Cycling in Northumberland
We have plenty circular routes from Radcliffes Lodge, to the North South and West. A choice of road cycling or mixed terrain routes ideally suited to gravel bikes. We have a great selection on our Komoot page.
The Coast and Castles South cycle route is a great introduction to long-distance cycling. It’s perfect for those looking for their first cycle touring adventure.
It is arguably one of the National Cycle Network’s easiest, but no less epic, long-distance routes.
The Coast and Castles South cycle route links the Forth and Tyne estuaries, joining Newcastle and Edinburgh via miles of unspoiled coastline and some of Britain’s best built and natural heritage.
Along the Coast and Castles South route, you’ll pass a plethora of natural and historic sites, including several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, nature reserves, the world-famous Lindisfarne, and Bamburgh Castle located in the ancient capital of Northumbria.
The route hugs the coastline from Newcastle to Berwick-upon-Tweed, then heads inland via Melrose and Dalkeith to Edinburgh.
The best way to tackle the route is south to north – from Newcastle to Edinburgh. Radcliffes Lodge is a perfect 1st night stop in this direction or a last nights stop if doing it from the North.
Travelling in this direction usually means the wind is more favourable but the ride is great either way round. If you don’t fancy the trip home by bike, there are fast and regular trains at both endpoints.
The route also forms part of the North Sea Cycle Route, the world’s longest signed international cycle route, passing through seven countries around the North Sea. The North Sea Cycle Route is also called EuroVelo 12. (https://en.eurovelo.com/ev12 )
For mountain biking there are Thrunton Woods on the A696 (just north of Longframlington) – a few miles west of Amble and then there’s Rothbury (Simonside) and a little further inland at Alwinton.