New map available
A new Cheviot Hills mountain bike route map has been created by local cycling expert and Tyne Valley Mountain Bike Club chairman Ted Liddle, as part of a family of new cycling guides published by Blagdon based Northern Heritage.
Ted’s latest cycling map reveals the best mountain biking routes in the Cheviot Hills using a unique format that shows route type and track width. The Cheviot Hills Orbital is a classic tour which is three mountain bike routes in one. The rider can choose either a VERY challenging one day Cheviot Hills loop, a still-challenging two day Cheviot Hills orbital or two separate challenging loop tours of the Cheviots – the North loop and South loop.
The reverse side of the map features twelve individual mountain bike day rides spread across the Cheviot Hills which integrate many of the ancient ‘roads’, tracks, trails and bridleways that cover the area.
Ted Liddle said “There were three reasons for creating this map; firstly to provide reliable high quality information to mountain bikers, including where best to cycle in the Cheviot Hills, secondly, to attract mountain bikers to this little known area of wilderness and thirdly, to encourage the increasing number of cyclists to spend time and money in what is an accessible but remote and stunning part of the UK, thereby supporting a range of rural businesses through the money they will spend.”
The beautiful Cheviot Hills in the Northumberland National Park, lie partly in England and partly in Scotland bounded by the Border Ridge. The whole area offers fine views, amazing scenery, challenging mountain bike routes and exceptional hospitality in the villages that surround it.
The map is available from all good retailers priced £9.99 or direct from www.northern-heritage.co.uk.
As well as several cycling guidebooks and numerous cycle route maps, since 1996 Ted was responsible for creating some 2,000 km of mapped and signed cycle routes in the north of England which criss-cross the region. In 2015 Ted originated and implemented the 120-mile long Sandstone Way between Berwick upon Tweed and Hexham designed specifically for mountain bikes.
As with the Sandstone Way map, this map was supported by the Northumberland National Park Authority and a percentage of the Cheviot Hills map sales will go towards maintaining the Sandstone Way cycle route.