Love your Bike? Cycling in Northumberland
Published: Thursday 16th May 2019
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
If you love cycling, then you’ll love Northumberland. There are so many great routes (over 350 miles in fact!) So whatever your ability, you are sure to find a route that suits you. What’s more, cycling is highly practical in this county – as it is an efficient way to get around to places that cars can never reach!
It really depends on what you like, but Northumberland can offer coastal flatlands or rolling hills, as well as iconic landmarks like castles. Cycle through picturesque villages and find a great pub along the way- the choice is yours.
Long distance – for the real enthusiasts!
Northumberland has many long distance cycling trails that you can enjoy if you want to make a day of it.
Just some of the best ones include:
The Coast & Castles Cycle Route - This route does on for 192 miles between Newcastle and Edinburgh. Around 85 miles follow the Northumberland coastline so it is a great one for scenery. You will find constantly changing views of the sea as well as different castles along the way, some in ruin. South to north is probably more likely to be wind assisted!
Hadrian’s Cycleway - Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage provides a great scene for a cycle route, 174 miles long, between Ravenglass and Tyneside. The middle section of this route is hilly but fascinating if you love Roman history, as there is plenty of it along the way.
The Reivers Cycle Route – This is a 187-mile long Reivers Cycle Route beginning near Ponteland in the East and finishing at the Scottish border. It can be hilly in places, but you will find unspoilt villages and hamlets amongst changing scenery along the way.
The Sandstone Way – this is a new route, offering 120 miles of scenery, perfect for mountain bikes. The route is between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Hexham and it runs along the Sandstone Ridge. You’ll even find an area of Outstanding National Beauty with Northumberland National Park along the way. Along the route you will find villages such as Wooler, Rothbury, Elsdon and Bellingham, where you could stop for a drink or two!
If you want a little assistance when riding, why not hire out an electric bike. There is a fleet of electric bikes available to hire from shops in Alnwick and Seahouses. The cost is only from about £25 a day, and allows you to explore Northumberland on bike with ease. The bike essentially gives you a boost as you pedal, so you don’t have as much hard work to do. There is so much to see, that it would be a shame to miss out!
If you want more information, check out one of the many Tourist Information Centres to find an extensive selection of maps and cycling routes.
Staying in the area
If you are considering staying in the area, look no further than the Grace Darling Collection. This extensive range of cottages offer accommodation for couples, families or large groups, depending on who you are travelling with! Make the most of the scenery, as many cottages have fantastic views.