Cycling in Durham
With many cycle trails offering breathtaking views cycling around Durham and the surrounding areas cycling is a great way to explore. If you don’t want to bring your own bikes with you cycle hire is available across the county providing helmets, tools and maps to help rookie cyclists in the region. If you prefer to get the adrenaline pumping and want to try mountain biking there a range of routes from the beginner to the experienced rider. With many cycle companies housing all the facilities ‘under one roof’ with a restaurants, camp sites and an extensive range of mountain trails.
Here are a few of our favourite cycling routes around Durham, firstly the Waskerley Way a shared cycling and walking path that follows the route of the Old Stanhope and Tyne Railway line.
The path starts near Consett and runs to Weather Hill passing through woodland and open moorland. You will also pass the delightful Smiddy Shaw and Waskerley Reservoirs. The second route the Lanchester Valley Walk This shared cycling and walking path uses the route of the railway originally built to carry iron ore to Consett Steelworks. The path runs from Durham to Consett passing Bearpark, Langley Park and Lanchester. Route highlights include the 13th century Beaurepaire Priory at Bearpark, Lanchester Roman Fort and some lovely views of the River Browney.
Of course if you would rather keep the bike firmly planted on the ground, Durham’s many winding country lanes, quaint villages and towns have a great network of roads connecting them all together, meaning you’re never far away from the next great attraction or beauty spot to admire. With the use of the Sustrans national cycle network app, which is free on Apple and Android and enables access to over 25,000 miles of walking and cycling across the UK.
For more information on cycling in Durham click here.
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