National Cycle Route 6

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National Cycle Route 6 (or NCR 6) is a route of the National Cycle Network, running from London to the Lake District.


Parts of the route are currently incomplete and some sections follow other routes.[1]

London to Derby[edit]

Harpenden | Milton Keynes | Luton | Northampton | Market Harborough | Leicester | Loughborough | Derby

Milton Keynes[edit]

Cycleway network in Milton Keynes. NCR routes 6 and 51 are highlighted in red. (Extracted from
© OpenStreetMap contributors).

Route 6 enters Milton Keynes from the south following the Grand Union Canal in southern Bletchley. After a loop through central Bletchley close to Bletchley railway station and Bletchley Park, it resumes its track northwards via Fenny Stratford along the valley of the River Ouzel (near The Open University campus and Milton Keynes General Hospital) and the Grand Union to Campbell Park (where it intersects National Cycle Route 51 heading west to Central Milton Keynes and Milton Keynes Central railway station). At Great Linford, the route heads west along the former Wolverton to Newport Pagnell Line (now a rail trail). At Old Wolverton (near Wolverton railway station), the route crosses the River Great Ouse to leave the Milton Keynes Urban Area for the rural villages of Castlethorpe and Hanslope before crossing into Northamptonshire.

Derby to Penistone[edit]

Derby | Sheffield | Penistone

Penistone to Reddish[edit]

Penistone | Reddish

Between Penistone and Reddish, the route follows National Route 62 along the Trans Pennine Trail.

Reddish to Bury[edit]

Reddish | Fallowfield | Whalley Range | Manchester | Bury

From Reddish, National Route 6 enters Manchester via the Fallowfield Loop. Passing through Whalley Range and Manchester city centre it then follows part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail as it runs through Drinkwater Park and north towards Bury.

Bury to Keswick[edit]

Bury | Preston | Kendal | Keswick


  1. ^ "National Route 6". Sustrans. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 

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