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Stage 3: Consett to Newcastle – Three Rivers

19.0 mi
9.6 mph
475 ft
1,275 ft
Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
8.70 mi

Gibside Hall

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11.1 mi

Derwent Walk

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18.4 mi

Newcastle Castle

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19.0 mi

Tyne Bridge

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Amy planned a bike ride.

April 4, 2020


  • Amy

    If riding along a cycle path through a luscious valley, listening to birds singing and watching ducks bobbing along in the river sounds like your cup of tea, then you’ll love stage 3. Today, you’ll cover 19 miles (30.6 km) from Consett to Newcastle Upon Tyne, following a traffic-free path almost the entire way. And if that isn’t enough to get you jumping on your saddle, there is just 492 feet (150 m) of climbing and 1,280 feet (390 m) of downhill – that’s the kind of ratio I like the most! The route heads downhill from the get-go as it winds through the outskirts of Consett to join Derwent Walk, a traffic-free path that'll take you through the picturesque Derwent Valley. You’ll ride through a green tunnel of trees, enjoying expansive views over the pretty valley slopes. Make sure you give way to any walkers or horses who have right of way on the bridleway. The trail crosses the road on a few occasions. There’s normally a barrier marking the road, but keep an eye out, especially if you’re riding with kids. Whilst the majority of stage 3 leads through quiet nature, it runs parallel to the main road so pubs and cafes are never far away. Ebchester and Hamsterley villages lie within easy reach. Next, loosely follow the River Derwent into Rowlands Gill, a large village with a good selection of shops. This former mining village lies between the Gateshead greenbelt and the Gibside Estate, your next stop. Continuing on the Derwent Walk, you’ll ride along the river through the picturesque valley, passing sleepy farms and colourful meadows and cutting through Derwenthaugh Country Park. In Swalwell, you can take a small detour to stop off at Pedalling Squares, a great little cycling cafe. The final leg into Newcastle is busier, but you can navigate to the city centre on cycle paths. Newcastle is a buzzing city with loads going on, from lively nightlife to historic castles. The city has a huge selection of places to replenish your calories and rest your legs for the night.

    • April 22, 2020