Bike Touring Highlight
Includes a ferry crossing
Check ferry timetable.
Includes segments in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
Amy planned a bike ride.
April 4, 2020
Stage 4 takes you to the sea for the first time on your journey as you ride 30.9 miles (49.8 km) from Newcastle to Seaham. Expect salty sea air, candy-coloured sunsets, iconic piers, and ice cream stops-a-plenty on today’s ride. Once again, you’ll be cycling on traffic-free ways for the majority of the day – hurrah! Although you won’t find many secluded nature spots among the region’s industrial landscapes, you’ll visit some wonderful towns and cities that are alive with history.From Newcastle, ride along the River Tyne as it completes its journey into the North Sea at North Shields. Here, catch the Shields Ferry that runs every 30 minutes across to South Shields. More info: nexus.org.uk/ferry/timetableSouth Shields is a coastal town that has experienced a lot over the centuries, from Roman invasion to Viking raids, and industrial boom to World War bombings. It’s worth checking out the Arbeia Roman Fort during your visit. Along South Shields’ seafront, golden beaches hug the shoreline, providing a wonderful backdrop to your ride out of the town. You’ll pass by the iconic red and white tower of Souter Lighthouse before arriving in Whitburn, a quaint seaside village with a beautiful sandy beach. Continue to follow the sea, passing Seaburn Beach and arriving in Roker, a popular seaside retreat with a vibrant seafront with plenty of attractions. The pier here also marks the end of the C2C (komoot.com/collection/888204/cycling-the-c2c-spectacular-wilderness-from-coast-to-coast). Next, ride up the mouth of the River Wear into Sunderland, a historic port city that is a commercial centre for the car industry and science and technology sectors. Following cycle paths, you’ll ride through the city centre, past University train station and Tunstall Hills Nature Reserve on the outskirts. The route heads back towards the sea, arriving at the coast in Ryhope. Here, you’ll join Seaton Bank trail for a short stretch before turning into Seaham, your final stop. This pleasant little town is home to St Mary the Virgin, one of the oldest surviving churches in the UK. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options and places for dinner too.
April 22, 2020