There are many bridleways across the country that despite being specifically designed for horse riders, make for perfect off-road cycling trails too.

To find out if there are any bridleway routes near you, pick up a local ordinance survey map and look for the symbol that shows where bridleways begin and end.

It can be tricky to create long-distance or circular routes this way so we've found ten well-mapped bridleway routes to get you started.


Stretching from Derbyshire to Cumbria, the Pennine Bridleway is a 205 mile route that can be completed in smaller sections or in its entirety.

Situated in the North of England, riders should expect changeable weather and the hilly nature of the trail means there are some steep sections.

There are two loops along the trail: the 47 mile Mary Towneley Loop in the South Pennines and the shorter ten mile Settle Loop in the Yorkshire Dales. Either of these loops make for a great stand alone bike ride.

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Following two disused railway lines, Marriott's Way bridleway route spans 26 miles from the old market town of Aylsham right into the city of Norwich.

Passing through stunning countryside, lucky cyclists will be able to spot owls, hares, deer, kestrels, otters and kingfishers as they ride past Wensum River Valley and Whitwell Common. There are also several public rights of way access points along the route enabling cyclists to extend their ride further.

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This 37 mile route along the Downs Link Bridleway can easily be completed in one go, or split up into six short sections. Connecting the North Downs Way National Trail with the South Downs Way National Trail, the bridleway route begins in Guildford and heads out to the coast to the finishing point at Shoreham-by-Sea.

Cycling past lots of lush countryside and wildlife en route, the bridleway can also be joined at several other points along the route and cyclists can continue their ride along other National Routes, such as the Wey-South Path.

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Dartmoor National Park in South Devon boasts over 215 miles of bridleways and byways for cyclists to enjoy.

To plan your own route, a Dartmoor and Surrounding Area for Cyclists map is available to purchase from any of the visitor centres around the park and is a great buy for anyone planning on spending a bit of time getting to know the different trails.

A leaflet detailing a 12 mile circular route from Princetown can be downloaded for free from the website as a great starter route.

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peddars way

Beginning on the Norfolk/Suffolk border in Knettishall, The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coastal Path stretches 93 miles to Cromer on Norfolk's heritage coast.

The route mainly follows the Roman Road and is made up of a mixture of bridleways and unclassified country roads. However there are a few sections that cyclists are not permitted to ride on, but there are alternative road routes available at these points.

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warwick canals

Taking in the picturesque Warwickshire country side, the North Warwick Canals and Bridleways cycling route is a circular twenty mile trail from Warwick Racecourse.

A pleasant cycle, be sure to stop off at the Tom O' The Woods pub halfway along the route for a tasty lunch or refreshing drink before pedalling on for the last leg of the ride.

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coombe country park

Home to 500 acres of pretty parkland, Coombe Country Park in Warwickshire is also the starting point of an exciting twelve mile cycle trail. Despite the first two miles running along public roads, the rest of the trail continues down bridleways and up and down hills.

With the beautiful backdrop of the country park, farmyards and canals, this is a great trail for a summer's afternoon.

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devoran quay

A coast to coast route, the Portreath to Devoran cycle trail covers a 14 mile section of the epic Land's End to Bude route. Known as The Mineral Tramway, the route beings on the Atlantic Coast at Portreath and finishes in the small harbour town of Devoran.

The bridleway route is mostly gravel-based but takes in a few quiet country lanes too. The Cornish village of Scorrier lies half-way down the route making it the perfect refreshment stop.

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swinsty and timble cycle route

An easy five mile cycle route perfect for a post-work ride, the Swinsty and Timble Cycle Route begins in Swinsty Moor Plantation car park.

The trail takes in Fewston Reservoir, woodlands and farmyards before linking up to the Denton and Blubberhouses Moor bridleways leading to Denton and Beamsley.

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st leonards forest

Primarily off-road, the thirteen mile circular route through Horsham and St Leonard's Forest begins in Roosthole car park and passes through Holmbush Forest and surrounding farmland too making for a scenic, peaceful ride.

The trail is at its prettiest during blue bell season when a blanket of blue covers the floor of St Leonard's Forest.

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