- Distance: 74 miles
- Type: On road. Traffic free sections between Commondale and Castleton and over the Larpool Viaduct into Whitby
Route 165 starts in Barnard Castle, a market town that sits of the north bank of the River Tees. A mostly on-road route it takes you through the Tees Valley, onto Kildale Moor and then into the beautiful North York Moors National Park. The route then travels through the hilly Esk Valley and onto the seaside town of Whitby. There are traffic free sections between Commondale and Castleton, and over the Larpool Viaduct into Whitby. There are numerous station stops on the Esk Valley Line between Great Ayton and Whitby. The route is part of the Walney to Whitby (W2W) cycle route.
Things to see and do
Visit the 12th century castle that gave Barnard Castle its name. With amazing views over the Tees Gorge, this is not to be missed.
On arriving in Whitby, make sure you go and see Whitby Abbey, one of the best tourist attractions on the Yorkshire coast and a site that inspired Bram Stoker's gothic novel, Dracula.
This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
Route 165 is part of the Walney to Whitby route, linking Barnard Castle to Whitby.