Route Information

On Monday 9 September 2019 the North of Tyne will host the third stage of The OVO Energy Tour of Britain, starting in Berwick and passing through Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle before finishing in Newcastle city centre.

Stage Three will be the first to link all areas of the North of Tyne Combined Authority, with the route taking in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Route Map

Download the time schedule for the whole route from Berwick to Newcastle [143.52KB]

Approximate timings for key locations in Northumberland:
 
11:00 Berwick START
11:42 Ford
11:43 KoM1 Ford Common
12:07 Wooler
12:12 KoM2 Weetwood Bank
12:19 KoM3 Lyham Moor
12:27 Belford
12:40 Bamburgh
12:51 Sprint 1 Seahouses
12:55 Beadnell
13:05 Embleton
13:17 Longhoughton
13:29 Alnwick
13:37 Hipsburn
13:46 Sprint 2 Warkworth
13:49 Amble
14:05 Widdrington
14:07 Ulgham
14:13 Longhirst
14:20 Morpeth
14:30 Guidepost
14:32 Choppington
14:35 Bedlington
14:41 Cramlington
14:56 Sprint 3 Seaton Delaval
14:57 Seaton Sluice
There are loads of places to watch the race in Northumberland. If you're lucky enough to live or work on the route, you will be able to walk to a designated spectating spot. If you're planning on travelling from further afield to watch the Tour, you can find out the best modes of transport below.

Do your bit for the environment by leaving the car at home. Jump on public transport to one of our towns, or hop on your bike and cycle to the route. Find out more below.

Buses run frequently to most towns and villages along the route. If you're looking for ideas on where's best to go we have some suggestions below...

From Newcastle to Berwick
Hop on the Arriva X18 from Haymarket in Newcastle City Centre and head to any of the following:

  • Morpeth *
  • Widdrington
  • Red Row
  • Amble **
  • Warkworth
  • Alnmouth
  • Alnwick
  • Longhoughton
  • Embleton
  • Seahouses
  • Bamburgh
  • Belford
  • Berwick

* Buses run up to every 15 minutes Newcastle to Morpeth
** Buses run up to every 30 minutes Amble to Alnwick
N.B. Arriva buses only accept fold up bikes on their services

Please check bus times before travelling as the race may affect timetables

Getting to Berwick for the race start:
  • The East Coast Mainline from London Kings Cross to Aberdeen is a direct line through Newcastle, Morpeth, Alnmouth and Berwick.
  • Connecting westbound services are run by CrossCountry and Hadrian’s Wall Country Line.
  • From Newcastle Central Station direct trains run to Berwick and take approx. 45 minutes
  • From Edinburgh Waverley direct trains run to Berwick and take approx. 40 minutes
Getting to Newcastle for the race finish:
  • London North Eastern Railway offers a frequent and direct service linking London Kings Cross to Scotland via Newcastle, with regular stops in Doncaster, York, Darlington, Berwick and Edinburgh.
  • From Edinburgh Waverley direct trains run to Newcastle Central Station and take approx. 1 hour 22 minutes
  • From London Kings Cross trains run to Newcastle Central Station and take approx. 2 hours 50 minutes
For train times and ticket prices visit National Rail Enquiries

N.B. Bikes are accepted on trains but must be booked in advance
The North East is connected by the Nexus Metro system offers frequent throughout Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland. See below for a list of metro stations on the race route.


To watch the race in Newcastle:
  • Monument to watch the race finish
  • Central Station
  • Manors
  • Byker
To watch the race in North Tyneside:
  • Wallsend
  • Hadrian Road
  • Howdon
  • Percy Main
  • Meadow Well
  • North Shields
  • Tynemouth
  • Cullercoats
  • Whitley Bay
N.B. Bikes are only allowed on certain parts of the system. To find out more about bike accessibility on the metro line, visit Nexus Metro.
Looking for a greener way to watch the Tour of Britain? Why not jump on your bike and head to your nearest spectating spot!

There are loads of fun and invigorating routes to try out across Northumberland. Why not see where they will take you?

Newcastle Central Station to Seaton Sluice (via Tynemouth)
  • Ride up the National Cycle Network 1 (NCN1) to get to Tynemouth, Whitley Bay  and Seaton Sluice.
  • Watch the sprint at Seaton Delaval and enjoy the race with the sea as a background.
  •  NCN1 runs parallel to the route and the whole stretch between Seaton Sluice and Tynemouth is an excellent viewing point for the Tour of Britain and spectacular seaside views.
  • Please note: NCN1 crosses the Seaton Burn before turning off on Collywell Bay Road, before joining back up with Beresford Road near the Delval Arms, before returning back to the coast.
  • From the entrance road to St Mary’s Island (The Links), NCN1 follows the A193 (The Links) through to Tynemouth, with a small diversion from the road to the newly refurbished Promenade, before re-joining alongside the carriageway at The Spanish City Dome. 
  • Bikes can be taken on the Tyne and Wear Metro which runs into Whitley Bay. Enjoy an easy ride along the coast taking in Spanish City, views of St Mary’s Lighthouse, or head down towards Tynemouth next to the famous Longsands beach.

The Coast to Newcastle Quayside
  • Welcome the riders to the City by showing your support on the streets of Newcastle. The Quayside will be a great place to watch as they wind up towards the end of the race with the uphill battle to the finish line on Grey Street will be full of excitement.
  • If travelling from the Coast, follow the off-road Hadrian’s Cycleway (NCN72) along the banks of the River Tyne through to the Quayside


Alnmouth train station to the Sprint at Warkworth
  • Warkworth is a short hop from Alnmouth station along the off road NCN1.
  • Watch the sprint under the impressive gaze of the 12th Century Warkworth Castle.

Alnmouth train station to the Sprint at Seahouses
  • For those who would like to have a ride out, why not take the train to Alnmouth and ride down to see the sprint at Seahouses.
  • It’s a 20 miles on and off road ride on the NCN1 and you’ll be treated to quiet country lanes and coastline along the way.

Berwick train station to the King of the Mountain at Ford Common
  • A beautiful place to watch the first King of the Mountains points race; the Ford and Etal estate is about 13 miles from Berwick. 

Berwick train station to the Sprint at Seahouses
  • For those who would like to have a longer ride out, why not take the train to Alnmouth and ride down to see the sprint at Seahouses.
  • It’s a 20 miles on and off road on the NCN1 and you’ll be treated to quiet country lanes, coastline and castles along the way.

Berwick train station to the King of the Mountain at Weetmoor Bank
  • You can ride from the train station at Berwick along the Sandstone Way for about 23 miles continuing along the B6349 then B6348 to get to Weetmoor Bank.
  • This is an off road ride. If you want to ride from Wooler, it is less than 3 miles on roads. 

National Cycle Network
Cycle friendly off road routes that provide an ideal way to travel by bicycle. To help plan your route for the Tour of Britain visit the Sustrans website

Northumberland Cycle Map
The Cycle Touring in Northumberland map is available from Northern Heritage and is an excellent planning tool for bike rides in not only Northumberland, but North Tyneside and Newcastle as well. 
Find out where best to park if you're driving to watch the race.



Please note, access to some car parks will be limited due to rolling road closures. Please check the interactive map before tarvelling.