Cycling In Northumberland
Explore one of England's best kept cycling secrets. In Northumberland National Park we have so many quiet country lanes, ranging from meandering river valley saunters to wild open moorland blasts! From off-road adventure in the National Park to freewheeling, following one of the many way-marked cycle routes, the choice is yours.
Popular routes include the Pennine Cycleway and the Reivers Cycle Route, both of which run through Northumberland National Park. Shorter routes include the Rothbury and Coquetdale Cycle Trails, starting from Rothbury, and any one of the cycle routes at Kielder.
Fourteen cycle routes radiating out from cycle hubs at Wooler and Haltwhistle, and a further five new circular routes around the North Tyne Valley between Bellingham and Kielder are now free to download from the North Tyne Cycling Routes page.
New for 2013
The Cycle PaD is a one-stop online knowledge shop bringing together everything cyclists might need to know about Northumberland National Park. Launched in March, it is planning to extend coverage to the whole of Northumberland during the year. www.cyclepad.org.uk
Cycling Events 2013
The National Park hosts three outstanding annual cycle challenge events: The Bellingham Blast in the North Tyne Valley and Kielder Water and Forest Park (21-22 September); The Wooler Wheel in Glendale and the Cheviots (11 May and 5 October); and the Virgin Money Cyclone challenges (27-30 June).
The National Park Authority also sponsors the Virgin Money Cyclone Curlew Cup, the women’s elite road race launched last year and won by Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey.