Routes For All commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the formation of SPOKES and has been created and is being maintained by its members. It includes routes from SPOKES’ earlier publications, the Blue and Yellow Books, as well as new routes. Its objective is to offer routes that are family friendly, suitable for new cyclists as they build up confidence on longer rides and for experienced cyclists new to the area, to show off the lovely countryside available to them. SPOKES exists to encourage and campaign for cycling, and if you would like to support its work you can join the group.
The guidance provided with these routes represents the opinion of the route creator, and the information included was believed to be accurate at the time the route was created. If you choose to follow a route, the responsibility for your safety and that of any riders with you, remains with you.
Use the tick boxes below to set the criteria for the routes you are interested in. Read the notes after the tick boxes to ensure you get the routes you want. You will see the routes that meet all of the criteria you have selected and these may be spread over over several pages. Use the NEWER ENTRIES and OLDER ENTRIES boxes at the bottom of the page to navigate between pages. Click on RidewithGPS below the map for a detailed map, more information about that route and the options to download a GPS file or printed directions to guide you on the route. Please read the information and guidance provided, and if you are relying on the availability of any of the refreshment stops mentioned, please contact the establishment before you ride.
You can also view a map of the area with all of the routes overlaid. You can choose routes from this map and you’ll also see a full list of all the routes below the map. Whilst there is the option below to search by start point, it is possible to join a route at any point. By zooming in to an area of this map where it would be convenient for you to start from, you may increase the number of routes available to you.
You will gain much more from SPOKES’ Routes For All if you are familiar with what information is available for each route. Please read How To Use The Route Maps for more details, including instructions on how to obtain the correct format of GPS file and printed directions.
We’d love to receive your feedback on our routes. If you find any errors or have suggestions for improvements in any of the existing routes, have suggestions for a new ride that you would like to share or just want to comment on a ride, please see here.
Select routes by feature
Choose one or more features and press “Show routes“:
- Only routes that meet ALL of the criteria you select will be shown. Therefore if you select VISIT: Alban Way and VISIT: Ebury Way, only routes that go through both locations will be shown. In most cases you will only want to select one option from each type – one area or start location, one distance, one type and one location visited. You don’t have to make a selection from every type, you could just select the distance you are interested in or the distance and the area.
- Family friendly – show routes where we don’t expect you will ride with fast moving traffic or with very challenging hills. You may have to cross busy roads and use cycle paths alongside busier roads and some of these routes use the canal towpath. Families include riders with a range of ages and capabilities. For example, a family route may not be suitable for a 6 year old who has only just learnt to ride and has not ridden on roads. Please read the route information to check that the route is suitable for your family.
- Confidence builder – show routes that we believe a new cyclist can use and will feel safe on as they gain experience. Please check the route information, as the length and type of route you will feel comfortable on, will change as you gain experience.
- On road – show routes on surfaced roads and cycle paths, or where any unsurfaced sections are suitable for bikes with thin tyres.
- Thin Tyres – show routes which we believe are suitable for a bike with thin tyres.
- Checked – show only routes that have been checked out by SPOKES’ members. Routes that have not been fully checked out will have NOT CHECKED at the start of the ride description. We would welcome any feedback on these routes.