, from coast to coast. This is the complete guide to the Scottish C2C. The guide book includes maps, directions, attractions along the way, accommodation and much more.

More information on the Scottish C2C cycle route.

Buy the Scottish C2C cycle route guide book.

Hadrian’s Cycleway

Probably the second most popular coast-to-coast route.

Starts in Tynemouth along the same route as the C2C, but then keeps to the Tyne Valley to cross the Pennines.

More information on Hadrian’s Cycleway.

Buy the Sustrans Hadrian’s Cycleway map.

Reivers Route cycle map
The Reivers Route

The Reivers Route

Originally known as “The Return C2C”, the Reivers Route starts at Tynemouth and finishes in Whitehaven. It’s wilder country than the C2C, and a longer route, but with fewer big climbs.

More information on the Reivers Route.

Buy the Reivers Route cycle map.

Walney to Wear Cycle Route

Probably the least cycled of the routes linking the Cumbrian coast and the North East, but an extremely good route.

More information on the Walney to Wear cycle route.

Buy the Sustrans Walney to Wear cycle route map.

Way of the Roses Cycle Route

Starting on the Lancashire coast, and finishing on the Yorkshire coast, taking in Lancaster, the Dales and York along the way.

174 miles. A cracking route.

More information on the Way of the Roses cycle route.

Buy the Sustrans Way of the Roses cycle route map and guide book.

Trans-Pennine Trail

Starting on the Lancashire coast at Southport, heading into Liverpool on marked cycleways, then east into Manchester and on into Yorkshire.

More information on the Trans-Pennine Trail.

Buy the Trans-Pennine Trail maps and guide books.

Devon Coast to Coast cycle route
Devon Coast to Coast cycle route

Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route

This is a 102 mile route from either Ilfracombe or Bude on the north coast of Devon to Plymouth on the south coast. It is a wonderful route taking in coasts, estuaries and beaches, plus The Granite Way on the flank of Dartmoor, the Plym Valley Trail and the famous Tarka Trail.

Easier than the real C2C, but still with some climbs – it’s not flat! If you’re not sure about the real C2C as a challenge, maybe do this one first?

More information on the Devon Coast to Coast cycle route.

Buy your Devon Coast to Coast cycle route maps and guide book.

Coast and Castles Cycle Route

The 200 mile Coast & Castles South cycle route (National Route 1) links the Forth and Tyne estuaries, taking in some of Britain’s best built and natural heritage, including Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, unspoiled coastline and the beautiful Tweed Valley before arriving in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.

An extension to Aberdeen is now Coast and Castles North.

More information on the Coast and Castles cycle route.

Buy your Coast & Castles map here.

And then there is the granddaddy of long-distance cycle-touring routes in the UK – 

Land's End to John O'Groats Cycle Route
Land’s End to John O’Groats Cycle Route

Land’s End to John O’Groats Cycle Route

Three guide books show a variety of routes, from country lanes to fast A-roads. The guide books are:

– Phil Horsley’s ‘Land’s End to John O’Groats – Great British Cycling Adventure’.

– Brian Smailes’s ‘Land’s End to John O’Groats Guide’.

– Cicerone’s ‘End to End Cycle Route – Land’s End to John O’Groats’.

More information on the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycling guide books.

Buy your Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle guide book

Other long-distance cycle-touring routes in the UK

There are other waymarked cycle-touring routes of course, and you can find them in the Bike Ride Shop here.