GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


County Durham Cycle Routes

County Durham contains scenery and towns full of character so there is plenty to enjoy for the cyclist.

Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the County Durham Cycle Map>>

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in County Durham including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here


Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Auckland Walk5 miles (7.5 km)A short cycle and walking route along a dismantled railway line from Spennymoor to Bishop Auckland View Full Details>>
Billingham to Hartlepool10 miles (16 km)Starting near Billingham rail follow NCN route 14 first through Cowpen Bewley Country Park before finishing on a lovely coastal stretch along Tees Bay View Full Details>>
Brandon - Bishop Auckland Walk9 miles (14 km)This is a nice easy cycling and walking path that follows a disused railway line from Brandon, near Durham to Bishop Auckland. View Full Details>>
Castle Eden Walkway9 miles (15 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk along this disused railway line which runs along National Cycle Network Route 1. It's a nice easy traffic free ride for families or beginners. View Full Details>>
Coast to Coast Whitehaven to Tynemouth137 miles (220 km)This is the complete C2C National Cycle route crossing the country from east to west along a number of cycle tracks/paths and minor roads. You will see some spectacular scenery as you pass through the Cumbrian Lake District and Northumberland before the last leg through County Durham and the finish point at Tynemouth Pier on the east coast of England.
Click here for the C2C from Whitehaven to Sunderland
Click here for a comprehensive guide to this popular route. View Full Details>>
Consett to Sunderland28 miles (45 km)Travel from Consett along the View Full Details>>
Consett to Tynemouth28 miles (45 km)Travel from Consett along the View Full Details>>
Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park3 miles (5 km)This country park in Billingham is the perfect place for a peaceful afternoon stroll. The park consists of grassland, a lake, a series of ponds and a beck flows which around the boundary of the park. The lake is fantastic for birdwatching - look out for coot, pochard, swans, grebes, herons and the tufted duck. For cyclists National Cycle Route 14 runs through the park. View Full Details>>
Deerness Valley Way8 miles (13 km)This cycle or walk along a dismantled railway line runs from Stonebridge to Crook through the beautiful Deerness Valley. The path passes the villages of Ushaw Moor and Esh Winning and and woodland at Holburn and Woodhouses Wood. There are also lovely waterside stretches along the River Deerness to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Derwent Reservoir Durham11 miles (18 km)Enjoy a cycle around Derwent Reservoir in Durham. The route takes you around the reservoir on country roads and past the pretty View Full Details>>
Derwent Valley Walk11 miles (18 km)This lovely railway path runs from Swalwell, near Gateshead, to Consett alongside the River Derwent and is suitable for walkers and cyclists. View Full Details>>
Great North Forest Heritage Trail65 miles (105 km)This circular cycle and walking route takes you through the countryside of this former mining area in Tyne and Wear. The trail passes Pelton, Bournmoor, Hetton-le-Hole, the Penshaw Monument and Witherwack. The route includes a section along the River Wear in Sunderland and a delightful coastal section visiting Whitburn, Marsden Bay, the splendid magnesian limestone cliffs at the Leas in South Shields and Souter Lighthouse. You will also visit Lumley Castle - a 14th century quadrangular castle at Chester-le-Street with lovely gardens. Also of interest is the Penshaw Monument - a folly situated on on Penshaw Hill dedicated to John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham. The video below shows the splendid views from this most beloved landmark which appears on the badge of Sunderland Football Club. View Full Details>>
Haltwhistle to Tynemouth57 miles (92 km)This route is the final leg of 3 making up the View Full Details>>
Hamsterley Forest9 miles (15 km)Hamsterley Forest is a great place for exciting mountain bike trails, leisurely family cycle rides or peaceful woodland walking. View Full Details>>
Hardwick Hall Country Park2 miles (3 km)This large ornamental park is located in Sedgefield in County Durham View Full Details>>
Hartlepool to Seaham21 miles (33 km)This ride starts near the quay in Hartlepool and follows NCN route 14 to Seaham View Full Details>>
Lanchester Valley Walk12 miles (19 km)This shared cycling and walking path uses the route of the railway originally built to carry iron ore to Consett Steelworks. The path runs from Durham to Consett passing Bearpark, Langley Park and Lanchester. Route highlights include the 13th century Beaurepaire Priory at Bearpark, Lanchester Roman Fort and some lovely views of the River Browney. View Full Details>>
Middlesbrough to Darlington20 miles (32 km)Follow NCN routes 1 & 14 on this pleasant ride View Full Details>>
Middlesbrough to Durham34 miles (55 km)Travel from Yorkshire into County Durham along NCN routes 14 and 1 View Full Details>>
Penrith to Consett53 miles (85 km)Travel from Penrith in the Cumbrian Lake District along the View Full Details>>
Ravenglass to Tynemouth180 miles (290 km) View Full Details>>
Sunderland to Middlesbrough39 miles (63 km)Travel between these two major north eastern cities along National Cycle routes 1 and 14 on this interesting ride View Full Details>>
Tunstall Reservoir2 miles (3 km)Follow the footpath around this pretty reservoir and nature reserve near Wolsingham in Country Durham. It's a lovely place for an easy stroll with species rich woodland on the eastern side of the reservoir and a nature reserve at the northern end. Look out for a variety of birdlife including Great rested grebe, tufted duck, goosander, moorhen, coot, mallard and common sandpiper. Butterflies are also common in the reserve. Look out for admiral, small tortoiseshell, peacock and meadow brown. View Full Details>>
Waskerley Way10 miles (16 km)This is a shared cycling and walking path that follows the route of the old Stanhope and Tyne Railway line. View Full Details>>
Whitehaven to Sunderland134 miles (215 km)This is the complete C2C NCN route crossing the country from east to west along a number of cycle tracks/paths and minor roads View Full Details>>

Your Submitted Routes

Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Durham Esh Circular26 miles (42 km)****

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