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Putney to Windsor Castle

Putney to Windsor Castle

Route Information

Stats:  32 miles and 622 feet of ascent (each way)

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Refreshments

Cinnamon Cafe Windsor and The Dynamo Cafe in Putney on the way back.

Character

This is one of the Time Out magazine rides, which we think is a great ‘there and back’ riverside ride -and you get to see a castle!


Route

  1.  Go along to towpath passing boat houses and rowing clubs, taking the road at Hammersmith Bridge and heading up to Roehampton Gate at Richmond Park.
  2. Exit the park and follow the road (A307) towards Kingston, picking up the river again and passing the Boaters Inn (good food on return leg).
  3. Cross Kingston Bridge and stay alongside the river, Barge Walk to Hampton Court Palace.
  4. Head south over Hampton Court Bridge and find the towpath again, leaving the river at Weybridge and joining the A317 towards Windsor fora short while.
  5. Turn off right at Chertsey Fire Station, following National Cycle Network signs to Chertsey Bridge, cross both the river and the M3 and stay alongside the river on Thames Side to Staines. As you ride with meadows and trees either side, you will turn off left to stay alongside this riverside road.
  6. At Laleham it becomes a path and continues along the Thames.
  7. Cross over at Staines and follow the A308 into Windsor and to the castle.



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Col Du Dallowgill

Col du Dallowgill

Route Information

Stats: 32 miles and  2300 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Fountains Abbey visitor centre is ideal, and has a great restaurant for post ride meals and snacks.

Character

This route takes in the winding lanes on the dge of the Dales to hidden places with superb climbing.


Route

  1. Head out of Fountains, down through the Deer Park and to the main Pateley Bridge Road. Turn right towards Ripon and then turn left after 300 metres, towards Galthay.
  2. Go past the Inn and down to the T junction. Turn left and ride the rolling climbs to High Grantley.Just before the village,take the road to the right towards Skelding. Follow this winding lane to the T junction on the moors road.
  3. Turn right on this road towards Laverton and Dallowgill. Ride over the cattle grid and after the tight and narrow twisting lane take the minor road on the left signed to Dallowgill.
  4. Twist and climb this awesome country lane, as it guides you to the Col at Dallowgill, with spectacular views.
  5. Follow the long and rolling road, with testing climbs to the edge of Kirkby Malzeard. Ride the short Laverton Loop  before crossing the junction in Kirkby Malzeard and riding to Grewelthorpe.
  6. At Grewelthorpe take the road towards Ripon for 1 mile before turning left and descending Mickley Bank.
  7. After the village of Mickley, climb up and turn right onto the narrow lane. At its end turn left and shortly afterwards turn right onto a lane that brings you to the Ripon Road.
  8. Turn left and ride into Ripon and back to Fountains Abbey.



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Waskerley Way

Waskerley Way

Route Information

Stats: 55 miles and  2400 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Cafes at: The Cycle Hub, Thornley Woods, Consett, Parkhead Station

Character

An entirely off road route using the National Cycle Network, suitable for mountain, hybrid or cross bikes from the heart of Newcastle along the Tyne and Derwent valleys and then the Waskerley Way right on the cusp of the Pennines.


Route

1. Head along the Quayside using NCN 72. Passing the city’s former maritime heritage now converted to expensive apartments, trendy bars and eateries, law courts and hotels, see the Millennium Bridge, go under the iconic Tyne Bridge and follow the quayside path up the river until you meet Scotswood Road.

2. The cycleway continues alongside the dual carriageway, then crosses at the lights and heads up a wooded path and re-joins via an overpass. Cross Scotswood Bridge on the pavement and down to meet the river on its south bank, and then join the river Derwent and NCN 14.

3. This path passes through Derwenthaugh and joins onto the Derwent Countryside Park, a former railway line which used to link the iron ore mines of Consett to the industrial city, remnants of this can easily be seen as you ride over huge towering viaducts which used to carry the line, and overgrown station platforms by the side of the path. Briefly pass through Rowland’s Gill where you can overlook the Gibside Estate, and may see the region’s Red Kite colony swooping overhead.

4. The path continues through the forests, occasionally dipping down sharply to cross the local roads, through Shotley Bridge to Consett.

5. Pick up NCN 7 (be sure to take the turn for Allenheads/Waskerley as the other way heads east to Sunderland) and see the industrial art installations and the landscape gradually change to moorland.

6. Carry on and the path crosses Houndsgill Viaduct and becomes the Waskerley Way, another former railway line that once allowed lead mined from the Pennines to be brought to the city.

7. Pass the Waskerley reservoir and continue up the loose gravel track until you meet the Parkhead Station B&B and cafe.

8. Return by reversing the route back to Ouseburn.




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Tyne River Loop

Tyne River Loop

Route Information

Stats: 44 miles and  860 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Cafes at: Wylam, Blaydon, Baltic Quay, South Shields, Ouseburn

Character

A quiet, mostly off-road loop along both banks of the river Tyne, using a mixture of some road, cycle paths and cinder track, along former railway routes and maritime industrial areas which have been converted to inner city parkland using the National Cycle Network routes 72, 141 and 14. Suitable for MTB, Hybrid or cyclo-cross.


Route

1. Exit the Hub and turn left onto NCN 72, Hadrian’s Way which goes along Newcastle Quayside, under the Tyne Bridge, then on Scotswood road.

2. Leave the Hadrian’s Way at Newburn Riverside with a left turn at the roundabout, then left onto the river path.

3. Rejoin NCN 72 after Newburn Industrial estate and through the park and on past George Stephenson’s birthplace to Wylam. Go through the village and cross the Tyne on the old railway bridge at Hagg Bank, which was the original prototype for the later Tyne and Sydney Bridges.

4. After the bridge, turn left then left again, following the road over Hagg Bank, turn left, cross the railway then turn right into the station car park and join NCN 141, Keelman’s Way, and follow it along the Golf course to Ryton, then Blaydon.

5. After Blaydon station the route continues through the industrial estate to meet the river again, then crosses the mouth of the river Derwent where the route becomes NCN 14.

6. Cross the mouth of the Derwent River and pass the Metrocentre, then cross the road at the traffic lights and right into Dunston. Turn left at the Tudor Rose Pub and follow the new section of the route round the river edge and onto Gateshead Quayside.

7. At the Swing Bridge turn right then left and go under the Tyne Bridge once more, past the Sage concert centre and past the Baltic Centre for contemporary art.

Continue on NCN 14 along South Shore Road and onto Felling Shore path, through the industrial estate and then Bill Quay City Farm and on through Hebburn riverside park.

8. A small bank up to the church then left along the shipyard road to Jarrow then a left onto Jarrow Slake.

9. Join the path alongside the main road then a left to South Shields for the ferry to cross the river.

10. On the other side join NCN 72 again, up the bank and around Royal Quays Marina, through Howden and along the old shipyard rail line, Walker riverside park and back to Ouseburn.




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Simonside – Cycle Route

Simonside

Route Information

Stats: 55 miles and  3650 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Cafes at: Kirkley Cycles, N1 Golf Centre, Elsdon, Wallington Hall, The Stables (just before Bolam lake, on right), Bolam Lake visitor centre.

Character

A loop of the Simonside hills overlooking Rothbury and the Coquet valley, returning via Harwood forest.


Route

1. Start at Kirkley Cycles (free parking available) and turn left. Keep going past the golf centre then turn right then next left, follow the road through the burn then take a right for Mitford, passing the pretty church on the left and castle ruins on the right.

2. At the top of the road turn left and continue until a right turn at the Dyke Neuk pub. Follow the road until a t-junction and turn right signed for Netherwitton where a left turn follows the river font to Ritton Bank, a fair climb up to meet the wind turbines (this climb features on the Virgin Money Cyclone sportive).

3. Carry on to Forrestburn Gate and turn right, then a short while later a left for Simonside. The climb ends with spectacular views of the town of Rothbury and the Coquet valley, then drops down through the tiny villages of Great and Little Tosson before meeting the river.

4. Take a left turn onto the B6341, and onto the climb of Bilsmoor (also featured on the VM Cyclone, this one is a timed climb during the sportive), then drop down into Elsdon.

5. At the village, veer left and over the bridge to begin the last big climb of Winter’s Gibbet, which starts off steep through several sharp bends then relents to a gentle straight rise to the gallows on the summit. This was used to hang criminals and cattle rustlers and takes its name from one William Winter who was hanged in 1791 for the murder of Margaret Crozier.

6. The road then rewards with a long arrow straight gradual downhill past Harwood forest. Turn right at the end and pass through the villages of Cambo and Wallington.

7. Turn left just before the bridge then a right and pass Bolam lake, turn left then next right through Bolam village and on to Whalton.

8. Turn left into the village then next right for Ogle.

9. Take a right in the village for Kirkley, pass the entrance for the Hall and zoological gardens and turn left to return to Kirkley Cycles on the left.




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Roman Way – Cycle Route

Roman Way

Route Information

Stats: 38 miles and  2370 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Cafes at: Corbridge, Hexham, Bardon Mill, Haltwhistle, Greenhead, Gilsland, Lanercost, Brampton

Character

A ride through the countryside and through time! A glimpse into the occupation of Britain by the Roman Empire along the northern frontier of Hadrian’s Wall from the Roman fort town of Corbridge to Brampton.


Route

1. Leave the town centre and pass the Wheatsheaf pub on the s bend, then take a left turn onto Corchester Lane.

2. Follow this road as in winds its way toward the thriving medieval market town of Hexham, and enter the town through the industrial estate road and a left turn onto the bridge, take caution this is a busy road but is the only one into the town, then turn right at the roundabout and enter the park.

3. Cross the railway twice and follow the path along the river where you can see the joining of the North and South Tyne.

4. At the end turn right then cross the railway again, best to dismount as the road and rails cross at an angle giving this crossing a reputation for cycle crashes, and continue to Fourstones which was the site of the first official Boy Scout camp in 1908, then on to Newbrough and Stanegate which is the route of the original Roman military road alongside the Wall.

5. After the Stanegate rise, the top of which on a clear day can be seen Cross Fell in the Pennines and Cheviot in Northumberland, the road drops sharply on which take a right turn for the Vindolanda Roman fort excavation site.

6. After the fort follow the NCN 72 signs until you cross the A69 then take a right into Bardon Mill. Carry on along the old Carlisle road through the villages of Redburn and Melkridge to Haltwhistle, which occupies the geographical ‘Centre of Britain’. (Editor’s note – a claim hotly contested by Dunsop Bridge in Lancashire)

7. Turn right then left onto the main street, and again follow the NCN 72 signs out of the town until you meet the B6318, turn left then it’s a sharp descent into the village of Greenhead.

8. Take the first right for the wall fort of Gilsland, cross the bridge and turn left then take another left for Birdoswald which stands on the Roman fort of Banna.

9. Rejoin the route of Hadrian’s Wall, passing Bank’s East Turret, and on to Lanercost with its impressive Priory.

10. Cross the river Irthing and continue into Brampton.




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Muggleswick and the Delves

Muggleswick & the Delves

Route Information

Stats: 29 miles and  3150 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

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.

Character

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.


Route

  1. 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.
  2. Cross over the A68 before twisting right, via Muggleswick to Edmundbyers.
  3. Leave Edmundbyers towards Stanhope and at the summit turn left to Waskerley and head for home crossing the A68 once more.



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Edge of Kielder

Edge of Kielder

Route Information

Stats: 59 miles and  4880 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

Cafes at Elsdon, Otterburn, Bellingham, Rothbury

Character

Loop based in Rothbury, taking in the Alwinton valley, skirting the eastern fringe of the Kielder National Park and the plateau of Sweethope Loughs, on quiet roads and single track.


Route

1. Starting at Rothbury head west and turn right at Thropton, then next left and go through Snitter.

2. Continue to Netherton and turn left to Alwinton.

3. At the bridge turn left, pass through Harbottle, turn right just before Sharperton and follow the river Coquet (“coke-it”), to rejoin the B6341 turning right.

4. Climb onto Bilsmoor Common (as featured in the Virgin Money Cyclone), and descend into Elsdon.

5. Veer right in the village and head for Otterburn. Briefly join the A696 for Otterburn.

6. Turn left in the village and pass the mill. Cross the A68 and go over Hareshaw Common and drop into Bellingham.

7. Turn left then right onto the Redesmouth road (also signed for NCN 10, Reivers).

8. Climb from the bridge at Redesmouth up the hill locally known as ‘vomit’ and cross the A68 onto Sweethope Lough windfarm. Carry on, pass the shoe tree, and cross the A696 at Knowesgate.

9. At the next junction turn left, then right at the end.

10. Turn left and pass Rothley lakes and follow the undulating road through Forestburngate all the way back to Rothbury.




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Storiths and Bolton Abbey

Storiths & Bolton Abbey

Route Information

Stats: 17 miles and  1552 feet of ascent

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Refreshments

The secret place here is the Storiths cafe at “Back O’ Th’ Hill Farm”. The cake is superb, with hot mugs of tea to wash it down. Upstairs it has a huge model train layout. Accommodation is all around is various Dales B&Bs, but nearby Skipton provides the best options.

Character

A great summers evening ride. This route takes in the best bits of Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, some great Yorkshire Dales views and back through a wood known as Storiths. Back to the Cavendish Pavillion where you can either have a pot of tea, chill with an ice cream or cool your legs in the river. Loads of parking at the Cavendish but take some change as you’ll have to pay during the warmer months. You can make this route longer by travelling through Burnsall and into Threshfield/Grassington and then heading back on the B6265.


Route

1. Park up at the Cavendish Pavillion car park, which is situated just beyond Bolton Abbey village on the right. Pay on the way down. This provides a great area to park and to use the facilities. Check bike and kit and set off up the lane which you’ve just come down.

2. At the junction turn right and continue along towards Barden Tower.

3. At Barden Tower (which is a good photo spot) continue straight on the lane towards Burnsall

4. The B6160 will bring you out at Burnsall which again is a perfect Yorkshire Dales village and you could spend some time there or bat straight on. Cross over the bridge (straight on for Threshfield on the longer route)

5. Take your next left turn onto Hartlington Raikes and continue climbing up the hill.

6. You will climb up to the B6265 and turn right at the junction.

7. Continue along this main road until you see the junction for Appletreewick on your right. The lane is marked New Road and is a downhill section.

8. This is fast decent and worthy of some speed however be careful of both cars and cows. They seem to pop out from nowhere and trust me the farmer uses language like I’ve never heard.

9. Some great tight bends and you will come to a junction but continue towards Appletreewick on Hazier Lane.

10. Take the next left onto Stangs Lane which is another drop down. This will bring you out above Barden Tower on the other side of the River Wharfe.

11. Continue left and don’t be tempted to drop down to Barden.

12. You are now on Storiths Lane and will be riding along a tree lined lane. Word of warning – this is a tight lane in places and cars do tend to fly along so be careful of muddy verges. Don’t want to end up in a bush or worse a tree.

13. Storiths lane has a wide and very obvious right turn down the wooden bridge over the river Wharfe which brings you nicely back to the front door of the Cavendish Pavilion and the facilities.
Have an ice cream as you’ve earned it.




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Sedbergh to Dent

Sedbergh to Dent Loop

Route Information

Stats: 18 miles and  rolling

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Refreshments

Sedbergh is a great little town with ample tea shops and Inns. It is famous for the old school, which Will Carling once attended, and its bookshops. A short distance away is Howgills Bunk Barn, for the more budget conscious.

For refreshments along the way, Dent cannot be beaten – besides, it has a wealth of pubs brewing their own ales!

http://www.howgillsbunkbarn.co.uk/

Character

This is a great route with stunning valley views and the Yorkshire Dales village of Dent to take in enroute. There are plenty of get out opportunities if you’re not feeling great or the weather closes in. This is also a route which Road, Mountain or Hybrid bikes can be used with ease. It is also very much a family route using dent as your objective.


Route

1. Bike and kit check at the car park making sure you have spares and the correct safety equipment. Ride out onto Loftus Hill towards Millthrop village

2. At Milford go over the river, cornering right through the village.

3. Continue through the village and stay on the main road always bearing left.

4. The road turns into Moser Hill brow and has the valley bottom with river on your right with spectacular views. Continue on the steady climb east

5. If you don’t feel like the full route on your right you will see Mill lane and the bridge over the river. Apart from turning round this is the first chance to cross the river and loop back round into Sedbergh.

6.The lovely lane continues and turns into Hall Lane and drops to the river side and then follows the river into Cowgill. Take the right in the very small village and over the bridge.

7. You are now on the return leg of the route and heading towards Dent village.

8. At Dent take a well-earned break. This is lovely village, quiet through the winter but becomes a tourist hot spot through the spring and summer so good advice would be to set off late or early and get the best out of the village.

9. The centre of the village has cobbled streets which you will need to pass over so a good time to walk through the village. Pass the car park on the right and continue west out of the village.

10. Continue along the main road and into the next village of Gawthrop (just before you have the opportunity to turn right and continue back to Sedbergh on the lane previously used).

11. The lane narrows slightly as you pass moor on your left. Continue along this lane until you reach a high point with a junction in the road. Take the right lane and drop back down over the river into Milthorpe and retrace your steps back into Sedbergh and back to the car park from where you started.

Sedbergh has maintained its ancient charms and should be explored if you have time. It has a wealth of small book shops to search through, with good cafes for tea and cake afterwards.




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