Sustrans makes it easier for people to walk and cycle. Since 1977, the charity has been developing and caring for the National Cycle Network, collaborating with communities to create healthier places where we can thrive without having to use a car. And empowering people to make travel choices that are good for them, their neighbourhood and the environment.
Custodians of the National Cycle Network
Criss-crossing the UK, the National Cycle Network is a series of signed traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling and walking routes used every day by millions of people.
This network of routes is enjoyed by a multitude of people making every kind of journey. From the school run or daily commute to the once-in-a-lifetime challenge ride or a relaxing walk with the family. As custodians of the Network, Sustrans’ role is to care for it, improve it, and champion a long-term vision for its future.
It’s the Network that initially brought Sustrans and Saddle Skedaddle together. A number of our UK cycling trips take place along its famous long-distance routes, including the stunning Hadrian's Cycleway and the immensely popular C2C (Sea to Sea).
By working together, we believe we can encourage even more people to take to two wheels for everyday journeys.
Cycling for a greener and more sustainable future
We share a passion for active travel and the environment. According to Sustrans, research from the University of Oxford shows us active travel can save nearly 5% of CO2e emissions from car travel. Other positive benefits of getting on your bike include: helping to improve air quality, increased levels of physical activity, reduced noise and reduced fossil fuel use. Need we say more?
Sustrans embeds sustainability and biodiversity principles and practices across all of their work. Most recently their Greener Greenways project sought to enhance and better protect wildlife along the traffic-free paths of the National Cycle Network. Practically this has included the planting of trees, wildflower meadows, hedgerows, as well as mindful seasonal maintenance.
Protecting the planet for future generations is something we have always cared deeply about at Skedaddle. It’s why we choose to design our holidays in the way we do and only work with like-minded partners who share our values. Take a look at our Responsible Travel page to learn more about what we’re doing to be better.
Donation for every mile
Over 14 years ago, we pioneered an ongoing partnership to help raise awareness of Sustrans among our customers. Each year, we make a donation to Sustrans for every mile cycled along the NCN during one of our holidays - and 2021 was our biggest year to date with Skedaddlers cycling a whopping 147,694 miles that year! Since 2010, we have donated over £54,000 thanks to your ongoing support.
Together, we are helping Sustrans enhance the biodiversity on the paths we use, create more traffic-free miles and improve the routes of the Network to make them safer and more accessible for everyone.
We are a company that lives and breathes cycling. For us, it is fantastic to see how the support from our customers, and donations that we’re contributing, are making a real difference to the work that Sustrans does.
"Sustrans' partnership with Saddle Skedaddle has been crucial for the development of the National Cycle Network. The generous donation each year ensures we can deliver our exciting plans and develop the Network further to make sure the way we travel creates healthier places and happier lives for everyone." - Rhianna Jarvis, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Sustrans
Find out more about Sustrans and how to get involved by clicking here.