North Pennines Cycling
On road cycle rides and routes in the North Pennines covering the County Durham
areas of Weardale and Teesdale, the Northumberland areas of Allendale and Tynedale and parts of Cumbria.
The North Pennines is amongst the finest landscapes in the country. Designated an
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1988.
The North Pennines is also a UNESCO European and Global Geopark - highlighting its globally important Earth
heritage. Its high moor land expanses and peaceful dales offer wonderful cycle rides on quiet unspoilt and
uncrowded country roads. The rides cover the (AONB) in County Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria.
The hilly terrain in the North Pennines means it is impossible to avoid some climbs. There
are steep hills, long climbs and moderate uphill sections on all of the rides so few routes are easy. The routes
are designed for reasonably fit and experienced cyclists. They are generally not suitable for children.
Weardale is the perfect starting point for cycle rides in the Northern Pennines.
Every cycle ride has a starting and finishing point. All of our rides are routes starting
and ending at the Dales Centre in Stanhope. You will find ample parking, toilets and refreshments at the
1 in 4 (25%) Longley Bank out of Allendale
Harthope out of St John's Chapel
The highest unclassified road in England