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 2015
The Sandstone Way is a brand-new, 120-mile (193 kms) mountain bike trail ready for the 2015 tourist season linking Berwick-upon-Tweed and Hexham via Northumberland's most spectacular coastal and countryside scenery.
The cycling portal for Northumberland
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
The National Park hosts some outstanding annual cycle challenge events each year: The Wooler Wheel Triad in Glendale and the Cheviots ( May and October); and the Virgin Money Cyclone challenges (June).
The National Park Authority also sponsors the Virgin Money Cyclone Curlew Cup, the women's elite road race launched in 2012.