Traffic Free / Off Road Cycling in South East England
Below are traffic free / off road long distance cycle routes in South East England. They consist of canal and river towpaths, disused railway lines, seafront paths, and some long distance walks which are also permissive routes for cyclists. While the new "NCN" national cycle routes show promise, few of them in the south east are traffic free for significant stretches. I look forward to being proved wrong!
Please note that most of these routes are mainly aimed at pedestrians, so please don't shame yourself and spoil it for other cyclists by cycling aggressively.
- Always give way to pedestrians, especially children, the elderly, and the less able
- Slow down when you meet pedestrians (and at blind bends)
- When approaching pedestrians from behind, please do not ring your bell (which can startle them), but slow to walking pace, and say 'excuse me'
- On rivers and canals : dismount under narrow or low bridges, and past locks
|South East||1||Downs Link : Guildford to Shoreham by Sea||68 km||6||2 disused railway lines and 2 riverside paths - level - and almost entirely traffic free|
|South East||2||Kennet and Avon Canal||156 km||4||A canal side towpath through rural England|
|London||3||Wandle Trail : Wandsworth to Wallington||12 km||1||A mix of riverside paths and small local parks. Traffic free but crosses many roads.|
|London||4||River Lee Navigation||41 km||1||A canal side path through Docklands, the Olympic Park, surburbia and the Lea Valley|
|London||5||Regents Canal||34 km||1||A canal side towpath through Victoria Park, Camden, Little Venice, West London|
|South East||6||Basingstoke Canal||54 km||1||A canal side towpath from Byfleet via Woking to Basingstoke|
|South East||7||North Kent Coast and Viking Trail||1 km||1||A sea wall path past some pretty coastline and seaside resorts|
|South East||8||Forest Way and Worth Way||24 km||1||2 disused railways lines through rural Sussex|
|South East||9||South Downs Way : Winchester to Eastbourne||155 km||10||Challenging - the south downs ridge - good trails but many hills|
|South East||10||Grand Union Canal : London to Birmingham||184 km||1||Quiet canal side towpath|
|South East||11||Thames Path : London to Oxford via Windsor and Reading||277 km||1||London, Richmond, Kew, Hampton Court, Windsor, Marlow, Henley, Reading, And Oxford|
|South East||12||Crab and Winkle Way : Canterbury to Whitstable||10 km||1||Disused railway line|
|South East||13||River Wey Navigation : Webridge to Godalming||31 km||2||Riverside path - 2 stretches of picturesque open countryside seperated by historic Guildford|
|South East||14||Cuckoo Trail : Eastbourne to Heathfield||23 km||1||A disused railway line path through quiet countryside|
Last Updated : Jan-17