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Northumberland National Park is a cyclist’s dream. Our quiet roads are perfect to eat up the distance while off-road family-friendly routes mean that anyone can bring their bike and get cycling.

The Park is home to some stunning rides; from the 100-mile Sandstone Way mountain bike challenge to the epic C2C Sea to Sea across northern England.

While we’re also the proud sponsor of The Curlew Cup; part of the Women’s National Road Race Series.

Cycling in Northumberland National Park

Take a look at what is waiting for you in Northumberland.

The Curlew Cup

We are proud to sponsor the  Curlew Cup which forms part of British Cycling’s HSBC UK | National Women’s Road Series.

The race is based around the villages of Stamfordham and Matfen with the start/finish in Stamfordham. These two villages have hosted the first five editions of the Curlew Cup which was launched in 2012.

In 2012 the Race was won by Dame Sarah Storey and in 2013 by Hannah Barnes. In 2014 the event was won by Katie Archibald who went on the represent Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2015 the race was won by Laura Massey, 2016 by Nicki Juniper and 2017 by Julie Erskine.

The 2019 HSBC UK National Road Race Championships will take place on Sunday 7th July and will be the closing event of the four-day Cyclone Festival of Cycling. The best male and female riders in the country will compete to be the National Champion is Senior and Under-23 categories.

The Curlew Cup 2017

Race Highlights

Hiring a bike in Northumberland National Park

Is your bike not in good shape or need one of your own to explore the spectacular landscapes of the Park? Fear not! We have a number of friends who can help with any repairs or hiring a bike.

Hiring and Repairs

Check out our picks of the best places to get running repairs or to hire a bike:

Experience cycling in the National Park

The MOD Rocker is a 66-mile road sportive with a unique opportunity to ride over the Otterburn Ranges. The Ministry of Defenceallow riders to pass through this area which is closed to the public for the majority of the year and takes in one of the best Alpine style climbs in the county.

The Dirty Reiver 2019

The Dirty Reiver 200 (200km) and Dirty One Thirty (130km) are off-road cycling challenges in Northumberland based on the Gravel Grinder format found predominantly in the midwest of America. The events take place over the 12th-13th April 2019.

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