Where to Ride in Milton Keynes

Redways and leisure routes 

Milton Keynes is the one of the a few places in the UK with a unique network of ‘Redways’, which allow people walking, wheeling and cycling to get around the entire city without having to use the roads. 

There are over 200 miles of Redways and 50 miles of leisure routes taking in a wide variety of scenery, areas of interest and countryside. The Redways provide easy movement around the city with access to key destinations, such as schools, workplaces, shops, leisure facilities, parks and green spaces.


That's not all! Milton Keynes has some stunning locations surrounding the city, own a Road Bike? Why not venture further out to some of the lovely neighbouring towns and villages.

Keep an eye on this page as we like to work with local businesses and we may add special deals on here, only available to those registered on Love to Ride! 

Find out more about cycling in and around Milton Keynes with articles, information, routes, events and more on the Get Cycling MK site.

New or Returning Rider? 

There are a number of short scenic routes in Milton Keynes for new or returning cyclists. They are great to build up confidence! 

Here are two of the most popular routes:

Caldecotte Lake - circular route of a distance of 2.6 miles - which will take you round both the North and South Lake!  It is situated in the south eastern reaches of Milton Keynes between Bletcham Way H10 and Brickhill Street V10. The National Cycle Route 6 joins the Caldecotte Lake Leisure Route. When you arrive at Caldecotte Lake you can enjoy a range of facilities and activities from watersports, bird watching, outdoor adventures and children’s activities. Refreshments are available at the Lakeside hotel.

Willen Lake - circular route of 3.2 miles, taking you round the North and South lakes.  A very popular park for walking and cycling. There are a wide range of leisure facilities, as well as quiet scenic spots for taking in the local wildlife or sharing a picnic with friends. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available at key locations around the lakes.

Why not make a whole day of it? South Willen Lake, links into Ouzel Valley Park. More information about this extended route can be found here.

I already cycle! 

If you already cycle lots why not try out some of the routes we have to offer! 

Millennium Route - is a circular 12 mile route around MK on quiet, picturesque paths. Visit some of the city’s best heritage and cultural destinations.

Cultural Trails – MKC and the Pedalling Culture have developed 5 cultural trails, each 10 mile in length, with a 5 miler short cut option. Routes encompass cultural venues, public art and points of heritage interest along the way, find out more information here

All routes and further information can be found on using our interactive map

Bit of both? You can also make use of the National Cycle Network, launched by Sustrans. Two routes pass through Milton Keynes. Route 6 runs north south linking Northampton to Leighton Buzzard and Route 51 runs east-west, linking Bedford to Oxford.

Fancy creating your own journey?

Alternatively you can create your own adventure using our online Journey Planner!

Keeping safe on the Redways! 

We want to ensure everyone can enjoy using the Redways. Redways can be great to get you to work, when visiting the shops or your friends/families, for exploring the outdoors.  It is key when using the Redways that you:

  • Respect other people and users
  • Protect the environment
  • Enjoy!

To find out more about using the Redways here

Cycling Superpowers Webinar! 

We ran an Urban Cycling Skills webinar in October in partnership with Love to Ride, if you missed it first time around catch up with a recording of the webinar here.

This fun, free, 50-minute webinar is for anyone who wants to ride comfortably and confidently on the road.

Qualified instructors will show you how to make sure your bike is roadworthy and how to prepare for your journey. You will then unlock two Cycling Superpowers that allow you to communicate effectively with other road users, control the traffic around you and enjoy your ride.

A Travel Planner from Milton Keynes Council talked about local routes and the support on offer to help you ride.

Contact us! 

If you have any questions regarding cycling in Milton Keynes, or any information on this page get in touch with one of our team who would be happy to help you! Contact us at cycling@milton-keynes.gov.uk or visit our website for more information. 

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