Cycle Routes in Northumberland

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There are several fantastic signed cycle routes that pass through this unique and largely unspoilt county bordering Scotland.
Northumberland National Park is an excellent place to start with several way marked cycle routes in this expanse of beautiful countryside, rivers and valleys.

The Hadrian's Cycleway is also very popular with its views of the countryside and Roman forts around this famous landmark. The routes from Silloth and Haltwhistle below make up the last 2 legs of this route with the first starting in Cumbria.
Also popular is the C2C route which passes through the county with both routes starting in Whitehaven and downloadable from the links below.

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 Northumberland including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

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 Short Routes: <15 miles (25km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Bolam Lake Country Park2 miles (2.5 km)*
Druridge Bay Country Park3 miles (5 km)*
Kidland Forest14 miles (23 km)***
Plessey Woods Country Park3 miles (5 km)*
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park2 miles (2.5 km)*
Tyne Green Country Park2 miles (3 km)*

 Mid Distance Routes: 16 - 30 miles (26-50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Haltwhistle to Bellingham28 miles (45 km)***
Harwood Forest27 miles (44 km)***
Kielder Forest Lakeside Way22 miles (35 km)**
South Tyne Trail23 miles (37 km)***

 Long Routes: > 30 miles (50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Alnwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed62 miles (100 km)****
Bellingham to Berwick-upon-Tweed78 miles (125 km)*****
Bellingham to Langholm47 miles (75 km)****
Berwick-upon-Tweed to Dunbar34 miles (55 km)***
Berwick-upon-Tweed to Melrose45 miles (72 km)****
Coast and Castles199 miles (321 km)****
Coast to Coast Whitehaven to Tynemouth137 miles (220 km)****
Haltwhistle to Tynemouth57 miles (92 km)***
Morpeth to Alnwick31 miles (50 km)***
Newcastle to Bellingham56 miles (90 km)****
Penrith to Consett53 miles (85 km)****
Ravenglass to Tynemouth180 miles (290 km)****
Silloth to Haltwhistle63 miles (102 km)***
Sunderland to Morpeth37 miles (60 km)***
Whitehaven to Sunderland134 miles (215 km)****

 Your Submitted Routes
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Chollerford Loop12 miles (19 km)**
Cross Border 100100 miles (161 km)*****
Haydon Bridge 18m Loop18 miles (29 km)***

 Northumberland Cycling Links
Cycle ActiveOrganises Cycle Holidays for the C2C route
Hadrian's CyclewayA wealth of information on this route including guide notes, accommodation advice and bike hire.
North Pennines AONBLots of useful information for this beautiful region
North Tyneside CouncilMaps and guides for the area
Northumberland National ParkOfficial site for this beautiful area
Three Rivers CyclewayThorough guide to NCN routes 1, 7, 14 & 72.
Visit Kielder WaterThe Park is home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe and the biggest working forest in England.

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