- Route: To Berwick on Tweed from Appleby and Penrith.
- Distance: Appleby to Berwick 150 miles. Penrith to Berwick 138 miles. 8 miles traffic free.
- National Cycle Network: Route 68
- Access: Berwick-upon-Tweed, Haltwhistle, Penrith Train Stations
The route takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes and unspoilt countryside that England has to offer, including the Eden valley, the dramatic North Pennines, the South Tyne Vally, past Hadrian's Wall and through the Northumberland National Park. It passes over 60 tourist attractions and 85 towns and villages.
The route begins on the magnificant Northumberland Coast at the northern most town in England - Berwick upon Tweed. Captured or sacked 13 times before finally falling into English hands in 1482, Berwick’s Elizabethan walls were built to keep out invading Scots. The route follows the River Tweed out into the countryside and the Northumberland National Park with its dramatic hills and valleys. The route heads to Bellingham, on the banks of the North Tyne, which is known as the gateway town to Kielder Water & Forest Park. Its a great place for a pit stop with lots of cafes and B&B's. Heading on the route takes you to the picturesque town of Haltwhistle which is a great place to explore.
From here the route continues along the A686 before splitting into two braids at Renwick. One route takes you to the town of Penrith, past Langwathby. The other continues onto the historic market town of Appleby-in-Westmoorland and travels past Gamblesby, Melmerby and Kirkland.
Unfortunately the North Pennine cycle route map is out of print. This section of the route is now covered on Sustrans' regional maps 31, 35, 39.
Things to see and do
The route takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes and unspoilt countryside that England has to offer, including the Eden valley, the North Pennines and the Northumberland National Park.