Cycling in Northumberland

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CliveM
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Postby CliveM » Sun May 27, 2007 16:07 pm

Hello i3oxxy
I cycle out of Ponteland with a CTC group every Tuesday. Most of us are retired (hence Tuesday!) and cycle around 40 miles with an average speed not much more than 10mph! The leader knows the local area well and we have some beautiful rides, with a pub stop for lunch. If you want to know more, let me know. My email is on my profile.
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Postby Fnaar » Sun May 27, 2007 18:38 pm

Take bike on train to Morpeth, (may need to book on GNER?), then Morpeth-Pigdon-Netherwitton-Forestburn Gate, past Simonside, over Billsmoor to Elsdon (stop for tea and cake at caff), up to the gibbet then straight-ish lovely run back to Morpeth A splendid ride, quiet roads, lots of wildlife, a few challenging hills, much happiness! [:D] 47ish miles.

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<b><font color="blue"><font face="Comic Sans MS">More tea, vicar?</font id="Comic Sans MS"></font id="blue"></b> [:D]

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Postby Tim Farr » Sun May 27, 2007 19:42 pm

Like others have implied, after Ponteland the countryside is empty of people; which means empty roads. It's fantastic cycling country. My daughter, hubbie and gran kids live in Gosforth so I always take the bike when we visit.

But why is it there are no significant commuting villages west of Ponteland. The more usual scenario elsewhere in the UK is for villages to be swamped with new build for commuters. Strangely that seems to end at Ponteland. In fact after Ponteland the next stop is Bellingham, and the next Carlisle!

Locals, can you solve this mystery?

T Farr

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Postby rustynut » Sun May 27, 2007 20:28 pm

If it's of any interest, you can get a free map of Northumbria called "Northumbria's Cycling Kingdom". This is a map & guide to 220 miles of waymarked cycle routes, but shows also A & B, minor roads. It extends from Newcastle upon tyne to Berwick upon Tweed and ofcause shows all the coastline. These maps are based on Sustrans maps and the NCN routes are shown too. If you want a copy, tel: Northumbria Tourist Board on 0191 375 3009

Website www.visitnorthumbria.com
http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/1792/ ... ntres.html

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Postby jjojjascp » Sun May 27, 2007 22:04 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Tim Farr</i>

Like others have implied, after Ponteland the countryside is empty of people; which means empty roads. It's fantastic cycling country. My daughter, hubbie and gran kids live in Gosforth so I always take the bike when we visit.

But why is it there are no significant commuting villages west of Ponteland. The more usual scenario elsewhere in the UK is for villages to be swamped with new build for commuters. Strangely that seems to end at Ponteland. In fact after Ponteland the next stop is Bellingham, and the next Carlisle!

Locals, can you solve this mystery?

T Farr
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nope..........
Maybe because the land is hard to get hold of (which it is)...or, there simply isn't enough people/cash to demand being more than 50 minutes drive from the centre of Newcastle? ........unless you drive in at 08:30 like most wage slaves[:D][:p]
A lot of people come in from the other sides.... approach from the east is a pain (did it for 5 years) and from the south (occasionally do it now on the bike) is little better. The city being on on a river with limited access via significant roads surely must make some issues for people?

not sure though...just guessing[8)]

It'll be cheaper in the long run......honest

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Postby Jack Russell » Sun May 27, 2007 22:21 pm

This site has some good maps of rides in the north east. I would advise taking compass and Landranger map with you as it is easy to get lost, well for me anyway. The last time I stopped at a house where someone was working in the garden and asked them to show me where I was on a map they could not.
http://www.bikeroutes.org.uk/


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Postby Tunnycp » Thu May 31, 2007 20:58 pm

My ride today had me in admiration of how good the riding can be in Northumberland.No surprise to me but as the thread is still here I thought post a quick run down of todays ride.Might give a few others some ideas.

I set off from Seaton Delaval at 11am heading west through Seghill,
Dudley,Seaton Burn ,Wideopen ,Dinnington ,Ponteland (largely town riding to this point)For the first time in 5 days I had good weather for my daily ride ,yes even sunshine !!
From Ponteland I began to hit the country roads.Really enjoyable immediatly.Dalton,Stamfordham,Matfen before turning North and climbing up to Ryal perched on the brow of the hills.A fast decent
43.3mph heading west with fantastic views all around.Very very green in every direction.Looked great in the May sunshine.
Continued West to Colwell and Barresford before a lovely decent into the North Tyne Valley at Wark.I crossed the skinny(but long) bridge to the village where I took a break at the half way mark.
After a 15 min drink and snack break I was off again heading for home. Into the wind and immediatly uphill climbing for a couple of miles out of Wark and up through Birtly and out on to the hilltops.Constantly up and down here, quite enrgy sapping as I made my way over the moors and hills to Great Bavington , ace roads!!!!I continued east through Capheaton and dropped down to Belsay .Some very poor road surfaces around Capheaton. I was tiring by now.Since Wark I'd been climbing a lot and it was into a niggly headwind.From Belsay headed SE Ogle ,Kirkley ,Berwick Hill , Dinnington ,Seaton Burn,Seghill and at last Seaton Delaval. Home sweet home .I was bushed ! 6pm.
I was more tired than normal ,warm weather ,muchos climbing , probably not enough food and drink but another 80 miles in the bag.
Boosted May to 783 miles.

Despite my tough run home I loved my latest day on the bike and can really recommend Northumberland for riding , especially once you're out of the towns. Throughout all of the country sections I was passed by cars only occassionally. Heaven !!
Roll on the weekend.

Happy cycling .
Tun

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Postby melliff » Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:32 am

I did the Coast & Castles last week and I've put the route on bikely.com here:

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Co ... tles-NCN-1

Martin.


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