National Route 10 of the National Cycle Network connects Cockermouth and North Shields via the spectacular Kielder Forest and Carlisle.

Forming the majority of The Reivers Cycle Route (a 172-mile coast to coast route from Tynemouth to Whitehaven) National Route 10 connects North Shields with Bellingham, where it shares for a short stretch with National Route 68. Outside Bellingham it restarts, joining to Westlinton, north of Carlisle. The route then breaks again, sharing with National Route 7, beginning again at Dalston (Cumbria), finishing at Cockermouth.

Cockermouth to Carlisle

National Route 10 follows mainly minor roads as far as Dalston, from here following the Caldew Cycleway riverside traffic-free path into central Carlisle. The route follows the same course of the C2Con the latter stages of this section, so expect to also follow National Route 7 signs heading north.

Carlisle to Bellingham

Leaving Carlisle heading north, the route follows the course of National Route 7 on minor roads as far as Westlinton and continues as National Route 10 into the Kershope Forest, followed by an extensive traffic-free section deep into the Kielder Forest to the reservoir where it continues on minor roads to Bellingham.

Bellingham to North Shields

Heading east the route follows minor roads to Ponteland, continuing on a succession of traffic-free trails to Sheilds Harbour where it meets National Route 72.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

Route 10 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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