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Discover historic Tyneside and Northumberland with a new book of 33 cycle rides

Discover historic Tyneside and Northumberland with a new book of 33 cycle rides

The starting point of the South of the Tyne loop – one of the 33 routes featured in the new book Cycle Rides in Northumberland…

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The starting point of the South of the Tyne loop – one of the 33 routes featured in the new book Cycle Rides in Northumberland and Beyond The South of the Tyne loop is one of the routes featured in the new book Cycle Rides in Northumberland and Beyond, by Ted Liddle.

On a personal note, as someone who enjoys a weekend off-road bike ride that takes in historical points of interest, it’s ideal.

The full loop which connects Bowes, Bede and the Baltic is 34 miles long – but you can join or leave the route at any point to suit your own capabilities.

The ride nominally begins at the Jarrow entrance of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cycle Tunnel, makes its way upstream past the Millennium Bridge and Dunston Staiths to Tanfield Railway Station, then doubles back along the former Bowes Railway line, via Monkton, to Jarrow Monastery.

Ted Liddle’s latest book comes six years after his first, 33 Cycle Rides in Northumberland. This is volume two, containing a further 33 stunning rides across our region, and published by Blagdon-based publisher Northern Heritage.

To complete the routes in Cycle Rides in Northumberland and Beyond , you don’t have to be the ‘fittest or the fastest’ of cyclists.

There are two main riding-style categories. Twenty-six routes can be ridden on a gravel bike and would also be ideal for suitable e-bikes. Then there are seven excellent road bike routes, some of which are pretty challenging in terms of distance and elevation. All seven road routes […]

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