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Cycling in Northumberland

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Extraordinary remote landscapes and rural to the very core, cycling in Northumberland feels like a true adventure no matter where you pedal. This huge county is home to the diverse Northumberland National Park with its rolling hills, atmospheric valleys and open moorland. Riding here lends itself to daydreaming as surely as it lends itself to photography. 

Would you like to explore cycle routes in Northumberland’s deepest forest? Riding through Kielder Forest Park is a magical experience with immense working timber woods which welcome cyclists with open arms. Tranquility is easy to embrace and, if you’re eagle-eyed, you might spot a red squirrel. 

Northumberland has the kind of coastline that draws cyclists and captures their hearts. Castles, mudflats and beaches define bike rides along this lengthy coastline, over half of which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

Intermediate
02:35
20.8 mi
Intermediate
02:01
19.7 mi
Expert
05:34
43.9 mi
Expert
03:49
33.9 mi
Easy
02:00
20.3 mi
Expert
04:44
45.5 mi
Intermediate
02:39
25.1 mi
Intermediate
02:10
22.9 mi
Expert
02:40
23.7 mi
Expert
06:39
46.4 mi
Intermediate
03:31
35.8 mi
Expert
04:23
44.2 mi
Expert
03:33
35.4 mi
Easy
01:20
14.2 mi
Intermediate
01:40
14.7 mi
Expert
04:45
49.4 mi
Expert
04:44
47.5 mi
Intermediate
02:38
25.4 mi
Expert
05:13
52.7 mi
Intermediate
02:04
21.7 mi

Top 20 cycling routes in Northumberland

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    02:35
    20.8 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate

    4.8

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    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  2. 2
    02:01
    19.7 mi
    9.7 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate

    4.8

    (28)

    428

    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  4. 3
    05:34
    43.9 mi
    7.9 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,325 ft
    Expert

    5.0

    (5)

    112

    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  5. 4
    03:49
    33.9 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,250 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert

    5.0

    (2)

    38

    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  6. 5
    02:00
    20.3 mi
    10.2 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Easy

    5.0

    (2)

    23

    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  7. 6
    04:44
    45.5 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert

    5.0

    (3)

    28

    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  8. 7
    02:39
    25.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate

    5.0

    (1)

    19

    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  9. 8
    02:10
    22.9 mi
    10.6 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate

    5.0

    (3)

    28

    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  10. 9
    02:40
    23.7 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert

    28

    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  11. 10
    06:39
    46.4 mi
    7.0 mph
    3,475 ft
    3,475 ft
    Expert

    2

    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  12. 11
    03:31
    35.8 mi
    10.2 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate

    21

    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  13. 12
    04:23
    44.2 mi
    10.1 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert

    5.0

    (1)

    11

    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  14. 13
    03:33
    35.4 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert

    4.0

    (2)

    14

    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  15. 14
    01:20
    14.2 mi
    10.7 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy

    5.0

    (1)

    13

    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  16. 15
    01:40
    14.7 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate

    5.0

    (3)

    13

    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  17. 16
    04:45
    49.4 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert

    4

    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  18. 17
    04:44
    47.5 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert

    5

    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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  19. 18
    02:38
    25.4 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate

    10

    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  20. 19
    05:13
    52.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert

    8

    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  21. 20
    02:04
    21.7 mi
    10.6 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate

    10

    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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