Keen cyclists of all abilities are sure to find a route in the area that suits them. Whether its a leisurely bike ride that the whole family can enjoy or you participate in mountain biking, you will be sure to find several routes that will suit you perfectly.
Coast & Castles
The Coast & Castles cycle route is the perfect, long distance route that can help you to familiarise yourself with Northumberland’s stunning coastline as well as some of the most historic castles in Britain. As it follows the coastline, the ground is flat, making this route perfect for making family memories.
The Sandstone Way
For Mountain bikers, the Sandstone Way runs between Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Hexham, both of which are served by a rail service. This is a brand new 120 mile long mountain biking route that runs through the heart of Northumberland. The route takes you through many villages and small communities, Rothbury included, so there will be many places en route for pit stops and refreshment breaks. If you don’t wish to do the full route, eight optional loops are provided to make this trail suitable for ‘day rides’. This route is accessible to riders of all abilities so you don’t need to worry about being an experienced mountain biker to participate.
The Haydon Hundred Event
For keen road bikers, the ‘Haydon Hundred’ event is a ‘must do’ challenge that runs through south west Northumberland, the main route is 100km long but there is also a 60km route which, whilst still challenging, misses out some of the larger climbs. This is a challenging route that is sure to give even the most experienced cyclist a real challenge whilst participating in a truly beautiful route.
The Cheviot Riders Club, based in Wooler, are a mountain biking club and race team that have riders competing in Downhill and Endure races all over the country. They also have regular team training days and social events. For any social, avid cyclist at Coquetdale, the Cheviot Hill Riders Club is worth joining.
However experienced a cyclist you are, there’s a route for you, check out visitnorthumberland.com/cycling and see where the Northumbrian cycle paths could take you.
For a comprehensive guide to the area and it’s best routes, take a look at the Cycle PaD website.