Tyne and Wear Cycle Routes
Please use the links below to view full route information including descriptions, elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Tyne and Wear 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 Tyne and Wear including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here
|Bede's Way||12 miles (19 km)||Follow in the footsteps of seventh century
pilgrims on this interesting walk or cycle through Tyne and Wear. The trail links the twin Anglo-Saxon monastery of St Peter’s in
Wearmouth and St Paul’s in Jarrow. The route passes through the beautiful landscape of the Great North Forest which includes twelve miles of rolling hills and meandering streams. Trail highlights includes a waterside stretch along the River Don and the final coastal stretch along Whitburn Sands and through to the finish point near Sunderland Harbour. |
There is also the Bede's Cycleway which follows a very similar route to the walk - please click here for more information.
|Chopwell Wood||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this large forest near Gateshead. There's 360-hectares of mixed woodland to explore on a variety of waymarked paths. Walkers can try four trails of varying lengths and difficulty. These include an easy walk along the Old Railway Footpath which takes you through the heart of the forest on a well surfaced path. There are also longer, more challenging trails around the boundary of the forest and a riverside walk along the River Derwent. Look out for a number of woodland sculptures including the popular Chopwell 'hands'.|
It's great for mountain biking too with a number of blue graded trails and one fast technical red grade trail.
|Coast and Castles||199 miles (321 km)||The complete National Cycle Network Coast and Castles route from Newcastle to Edinburgh. The ride follows National Cycle route 1 through Tyne and Wear, Northumbria and then into Scotland. With spectacular coastal scenery, riverside sections and views of the Scottish Hills and mountains there is something for everyone on this fabulous cycle route.|
|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.
|Consett to Sunderland||28 miles (45 km)||Travel from Consett along the C2C National Cycle route to Roker Pier in Sunderland. This can be completed as the 3rd leg of the C2C ride following from Whitehaven to Penrith and Penrith to Consett. Highlights on this ride include a long stretch along the Consett and Sunderland railway path before cruising by the river weir and ending up on the east coast of England by Roker Pier.|
|Consett to Tynemouth||28 miles (45 km)||Travel from Consett along the C2C National Cycle route to Tynemouth Pier. This can be completed as the 3rd leg of the C2C ride following from Whitehaven to Penrith and Penrith to Consett. This is a fairly flat ride with highlights including a stretch along the River Derwent before following the Tyne into Newcastle before finishing on the East coast of England.|
|Derwent Valley Walk||11 miles (18 km)||This lovely railway path runs from Swalwell, near Gateshead, to Consett alongside the River Derwent and is suitable for walkers and cyclists.|
You will pass the villages of Rowlands Gill, Hamsterley and Ebchester on the way. The path also takes you through Derwent Walk Country Park and there is a woodland section at Byerside Wood. Also of interest is the National Trust owned Gibside near Rowlands Gill. This is well worth a visit with its 18th-century landscape park and nature reserve.
|Derwent Walk Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||The Derwent Walk is a former railway path running from Swalwell, near Gateshead, to Consett alongside the River Derwent and is suitable for walkers and cyclists. The Derwent Walk Country Park is situated on the path and contains a mixture of woodland, meadows and wetlands. There is also the pretty Clockburn Lake located in Derwenthaugh Park. There are a number of excellent waymarked trails, taking you along the river and through Thornley Wood. You can get further information from the Thornley Wood Visitor Centre located at Thornley Lane, Rowlands Gill NE39 1AU. |
A wide variety of wildlife visits the park such as great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, sparrowhawk, fox, badger and roe deer. Also look out for kingfisher, dipper and otter around the river.
The park is located a few miles west of Gateshead, near Blaydon.
|Great North Forest Heritage Trail||65 miles (105 km)||This circular cycle and walking route takes you through the countryside of this former mining area in Tyne and Wear. The trail passes Pelton, Bournmoor, Hetton-le-Hole, the Penshaw Monument and Witherwack. The route includes a section along the River Wear in Sunderland and a delightful coastal section visiting Whitburn, Marsden Bay, the splendid magnesian limestone cliffs at the Leas in South Shields and Souter Lighthouse. You will also visit Lumley Castle - a 14th century quadrangular castle at Chester-le-Street with lovely gardens. Also of interest is the Penshaw Monument - a folly situated on on Penshaw Hill dedicated to John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham. The video below shows the splendid views from this most beloved landmark which appears on the badge of Sunderland Football Club. |
The route is waymarked with a yellow and green disc.
|Haltwhistle to Tynemouth||57 miles (92 km)||This route is the final leg of 3 making up the Hadrian's Cycleway. The ride has some fabulous scenery as you pass through the counties of County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. Route highlights include the Vindlolanda and Cordbridge Roman forts, Tyne Green Riverside Park at Hexham and some lovely traffic free cycling along the River Tyne. The final section takes you through Newcastle Upon Tyne on your way to the finish point on the east coast.|
|Herrington Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||This super, large park in Sunderland has a number of cycling and walking trails and interesting environmental sculptures. There is also a boating lake, a nature pond and a sculpture trail. The park is ideal for an easy family cycle ride.|
The Great North Forest Heritage Trail runs through the park so you could continue your cycle/walk along this route. Also of interest is the Penshaw Monument just to the north of the park. This folly is situated on Penshaw Hill and dedicated to John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham. The video below shows the splendid views from this iconic landmark which appears on the badge of Sunderland Football Club.
|Hetton Lyons Country Park||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle around this country park in Hetton-Le-Hole. The park was developed on a former colliery site and contains a large lake.|
The Great North Forest Heritage Trail runs through the park so you could continue your cycle/walk along this route.
|James Steel Park||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy riverside walking and cycling in this country park situated on the River Wear in Sunderland. The park includes a fishing lake and cycling and walking trails. It is located less than a mile north of the Penshaw Monument on the Weardale Way and Great North Forest Heritage Trail walking routes.|
|Newcastle to Bellingham||56 miles (90 km)||This long route takes you from Tyne and Wear into Northumberland along National Cycle routes 72 and 10. You start by Newcastle rail station and head along National Cycle route 72 and the River Tyne to East Howdon. A long off road stretch along a dismantled railway line followed by some country roads takes you to Ponteland along National Cycle route 10. The ride continues on road through Northumberland with some lovely scenery including views of the River North Tyne and Colt Crag Reservoir. You finish at the tourist information centre at Bellingham - a popular stopping place for walkers and cyclists visiting the Pennine Way Trail.|
|Ravenglass to Tynemouth||180 miles (290 km)||This is the complete route for the Hadrian's Cycleway which runs from east coast of England to the west coast passing through some fabulous scenery.|
For a comprehensive guide to the route including accommodation, guide notes and photographs please click here.
|Rising Sun Country Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||Explore 400 acres of parkland on this lovely cycle or walk in Newcastle upon Tyne. There is an extensive network of footpaths and bridleways suitable for walkers and cyclists. The park is made up of various habitats including grassland, woodland, ponds, wetlands and a lake designated as a Local Nature Reserve. There is also a bird hide overlooking the Swallow Pond and an excellent Visitors' Centre with a Restaurant and Exhibition Room.|
|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.|
This is an interesting, largely coastal route with several off road sections making for a worthwhile ride. Highlights include the splendid cliffs and coastal scenery at Souter Lighthouse and Whitburn Coastal Park near South Shields.
|Tyne Riverside Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||This park follows the River Tyne for four miles through 200 acres of meadows, chalk grassland, woodland and river bank. The park is great for both walkers and cyclists with the Hadrian's cycleway running along the riverside. Hadrian's Wall Path also runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along this path.|
The park is a short walk from Wylam and Prudhoe train stations and Tyne Valley bus routes. It is about 6 miles west of the centre of Newcastle and Gateshead.
|Weetslade Country Park||4 miles (6 km)||This former colliery site has been converted into a beautiful country park and a haven for wildlife. Weetslade hill rises to a height of 95m giving fabulous views of the surroundiing countryside, the North Sea, the Cheviots and Newcastle city. You can cycle or walk along the tracks in the park towards the nearby Big Waters Nature Reserve where you can see a wide variety of birdlife. The park also contains three developing reed beds, which are now home to many common damselflies and dragonflies. |
Weetslade is located just a few miles north of Newcastle City centre near Gosforth Park.