Cycle Routes in County Durham

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County Durham contains scenery and towns full of character so there is plenty to enjoy for the cyclist.

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in County Durham including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

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 Short Routes: <15 miles (25km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Auckland Walk5 miles (7.5 km)*
Billingham to Hartlepool10 miles (16 km)**
Brandon - Bishop Auckland Walk9 miles (14 km)*
Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park3 miles (5 km)*
Deerness Valley Way8 miles (13 km)
Derwent Reservoir Durham11 miles (18 km)**
Derwent Valley Walk11 miles (18 km)
Hamsterley Forest9 miles (15 km)**
Hardwick Hall Country Park2 miles (3 km)*
Lanchester Valley Walk12 miles (19 km)
Tunstall Reservoir2 miles (3 km)*
Waskerley Way10 miles (16 km)*

 Mid Distance Routes: 16 - 30 miles (26-50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Consett to Sunderland28 miles (45 km)**
Consett to Tynemouth28 miles (45 km)*
Hartlepool to Seaham21 miles (33 km)***
Middlesbrough to Darlington20 miles (32 km)**

 Long Routes: > 30 miles (50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Coast to Coast Whitehaven to Tynemouth137 miles (220 km)****
Great North Forest Heritage Trail65 miles (105 km)****
Haltwhistle to Tynemouth57 miles (92 km)***
Middlesbrough to Durham34 miles (55 km)***
Penrith to Consett53 miles (85 km)****
Ravenglass to Tynemouth180 miles (290 km)****
Sunderland to Middlesbrough39 miles (63 km)***
Whitehaven to Sunderland134 miles (215 km)****

 Your Submitted Routes
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Durham Esh Circular26 miles (42 km)****

 County Durham Cycling Links
County Durham CCLots of informationon walking and cycling from the local council
Cycle ActiveOrganises Cycle Holidays for the C2C route
Cycle GatesheadRoutes and advice on cycling in the area
Darlington Cycle CampaignUseful blog for the Darlington area
Hadrian's CyclewayA wealth of information on this route including guide notes, accommodation advice and bike hire.
Middlesbrough CouncilRoutes and activities in the area
Middlesbrough Cycle CentreMiddlesbrough Cycle Centre is the only secure cycle parking facility in the Tees Valley and is  committed to promoting cycling in Middlesbrough by providing free, secure, indoor cycle parking along with showers, changing facilities, lockers and an information centre
North Pennines AONBLots of useful information for this beautiful region
Three Rivers CyclewayThorough guide to NCN routes 1, 7, 14 & 72.
Visit North East EnglandInformation on mountain bike trails and walking routes in the north east, including Kielder Water & Forest Park.
Walney to WearAll the information you need on this wonderful coast to coast route

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