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Pedalling away in a cyclist's paradise


Cyclist at Simonside in Northumberland National Park.

A cyclist stops for a break at the idyllic Simonside Hills.

Our quiet roads are wonderful for cyclists while mountain bikers can pick from bridleways and purpose-built trails. From family friendly day rides to the  the new 100-mile mountain bike Sandstone Way and C2C Sea to Sea epic across northern England, Northumberland National Park plays host to some stunning rides.

Long-distance biking

The Sandstone Waysandstone-way-rothwell-320 – The Sandstone Way is a new 120 mile / 193 km mountain bike route in Northumberland between Berwick upon Tweed and Hexham along a sandstone ridge in North Northumberland and linking numerous sandstone features, crags and outcrops. It heads into the unexplored interior of Northumberland and the National Park, before finishing in style on the banks of the River Tyne at Hexham.

Hadrian’s Cycleway – 174 miles from Ravenglass to Tyneside. Ride through some of England’s most dramatic and wild countryside, taking in magnificent coastal views, breathtaking countryside and Roman forts.

Pennine Cycleway North – 104 miles from the North Pennines to Berwick-upon-Tweed; still a relativley undiscovered classic route through the centre of Northern England

C2C Sea to Sea – . The UK’s most popular challenge cycle route. 140 miles passing through the northern Lake District before climbing the Pennines, and descending to the railway paths of County Durham.

Reivers Cycle Route – The Reivers Route opened in 1998 and is 173 miles long. It is also known as the ‘Return C2C’ as it takes you from the end of the west-to-east route all the way back to the start of the C2C.

Curlew Cup

Laura Massey wins Curlew CupNorthumberland National Park Authority  are passionate about cycling and are proud sponsors of the The Curlew Cup; part of the Women’s National Road Race Series. The annual 100km race is based around the Northumberland villages of Stamfordham and Matfen.

In 2012 the Race was won by Dame Sarah Storey, in 2013 by Hannah Barnes and in 2014 by Katie Archibald. The 2015 race was won by IKON-Mazda rider Laura Massey. Read more about the 2015 race here.

Cycle PaD

Cycle PaDCycle PaD the one stop shop for Everything Cycling in Northumberland. Cycle PaD has family friendly cycling routes, mountain bike routes, cycling cafes, bike hire information for Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Hadrian’s Wall, The Cheviots, Scottish Borders, Kielder and more.

Bike hire

  • Pedal Power – for hybrid mountain bikes, road bikes, luggage and bike transfers.
  • Boards and Bikes – bike hire including delivery to your door.
  • The Bike Place – bike hire in Kielder and Bellingham.
  • Winshields Wheels, Winshields Farm, Military Road, Bardon Mill NE7 7AN. Contact Chris Hall on 07999642970 or 07788818812 or via – ½ day and full day rentals available for adult bikes, kids bikes and tag alongs.

Useful cycling links

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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.