Cycling in the Tyne and Wear
With many cycle trails offering stunning scenic views cycling across the Tyne and Wear and the surrounding towns cycling is a great way to explore and keep active while you’re away on holiday. If you don’t want to bring your own bikes with you cycle hire is available at a range of shops across the Tyne and Wear providing a range of bikes to hire from kids bikes to trial and mountain bikes also providing helmets, tools and maps to help rookie cyclists in the region. In addition many cycle shops offer coaching and training courses for the inexperienced cyclists who still want to enjoy riding in the Tyne and Wear. 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.
You can cycle the historic 19th century Waggonway network once used to haul coal to ships on the River Tyne from dozens of coal mines in the borough, but had fallen into disrepair over many years. There are a range of routes to explore the Waggonway network with one for every level of cyclist. With a host of other routes from the Hadrian’s Cycleway to the North Sea Cycle Route, you can explore the Tyne and Wear on two wheels. There are group rides organised by Sustrans and Watbike for novices and experienced riders that take you around all the hidden areas of the Tyne and Wear that you wouldn't find if you didn’t know the area.
We recommend using Sustrans National Cycle Network app, which is free on Apple and Android and enables the user access to over 25,000 miles of walking and cycling across the UK.
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