GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

National Cycle Route 6

406 miles (654 km)

This is the complete route for Sustrans National Cycle Route 6. The route runs from Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire to Threkeld in the Lake District.
Highlights on the route include the Grand Union Canal towpath, the popular Brampton Valley Way and some stunning Lake District scenery towards the northern end of the route.
Please scroll down for a map, a selection of routes using the trail and a gpx download.

Cycle Routes on National Cycle Route 6

National Cycle Route 6 OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

National Cycle Route 6 Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The epic Chilterns Cycleway can be picked up near the route. The signed circular trail runs for about 170 miles through the Chilterns AONB on quiet country lanes, visiting a series of delightful villages.


79 River Conder and Condor Viaduct 5885

River Conder and Condor Viaduct. Galgateis south ofLancaster University, Lancaster, Lancashire. In the parish of Ellel, it is on the River Conder, A6 road, the Lancaster Canal, the West Coast Main Line and National Cycle Route 6. It is home to the former Galgate Silk Mill. The Condor Viaduct (sic) takes the WCML over the River Conder.

Bestwood National Cycle Network route 6 6513

The trail as you pass through Bestwood Country Park

Entrance to the Brampton Valley Way - - 223423

Entrance to the Brampton Valley Way. For walkers and cyclists. A signpost says Market Harborough 15(miles), which is where the trail leads.

Five Weirs Walk - - 110287

Five Weirs Walk. This is the point where the Sheffield Five Weirs Walk passes over the River Don and beneath one of the railway arches of the former Great Central Railway. The bridge is suspended by cables from the arch of the viaduct. The picture was taken from the third floor of the Royal Victoria hotel.

Grand Union Canal Rickmansworth - - 27935

Grand Union Canal at Rickmansworth near the start of the route

Lancaster Canal - - 1652337

Lancaster Canal At Bolton le Sands. The milespost indicates 21 miles to Kendal.

Irwell Sculpture Trail - - 115247

Irwell Sculpture Trail- in Bury, Greater Manchester. Looking roughly east along this part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail near Prestwich and Clifton. Formerly known as the Irwell Valley Way - it is part ofRoute 6. An NCN marker can be seen in the photo next to the riverside path.

Norden Bridge, Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Rishton, Lancashire - - 1601237

Norden Bridge, Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Rishton, Lancashire

GPS Files

GPX File

National Cycle Route 6.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')