Three Rivers

Route Details

  • Route: Connects Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Durham, Consett, Newcastle and South Shields
  • Distance:  Middlesbrough to South Shields on the Three Rivers Cycle Route is 80 miles
  • National Cycle Network: Route 1, 7, 14 and 72
  • Type: Largely traffic free

Route Description

The unique Three Rivers Cycle Route travels through contrasting landscapes and past some of the most iconic sights and attractions in the North East.  These include the historic Durham Cathedral World Heritage Site, the modern Millennium Bridge and the impressive Sage Music and Arts Centre in Gateshead, Hartlepool's Historic Quay and of course the three rivers, the Tyne, Tees and Wear with their industrial and maritime heritage.

Numbered as National Route 14, blue signposts will guide you along its snaking 80miles (129km) between Middlesbrough and South Shields and along a host of interesting alternative routes including the C2C sculpture trail and the Two Rivers Cycleway between Sunderland and South Shields which passes Souter Lighthouse.

The Three Rivers covers the network of traffic-free railway paths in the North-East, including the Derwent walk, the Lanchester valley, Consett-Sunderland Railway path and sculpture trail and Wansbeck Estuary Art Trail.


The Three Rivers cycle route map is now out of print.  The route is covered on Tyne & Wear Cycle Map 34 and North York Moors Cycle Map 33.

Things to see and do

  • Tynemouth Priory and Castle
  • Tyne Bridge
  • Gateshead Millenium Bridge
  • Durham Cathedral
  • Tees Barrage
  • Sage Music and Arts Centre in Gateshead
  • Hartlepool's Historic Quay

Other information

This ride incorporates part of the North Sea Cycle Route route, the world's longest signed international cycle route, passing through 7 countries around the North Sea.

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Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.

This long distance route connects Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Durham, Consett, Newcastle and South Shields.

80 miles