GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Tyne and Wear Cycle Routes

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There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Bede's Way12 miles (19 km)Follow in the footsteps of seventh century pilgrims on this interesting walk or cycle through Tyne and Wear. The trail links the twin Anglo-Saxon monastery of St Peter’s in Wearmouth and St Paul’s in Jarrow. The route passes through the beautiful landscape of the Great North Forest which includes twelve miles of rolling hills and meandering streams. Trail highlights includes a waterside stretch along the River Don and the final coastal stretch along Whitburn Sands and through to the finish point near Sunderland Harbour. View Full Details>>
Chopwell Wood3 miles (5 km)Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this large forest near Gateshead. There's 360-hectares of mixed woodland to explore on a variety of waymarked paths. Walkers can try four trails of varying lengths and difficulty. These include an easy walk along the Old Railway Footpath which takes you through the heart of the forest on a well surfaced path. There are also longer, more challenging trails around the boundary of the forest and a riverside walk along the River Derwent. Look out for a number of woodland sculptures including the popular Chopwell 'hands'. View Full Details>>
Coast and Castles199 miles (321 km)The complete National Cycle Network Coast and Castles route from Newcastle to Edinburgh 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.
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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>>
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>>
Derwent Walk Country Park2 miles (4 km)The Derwent Walk is a former railway path running from Swalwell, near Gateshead, to Consett alongside the River Derwent and is suitable for walkers and cyclists. The Derwent Walk Country Park is situated on the path and contains a mixture of woodland, meadows and wetlands. There is also the pretty Clockburn Lake located in Derwenthaugh Park. There are a number of excellent waymarked trails, taking you along the river and through Thornley Wood. You can get further information from the Thornley Wood Visitor Centre located at Thornley Lane, Rowlands Gill NE39 1AU. 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>>
Herrington Country Park2 miles (4 km)This super, large park in Sunderland has a number of cycling and walking trails and interesting environmental sculptures. There is also a boating lake, a nature pond and a sculpture trail. The park is ideal for an easy family cycle ride. View Full Details>>
Hetton Lyons Country Park1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle around this country park in Hetton-Le-Hole. The park was developed on a former colliery site and contains a large lake. View Full Details>>
James Steel Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy riverside walking and cycling in this country park situated on the River Wear in Sunderland View Full Details>>
Newcastle to Bellingham56 miles (90 km)This long route takes you from Tyne and Wear into Northumberland along NCN routes 72 and 10 View Full Details>>
Ravenglass to Tynemouth180 miles (290 km) View Full Details>>
Rising Sun Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)Explore 400 acres of parkland on this lovely cycle or walk in Newcastle upon Tyne View Full Details>>
Sunderland to Morpeth37 miles (60 km)This ride follows National Cycle routes 1 and 155 through Tyne and Wear and into Northumberland. You start in Sunderland and head north along the coast to South Shields where you can catch the South Shields Ferry across the harbour. You then continue along the coast through Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and Blyth. Near Newbiggin-By-the-Sea you turn inland along National Cycle route 155 passing through Queen Elizabeth Country park and Ashington before finishing by crossing the River Wansbeck at Morpeth. View Full Details>>
Tyne Riverside Country Park2 miles (3 km)This park follows the River Tyne for four miles through 200 acres of meadows, chalk grassland, woodland and river bank. The park is great for both walkers and cyclists with the Hadrian's cycleway running along the riverside. Hadrian's Wall Path also runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along this path. View Full Details>>
Weetslade Country Park4 miles (6 km)This former colliery site has been converted into a beautiful country park and a haven for wildlife. Weetslade hill rises to a height of 95m giving fabulous views of the surroundiing countryside, the North Sea, the Cheviots and Newcastle city. You can cycle or walk along the tracks in the park towards the nearby Big Waters Nature Reserve where you can see a wide variety of birdlife. The park also contains three developing reed beds, which are now home to many common damselflies and dragonflies. View Full Details>>

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