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Routes in Newcastle area ??

LeesykoiLeesykoi Posts: 338
edited January 2010 in Road beginners
Hi,

Not sure if i should have put this in the training section however i'm after some idea's for routes in the Newcastle Upon Tyne area ?

For any locals who have any idea's or links to websites i'd be starting from the Wideopen/Gosforth area and ideally am looking for a variety of rides eg 20 / 30 / 40 miles.

Thks for all your help.

Cheers Lee.
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  • NerrepNerrep Posts: 112
    http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-ki ... 5889075818

    That's my current standard short(ish) route. I live in Heaton so obviously start from there, but you could join it at the top left quite easily. Roads are relatively clear, quiet and well surfaced, navigation is fairly simple, and you get some nice views at the coastal end. Downsides are the horrific and constant easterly wind which make the second half of the ride a bit of a slog.

    Should also be fairly easy to extend north easterly if you want a longer ride.
  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    I lived in Gateshead for a year and a bit. Most of my cycling was done in the hills to the west, but I also cycled north sometimes on my way to the borders to visit my parents.

    You're within easy reach of some lovely quiet lanes up towards Dinnington and beyond. Head out through Fawdon and then onto minor lanes and take your pick. Loads of options up that way. Not very hilly though.

    If you want hills, cross the river and head towards Consett - again loads of quiet lanes once you get out of the city.
    More problems but still living....
  • Suggest you go north into the wilds of Northumberland. Coastal road is nice but there are loads of routes up into the countryside around there so it's dead easy to get off the beaten track. Just explore.

    If you can get as far as Rothbury, the best hills in the county that I've ridden for getting the heart pumping are around there IMO, though I've not ridden further south than Morpeth. I'm a road cyclist though, so this will be totally irrelevent if you're a mountain biker.

    Totally agree with Nerrep's comments about the wind too; every time that I've ridden up there the wind has blown....
  • LeesykoiLeesykoi Posts: 338
    Thks.
    I like shiny bikes - especially Italian ones.....!!
  • wiffachipwiffachip Posts: 861
    have a look at the Northern Rock Cyclone website, the route maps for the 30 and 60 miles rides will give you some ideas, in fact why not sign up ?

    was riding in that neck of the woods yesterday and I've never seen so many cyclists out
  • LeesykoiLeesykoi Posts: 338
    wiffachip wrote:
    have a look at the Northern Rock Cyclone website, the route maps for the 30 and 60 miles rides will give you some ideas, in fact why not sign up ?

    was riding in that neck of the woods yesterday and I've never seen so many cyclists out

    I may sign up for the Northern Rock Cyclone, not sure though as i'm doing the London 2 Paris the next weekend after it.

    I live a few miles from Dinnington and i tend to ride around the Dinnington/Berwick Hill/Ponteland area at the moment. Alternatively i sometimes head to Seaton Delavel and then head south to Tynemouth and back home.

    Was looking for some alternatives or online maps as i tend to kind of make my routes up as i go along at the moment.

    Lee.
    I like shiny bikes - especially Italian ones.....!!
  • Coast road down through South Shields - Seaburn - Sunderland then to Seaham is a canny route.

    Then to Houghton, Washington Village, and back to Gateshead to Newcastle
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