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Stage 1: Middlesbrough to Durham – Three Rivers

34.8 mi
9.5 mph
1,125 ft
925 ft
Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
2.86 mi

Newport Bridge

Bike Touring Highlight

11.8 mi

Wynyard Woodland Park - Thorpe Wood

Mountain Biking Highlight

17.6 mi

Hurworth Burn Reservoir

Bike Touring Highlight

25.6 mi

Ludworth Tower

Bike Touring Highlight

34.8 mi

Durham Cathedral

Bike Touring Highlight


Singletrack: 1.58 mi
Path: 0.38 mi
Access Road: < 109 yd
Cycleway: 22.0 mi
Street: 1.58 mi
Road: 9.08 mi
State Road: 277 yd


Unpaved: 4.17 mi
Compacted Gravel: 0.34 mi
Cobblestones: 286 yd
Paved: 24.1 mi
Asphalt: 5.43 mi
Unknown: 0.65 mi

Weather Forecast

Amy planned a bike ride.

April 4, 2020


  • Amy

    Stage 1 takes you through lovely corners of the North East, covering 34.7 miles (56 km) from Middlesbrough to Durham. As with every ride in this Collection, you follow cycle paths and traffic-free trails almost the whole way. You'll start off on the flat, following a path along the River Tees and crossing the Newport Bridge. Next, a cycleway winds through suburban Middlesbrough, skirting around Stockton-on-Tees. On Harrowgate Lane, you join a track through fields – the countryside begins here. Following the trail, ride through Wynyard Woodland Park, a lovely patch of forest popular with mountain bikers and cyclists alike. If your bike can handle it, this is a great place to stray from the route to discover the trails. At the entrance to the woods, there’s a cafe to stop for coffee and cake, too. Next, climb gently up wooded slopes and grassy landscapes, arriving at Hurworth Burn Reservoir, an ideal picnic spot. You'll find civilization again in Station Town, a small village with a shop and takeaway to refuel, which roughly marks the halfway point.The Castle Eden Walkway continues from the village, merging into the Hart to Haswell Walkway as it winds through Shotton Colliery town. Here, the route switches onto the busier B1280 for a short while before veering off into farmland. Wind turbines spin to your left, you'll ride through green-patchwork countryside. With long descents and flat stretches, it’s easy riding from here. After Sherburn village, take the cycle path around the edge of Carrville before joining quiet residential roads and riding along the River Wear into the centre of Durham. Durham’s rich history and spectacular cathedral and castle have earned it the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll find no-end of quaint little cobbled streets to explore before settling into your accommodation for the night. If you’re camping, there’s a good campsite on the edge of the city next to the River Browney.

    • April 22, 2020