Muggleswick & the Delves
Stats: 29 miles and 3150 feet of ascent
Knitsley Farm Cafe near Delves is a cracking spot, and popular with cyclists. Their bangers are particularly renowned, so get yourself along for a bite to eat and a brew.
Quiet and isolated roads and the road around Smidy Shaw Reservior make this a touring cyclists route. It really is a gem of a ride, with a great Pennine hill climb thrown into the mix. This is a cracking route that rolls around superb countryside and will test your climbing skills.
- From Consett head out to the Old Mill at Knitsley. Turn left and follow loop via the junction at Longedge Lane and head along this.
- Cross over the A68 before twisting right, via Muggleswick to Edmundbyers.
- Leave Edmundbyers towards Stanhope and at the summit turn left to Waskerley and head for home crossing the A68 once more.