Cycle Lanes and Routes
Cycle Map for Bedford and Kempston
Map Bedford and Kempston (2012) (PDF document opens in new
window): This map shows the whole of the urban area. The map is
especially good for showing quieter links which might not be
obvious. Side two shows a detailed plan of the town centre
including cycle parking locations. Urban maps are ideal for
planning for local journeys to schools, shops or work. Bedford
Borough Council is working year on year to expand the cycle
network, so maps do gradually go out of date. A paper version is
available for free from Tourist Information or by contact the
Walking and Cycling Officer at Bedford Borough
National Cycle Network Routes in
Sustrans (opens in a new window)
is a voluntary body which works with Bedford Borough
Council to build cycle routes as part of the National Cycle
Network (NCN). Where possible these are off-road or on quiet roads
so that as far as possible they are suitable for family
There are 3 NCN routes in
Bedfordshire (opens in a new window). Eventually these
will link up as a triangle around Bedfordshire, with the west
corner in Milton Keynes, the east corner in Sandy, and the south
corner in Welwyn Garden City. Note that some of these routes are
still in the process of being completed.
NCN 51 west section from
Milton Keynes, via Marston Moretaine, to Bedford: This is an
Interim route, with on-road sections and also currently a diversion
because of subsidence over one section. The final route will be
built with the Wixams development.
NCN 51 east section from
Bedford to Sandy: This is a high quality off-road section following
the disused railway line. It is an ideal family and starter
NCN12 north section
from St Neots, via Sandy and Biggleswade, to
Letchworth. Apart from the section through Sandy, this route is
still in the planning stage.
NCN 6 south section from
Harpenden to Luton: This section will follow the old railway
NCN 6 middle section from
Luton, via Dunstable, to Leighton Buzzard: This section is open and
mostly off road. “Marsh Farm” is the section through Luton and
“Sewell Greenway” is the section from Dunstable to Leighton.
Download PDF versions of Luton Area
Cycle Guide (PDF document opens in new window) for whole
NCN6 north section from
Leighton Buzzard to Milton Keynes: This section follows the
Grand Union Canal.
Other maps covering Bedfordshire are
available for sale (opens in a
new window) on the Sustrans website.
Other Routes Around Bedford
Routes west of Bedford:
Route: This 6 mile route starts from County Bridge through
Queen’s Park, Great Denham, and Biddenham. This route uses
off road tracks and quiet roads.
Routes north of Bedford:
North Beds Villages (opens in a new window): a
circular route via Thurleigh, Sharnbrook, Harrold, Rushden,
Swineshead and Riseley (33 miles).
The Ouse Valley (Opens in a new window): a looping route
going north from Bedford via Bromham, Oakley, Pavenham, Felmersham,
Odell, Chellington, Carlton, Stevington and back to Bromham
St Neots Riverside (Opens in a new window): a looping
route going north from Bedford to St Neots, via Wilden, Colmworth,
Bushmead and Upper Staploe (26 miles)
Routes south of Bedford:
Marston Vale (opens in a new window): a circular route
going south from Bedford through Kempston, Wootton, Marston
Moretaine, Ampthill, Maulden, and Cardington (27 miles).
Marston Vale cycle trail (opens in a new window): a short
circular ride (off-road) around Forest Valley Centre in Marston
Moretaine (5 miles).
Greenwood Trail (opens in a new window): a circular route
going north from Forest Valley Centre via Wootton, Wood End,
Stagsden, Astwood, Bourne End and Cranfield (23 miles).
Old Warden (opens in a new window): a circular route from
Cardington to Southill, Old Warden and Northill (16 miles)
The Thatcher’s Way (opens in a new window): a
circular route from Bedford via Willington, Blunham, Moggerhanger,
Northill, Southill, Old Warden and Cardington (24 miles).
CCNB (the Cycling Campaign for North
Bedfordshire) have a number of cycling maps and cycling leaflets
available for sale.
The National Byway is another
organisation creating cycle routes linked to historic monuments.
The National Byway runs through Bedfordshire. The routes are signed
by a brown sign with a cycle, but there are no detailed maps
Bridleways are designed for horses and
walkers. Cyclists can also use them, but the surfaces are only
likely to be usable by mountain bikers (and not always even for
those bikes). A number of historic long
distance and short bridleways (opens in a new window) pass