Reivers Route – UK Coast To Coast Routes

Reivers Route

164 miles – Workington to Tynemouth The Reivers Route gets it’s name from the gangs of marauders that used to roam the border between England and Scotland for several centuries. At 164 miles, it’s not a short route. More importantly, it passes through some of the most isolated and sparsely-populated parts of England. In simple … Read more

C2C – UK Coast to Coast Routes

The C2C starting point, in Whitehaven

137 miles, Whitehaven to Sunderland C2C is the original coast to coast route, and is the UK’s most-popular long-distance cycle route. The name is actually not short for coast to coast, but rather sea to sea – it runs from the Irish Sea to the North Sea (or vice versa). Of all the coast to … Read more

Lanchester Valley Railway Path

Lanchester Valley Railway Path cycle route overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐ The Lanchester Valley Railway path runs for 12 miles between Consett in the west and Broompark, near Durham in the east. Like most longer distant paths in County Durham, it follows the route of an old rail line. The westernmost few miles are a very gradual … Read more

Deerness Valley Railway Path cycle route

Deerness Valley Railway Path overall cycle route rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Deerness Valley Railway Path is another old railway line in County Durham that was repurposed as a traffic-free cycling and walking trail, after the railway closed in the mid sixties. The path runs for 8.5 miles between Broompark near Durham, westwards to Crook. At Broompark it … Read more

The Waskerley Way traffic-free cycle route

Waskerley Way Cycle Route Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ The Waskerley Way is a former railway line which was the Stanhope and Tyne railway. It is part of NCN 7 which helps form the long distance Coast 2 Coast route, from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Sunderland. The railway used to be the highest standard gauge railway in … Read more

Thorpe Thewles to Ryhope traffic-free cycle route

Thorpe Thewles to Ryhope Cycle Route Overall Grading: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ There is a traffic free route from Thorpe Thewles north to Ryhope, Sunderland which consists of several linked paths and old railway lines. The southern section is the Castle Eden Walk, and the northern section is the Hawthorn to Ryhope Way. The whole route is signed … Read more

Derwent Walk Cycleway

Derwent Walk Cycleway Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ The Derwent Walk cycleway is a linear cycling and walking path which runs from the river Tyne in Gateshead to Consett in County Durham. It is signed as NCN14 for the whole way, and is approximately 12 miles long. The route forms part of the national C2C route for … Read more

Two Rivers Cycleway

Two Rivers Cycleway Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ The Two Rivers Cycleway runs from the mouth of the river Wear at Sunderland to near the mouth of the river Tyne in South Shields. It is the route of NCN 1, too. The route is about 8 miles long. Getting there There are metro stations near the endpoints … Read more

Consett & Sunderland Railway Path

Consett & Sunderland Railway Path Overall Rating: ⭐⭐ The Consett and Sunderland railway path, as the name suggests, is a former railway line which was the Stanhope and Tyne railway. It is also the route of NCN 7 which forms part of the long distance Coast 2 Coast route which runs from Whitehaven in Cumbria … Read more

Bowes Railway Path Traffic-free Cycle Route

Bowes Railway Path Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ The Bowes line is an old railway, which like many others in north East England was built by George Stephenson. It originally ran to carry coal from collieries around Dipton in County Durham down to ships moored on the Tyne in Jarrow. Most of it is now a walking … Read more