Ride the North East coastline

cyclist over look the sea on the Northumberland coast

Admiring the Northumberland coast

Boats in Berwick upon Tweed

Boats in Berwick upon Tweed

Cycling on the promenade at Cleveland

Cycling on the promenade at Cleveland

Route 1 of the National Cycle Network travels the length of the UK, hugging the coastline between Bridlington in Yorkshire and Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland.  Here the route takes you past white sandy beaches, craggy coves, quaint fishing villages and wonderful seaside resort towns. 

We've chosen some of our favourite sections to ride in a day:

Holy Island: Berwick to Lindisfarne

Distance: 15 miles

Terrain: Medium, a mixture of on and off-road paths - no hills.  The section at Spittal can be rough in bad weather.

This route takes you from the historic town of Berwick-upon-Tweed to Holy Island, which lies just a few miles off the Northumberland Coast. Both an island and a picturesque village, Holy Island has a wealth of fascinating history and provides stunning coastal views.

Alnmouth to Druridge Bay

Distance: 9 miles

Terrain: Easy, no hills

This fantastic route takes you past castles, tourist attractions and quaint fishing villages. The route ends at Druridge Bay, a stunning seven-mile stretch of sand running from Amble to Cresswell, which forms part of the Druridge Bay Country Park.

Souter to St Mary's

Distance: 11 miles

Terrain: Mixture of traffic-free paths and quiet roads

This route links the two lighthouses of Souter and St Mary's and features a ferry crossing at the River Tyne Estuary on the Shields Ferry.

Cleveland Coast: Redcar to Salburn-by-Sea

Distance: 6 miles

Terrain: Easy, largely traffic free but with some on-road sections. There is a short, steep climb in Saltburn

The Cleveland coast is stunning and this short, 6-mile route travels between the seaside resorts of Redcar and Saltburn. With sweeping beaches, miniature railway and the Pier and Cliff Lift, Saltburn is a great place to spend an afternoon.

Scarborough to Whitby

Distance: 21 miles. A shorter option is to travel to Robin Hood's Bay which is 15 miles.

Terrain: Largely traffic free but some short on-road sections. Relatively flat.

This lovely coastal route travels between the seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby.  Also known as the Cinder Track, it takes in fantastic views, secluded coves and historic sites, and has it all for the perfect day out.