Where to Ride Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes is the only place in the UK with a unique network of ‘redway’ paths, which allow cyclists and pedestrians to get around the entire city without having to cross main roads. There are over 200 miles of redways and 40 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.
Find out more about cycling in and around Milton Keynes with articles, information, routes, events and more on the Get Cycling MK site.
Local rides for new cyclists
There are a number of short scenic routes in Milton Keynes for new cyclists. Here are two of the most popular.
Caldecotte Lake (circular route 2.6 miles - north and south lake) - 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 3.2 miles - north and south lake) - 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.
If you fancy making a day of it, South Willen Lake links into Ouzel Valley Park. More information about this extended route can be found here.
Local bike hire
No bike? No problem! Bike hire is available across Milton Keynes courtesy of Santander Cycles MK. Whether for fun or for work, the cycle hire scheme will help you get around Milton Keynes more easily. Register now, ride today! For more information about locations, hire charges and becoming a user, visit their site http://www.santandercyclesmk.co.uk
Lime Bikes are also available in Milton Keynes – electric assisted dockless hire bikes. Easy to use and great to ride. Download the Lime app and locate the nearest Lime-E to you. For more information visit https://www.li.me/locations/uk
I already cycle
Millennium Route, a circular 12 mile route around MK on quiet, picturesque paths. Visit some of the city’s best heritage and cultural destinations. Use our Journey Planner to see the route.
Cultural Trails – MKC and the Pedalling Culture developed 5 new 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. Routes and further information can be found here.
Heritage Cycle Trails vary in length from 8 to 22 miles. They are varied and scenic routes with lots to look at on the way round. Routes meander through some of the green corridors, including Loughton Valley and the Teardrop Lakes, The Grand Union Canal and the Railway Walk. A majority of the routes are off road but involve minor 30mph roads and trails near waterways.
Cyclists 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.
Information on the NCR and Heritage routes can be found here.