Here you will find information about popular cycling routes that pass through the County.
Coast & castles cycle route
The coast and castles route runs along the Northumberland coast between Tynemouth and Berwick upon Tweed, entering the county at Seaton Sluice. The route is scenic and relatively flat.
It takes in many attractions, including the castles at Warkworth, Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh, Druridge Bay Country Park, Lindisfarne and Woodhorn Museum.
The coast and castles route also forms part of the North Sea Cycle Route.
- Further details are available here.
This 150-mile coast-to-coast route between the Cumbrian coast and the North Sea follows the line of Hadrian's Wall, taking in numerous Roman sites, forts and museums.
In Northumberland, the route runs along the picturesque Tyne Valley between Gilsland and Wylam.
The Pennine cycleway runs from Derby to Berwick upon Tweed, entering Northumberland via the South Tyne Valley. The route takes in some of Northumberland's most stunning scenery.
After leaving the North Pennines at Haltwhistle, the route crosses Hadrian's Wall before passing through Kielder Forest and Northumberland National Park.
The route continues through the southern Cheviot Hills and ends at the historic border town of Berwick.
Reivers cycle route
This challenging route runs from Tynemouth to Whitehaven via Kielder Water and the northern fringes of the Lake District. It enters Northumberland at Ponteland before heading north west to Kielder via Bellingham.
Cycling at Kielder
The Kielder Forest area is one of England's premier mountain biking areas, with 13 way-marked trails which vary from easy to demanding.
The 27-mile Lakeside Way is a new path around the lake, giving access to stunning views and abundant wildlife. Numerous shorter routes are also available.
Sustainable travel in our towns
Sustrans were employed by Northumberland County Council to look at ways to improve the walking and cycling facilities across seven market towns in Northumberland:
Each town was audited and this generated a list of recommendations on possible improvements. The linked documents outline the recommendations for each town.
The Ashington document will be looked at again once the town centre regeneration project is complete.
Cycle hubs were trialed in Haltwhistle and Wooler some time ago, with the Wooler project continuing after the trial. This project has gone from strength to strength with the support of Glendale Gateway Trust. For more information, visit the dedicated webpage
There is an annual calendar of events with their flagship event being the Wooler Wheel. For more information click here.
The Deadwater Trails in Kielder Forest are among the best single track trails in England, offering some of the finest views in the county. The Red Trail is the highest in England, climbing to 1,900ft (580m) or try the extremely challenging Black Trail. For details, visit the Kielder website
Elsewhere in Northumberland, mountain biking is available on Hexhamshire Common, south west of Hexham with a good base in Allendale. You can also mountain bike in the Cheviot Hills to the south west of Wooler, with good bases in Alwinton and Harbottle in upper Coquetdale.
Mountain Biking can also be enjoyed in Simonside and Harwood Forests as well as Thrunton Woods.
Sandstone Way Mountain Bike Route
The Sandstone Way is a 120 mile mountain biking route between Berwick upon Tweed and Hexham. It runs along the Sandstone ridge passing through the picturesque market towns of Wooler, Rothbury and Bellingham. For more information please see this website.
GoSmarter / Cycle journey planner
- Click here to find an online journey planning tool, available to help cyclists plan journeys by bike.
- Click here for the GoSmarter website.
Further cycling information
- More information on cycling and mountain biking in Northumberland is available here (including downloadable day rides).
- The Northumberland National Park website provides more information on cycling in and around the national park, including routes in Wark Forest and the mid-Tyne area.
- Cycle Northumberland - one stop shop for all things cycling in Northumberland