Northumberland Cycle Routes
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.
Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Northumberland Cycle Map>>
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
|Alnwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed||62 miles (100 km)||This long ride takes you along National Cycle route 1 and the Northumberland coast from Alnwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed View Full Details>>|
|Bellingham to Berwick-upon-Tweed||78 miles (125 km)||This long challenging cycle ride takes you along National Cycle route 68 and through the beautiful Northumberland National Park from Bellingham to Berwick-upon-Tweed. View Full Details>>|
|Bellingham to Langholm||47 miles (75 km)||This ride follows National Cycle route 10 through the beautiful and tranquil View Full Details>>|
|Berwick-upon-Tweed to Dunbar||34 miles (55 km)||This lovely ride follows National Cycle route 76 from England into the Scottish Borders giving wonderful coastal views along the way. View Full Details>>|
|Berwick-upon-Tweed to Melrose||45 miles (72 km)||Follow National Cycle route 1 and the River Tweed from Northumberland in England into the Scottish borders. View Full Details>>|
|Bolam Lake Country Park||2 miles (2.5 km)||Enjoy peaceful lakeside walking and cycling in this delightful country park in Northumberland. Bolam lake is located less than 10 miles from Morpeth in the heart of the Northumberland countryside. There are woodland paths, grassland and a super visitor centre with cafe, shop and information area. Cyclists please keep to the marked bridleway and give way to walkers. View Full Details>>|
|Coast and Castles||199 miles (321 km)||The complete National Cycle Network Coast and Castles route from Newcastle to Edinburgh View Full Details>>|
|Coast to Coast Whitehaven to Tynemouth||137 miles (220 km)||This is the complete C2C National Cycle route crossing the country from east to west along a number of cycle tracks/paths and minor roads. You will see some spectacular scenery as you pass through the Cumbrian Lake District and Northumberland before the last leg through County Durham and the finish point at Tynemouth Pier on the east coast of England.|
Click here for the C2C from Whitehaven to Sunderland
Click here for a comprehensive guide to this popular route. View Full Details>>
|Druridge Bay Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||This beautiful country park on the Northumberland coast consists of three miles of beach and sand dunes, a large freshwater lake, peaceful woodland and meadows. The coastline is simply stunning with a lovely cycling and walking path running alongside the beach. You could continue your outing by following the coast north towards Amble with views of Coquet Island, or head south to Newbiggin-By-The-Sea. There are several nature reserves in the area so there are plenty of opportunities for bird watching too. View Full Details>>|
|Haltwhistle to Alston||13 miles (21 km)||This traffic free ride runs along a shared cycling and walking path from Haltwhistle to Alston. The route runs along a disused railway line, with views of the River South Tyne and the noteworthy viaduct at Lambley. It runs for a distance of about 13 miles on a fairly flat path, with other highlights including the splendid South Tynedale Steam Railway and the lovely scenery of the North Pennines AONB. View Full Details>>|
|Haltwhistle to Bellingham||28 miles (45 km)||This ride follows NCN routes 72 and 68 through the beautiful and tranquil View Full Details>>|
|Haltwhistle to Tynemouth||57 miles (92 km)||This route is the final leg of 3 making up the View Full Details>>|
|Harwood Forest||27 miles (44 km)||Enjoy a largely traffic free cycle ride through Harwood Forest and the Simonside Hills in the Northumberland National Park. The route runs from Elsdon to Hepple and makes use of the Border County Ride cycle track which runs through the heart of Harwood Forest. The route starts in the village of Elsdon and passes Battle Hill, Fallowless Lough, Whitefield Hill and the River Coquet before arriving at Hepple. Return to Elsdon via the same route. View Full Details>>|
|Kidland Forest||14 miles (23 km)||Explore Kildand Forest and Upper Coquetdale on this circular cycle ride in the Northumberland National Park. You'll enjoy off road woodland tracks and a long riverside section on this varied ride. View Full Details>>|
|Kielder Forest Lakeside Way||22 miles (35 km)||This fantastic circular cycling and walking route takes you around the beautiful Kielder Water in Kielder Forest Park, Northumberland. The route is known as the Lakeside Way and follows the shoreline of the reservoir on a lovely multi-user track. Along the way you can see twenty pieces of outdoor public art including the futuristic Belvedere shelter and the three large rotating Janus Chairs. There's excellent wildlife spotting opportunities with Ospreys regularly seen around the reservoir. View Full Details>>|
|Morpeth to Alnwick||31 miles (50 km)||Travel along National Cycle routes 155 and 1 on this lovely ride which takes you along the Northumberland coast. View Full Details>>|
|Newcastle to Bellingham||56 miles (90 km)||This long route takes you from Tyne and Wear into Northumberland along NCN routes 72 and 10 View Full Details>>|
|Penrith to Consett||53 miles (85 km)||Travel from Penrith in the Cumbrian Lake District along the View Full Details>>|
|Plessey Woods Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||This pretty country park is situated on the River Blyth at Hartford Bridge, 5 miles south of Morpeth. There are 100 acres of woodland and meadow to explore and a lovely long waterside stretch along the River Blyth. There's also an abundance of wildlife with woodpecker, nuthatch, tree creeper, kingsfisher, red squirrel, roe deer and fox. There are a number of self guided walking trails and a bridleway for cyclists. The park has an excellent visitor centre with maps, guides and a cafe. View Full Details>>|
|Queen Elizabeth II Country Park||2 miles (2.5 km)||Enjoy a short cycle or walk around the large lake in this pretty country park. The lake is surrounded by woodland and grassland and there is also a miniature railway to ride. The park is situated on the site of the Woodhorn Colliery and the old colliery buildings have now been turned into a museum. Queen Elizabeth II Country Park is located near the Northumberland coast between Newbiggin-By-The-Sea and Ashington. View Full Details>>|
|Ravenglass to Tynemouth||180 miles (290 km)||View Full Details>>|
|Silloth to Haltwhistle||63 miles (102 km)||This route forms the 2nd leg of the magnificent Hadrian's Cycleway-a 174 mile National Cycle Network route running through Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyneside. Highlights on the route include the splendid views of the Solway Firth, a lovely run along the River Eden through Carlisle and of course the views of Hadrian's Wall particularly as you pass through the beautiful Northumberland National Park. View Full Details>>|
|Slalely Forest||7 miles (12 km)||This large area of coniferous woodland is located a few miles south of Hexham. There's miles of nice wide trails suitable for mountain bikers or walkers. In the forest you'll find a mixture of spruce, pine and larch trees with lots of wildlife to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for nightjar and red squirrels as you make your way through the woods. There's also a sculpture trail at the eastern side of the woods. View Full Details>>|
|South Tyne Trail||23 miles (37 km)||Travel through the fabulous North Pennines AONB and enjoy some spectaular scenery on this shared walking and cycle path. View Full Details>>|
|Sunderland to Morpeth||37 miles (60 km)||This ride follows National Cycle routes 1 and 155 through Tyne and Wear and into Northumberland. You start in Sunderland and head north along the coast to South Shields where you can catch the South Shields Ferry across the harbour. You then continue along the coast through Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and Blyth. Near Newbiggin-By-the-Sea you turn inland along National Cycle route 155 passing through Queen Elizabeth Country park and Ashington before finishing by crossing the River Wansbeck at Morpeth. View Full Details>>|
|Tyne Green Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a riverside walk or cycle along the River Tyne in this country park in Hexham. There are lovely tree lined avenues to stroll down, a golf course and club house, play area, cafe and watersports centre. Tyne Green is also good for birdwatching - look out for Goosander, Goldeneye and Teal on the river. View Full Details>>|
|Whitehaven to Sunderland||134 miles (215 km)||This is the complete C2C NCN route crossing the country from east to west along a number of cycle tracks/paths and minor roads View Full Details>>|