Route 72 takes adventurous cyclists from the west of England, across the north of the country, to the picturesque coastal resort of South Shields on the east coast. As you cycle you’ll pass through some of the most beautiful and unspoiled countryside in England, including the Lake District.

Route 72 of the National Cycle Network starts in Kendal and makes its way around the Cumbrian coast via Barrow-in-Furness and Whitehaven to Silloth. From Silloth the route heads along the Solway Firth to Carlisle and across Northumberland to South Shields via Haltwhistle, roughly following Hadrian's Wall. When complete the route will run between Kendal to South Shields.

Ravenglass to South Shields is known as Hadrian's Cycleway, although some sections between Ravenglass and Silloth are using interim routes and are not signed.

Hadrian's Cycleway takes you on a ride through some of England’s most wild and dramatic countryside. You’ll follow the line of the Roman frontier for 174 miles (280 km) from Ravenglass in Cumbria to South Shields in Tyne & Wear. Along the way you’ll take in magnificent coastal views, breathtaking countryside, Roman forts and museums, inspiring modern attractions, quaint villages and attractive market towns, all set in a World Heritage Site.

As you cycle along Route 72 you’ll enjoy the wonderfully unspoiled countryside of the north of England. You start in Kendal in the Lake District. Located in the south of the Lake District Kendal has an interesting selection of historic buildings, including Kendal Castle, Castle Howe, Abbot Hall Museum and Kendal Museum.

When complete Route 72 will take keen cyclists from the west of England, across the north of the country, to the picturesque coastal resort of South Shields on the east coast.

Route diversion

A section of Route 72 near Sellafield has been temporarily closed because of flood damage. As an alternative, we recommend walking on the footpath from Seascale to Sellafield. For more information, please contact the local Sustrans office.

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 72 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.

Share this page