For those arriving by train, there are on-road cycle lanes that take you from both Thornby and Middlesborough Train Stations to the start of the route. Starting and finishing at the Tees Barrage, where the adventurous will find the Tees Barrage White Water Rafting Centre, the route runs along a traffic-free path along the river. You follow this path past the Portrack Marshes Nature Reserve, a wetland that is home to hundreds of birds each year. The route travels under the A19 and then under the Newport Bridge, taking you north towards Portrack.
At the roundabout you bear right and follow signs to Haverton Hill and Port Clarence, following the traffic-free path to Port Clarence Road. Midway along the traffic-free path is a spur which takes you to Saltholme Nature Reserve, where you will find a great cafe, three architect-designed hides, a walled wildlife garden and a dazzling array of wildlife. An added bonus for cyclists and walkers: if you travel by bike or on two feet it won't cost you a penny - no matter how long you stay.
On leaving the reserve you return to the cycle path and turn left to the Transporter Bridge - the second largest type of its kind remaining in the world. Once on the other side of the river you join Route 1 and follow it upstream where you pass the Teesauraus Park, a collection of fantastic steel dinosaurs. The ride then takes you back to your original starting point.
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.
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.