Cycling

Here you will find information about cycling in Northumberland including maps and suggested routes.

Northumberland boasts some of the most breathtaking routes in the country, which will help you to explore the county's diverse coastal and countryside scenery.

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.

For more information, visit the coast and castles website.

The coast and castles route also forms part of the North Sea Cycle Route.

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.
 
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.

For more information, visit the Reivers cycle route website.
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.

More details are available from the visitor centres or the Visit Kielder website.
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.

There is an annual calendar of events with their flagship event being the Wooler Wheel.
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.
 
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.
View the maps of our cycle routes here:

This section contains links to national and local cycling organisations.

British Cycling was traditionally the administrator of the various sporting strands of cycling. They have broadened their horizons to include things such as leisure and family cycling as well as campaigning.

Sustrans in partnership with many local authorities co-ordinated the establishment of the National Cycle Network (NCN) and maintains the role as the custodian of the network. They are a national charity whose mission is to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.

Let’s Ride - Cycling festivals, rides and routes

Cycling UK - Rides, routes and campaigning

Cycling UK - Northumberland and Tyneside - Local group rides and routes

Watbike - Ashington-based charity offering repairs, training and recycling