Best Bike Rides in Newcastle

If you’re looking for a fun and challenging way to get around Newcastle, cycling is the perfect option. There are plenty of great bike rides in Newcastle that will test your skills and provide an amazing view of the city. Here are five of the best biking locations in Newcastle. Remember if your looking for somewhere to take the kids, then we have a great post on the best family days out.

Coast to Coast Cycle Route

c2c cycle route

The Coast to Coast route covers around 225km of terrain and starts by the coast of  Northwest England. The trail leads through the town of Tynemouth before winding up into the hilly countryside. You will cycle past nine different reservoirs on your way towards Belford Forest, which offers a great view of Newcastle city. Boxing, The trail will eventually lead you back to the North Sea where you will see the c2c sign.

This amazing cycle route offers three different starting destinations, which are Whitehaven, St Bees and Workington. All three starting points offer their own amazing experience.

Where can I take a rest on the Coast to Coast Cycle Route?

With the majority of c2c trips taking between 3 and 4 days and some lasting longer or shorter it is important to take a few rests along the way. Some of the best places to take a much-needed rest on the route include Alston Youth Hostile, Denton house and Haggs Bank Bunkhouse are three of the best places to take a break.

The Alston Youth Hostel is an affordable accommodation favoured by many who take on this challenge.  With around 60% of their guests being participants of the C2C it is clearly a good option. Located at about halfway through the route Alston Youth Hostel has many essential features for a cyclist. This hostel has space for 28 and offers visitors showers, a secure indoor location for bikes, a drying room and power sockets for electric bikes.

Denton house is found in a scenic area of the Lake District, Keswick. Offering a booking limit of up to 58 people it is sure to fit your groups’ needs. From Sunday to Thursday a stay here will cost you £19 and for Friday and Saturday £22.

Haggs Bank Bunkhouse offers group accommodation for 25 in 3 bunkrooms of 5,9 and 11. A fully equipped self-catering kitchen is also provided with lots of room around it to relax after a tiring day. The cost per bunk is £25 per night. To get sole occupancy of the bunkhouse it would be £400 per night. For an additional fee you can hire out the barbeque to eat outside with the wonderful scenery or you could even hire the fire pit.

How long does a coast-to-coast cycle route take?

With there being six different coast-to-coast routes it is hard to put an exact figure on it. However, on average it is estimated that it takes 3-5 days for most people. These figures heavily depend upon your personal circumstances, so there may be more variation for some people.

Is the Coast to Coast cycle route difficult?

The Coast to Coast cycle route is down as a moderately difficult route. It is definitely a cycle route that will put you to the test.

The Town Moor Loop Route


Loop route

This route is perfect for beginners or those looking to get a feel for biking in Newcastle. It’s just over 1km long and you will ride it around six times to get a total of 7 kilometres. The loop begins at Jesmond Dene, which has been designated as public open space by the Council. You can either bike clockwise or counter-clockwise on your way around the loop as both directions have a path that’s suitable for biking. This bike route will take you close to our Newcastle financial adviser offices.

Kirkley Cycles Café Route

This spectacular route is ranked as the best route in Newcastle by Komoot. And I couldn’t agree more, with a lovely café to stop off at along the route nothing can beat it. This route will take on average 2hours and 30minutes to complete with a 33mile distance.

Starting at west Jesmond train station you will travel to Scotswood bridge, which crosses over the River Tyne. After 1.44Km you will reach Town Moor. Town Moor is a lovely open space of green land which can be found very close to central Newcastle. Offering some nice city views it is a great spot to cycle through. The next waypoint you will find yourself at is WATBike. WATBike is a bike workshop and cycle shop that can be found 31.8km from your starting point. It is perfect for any bike repairs or issues you have whilst on the route. 19 miles into the route you will find yourself at Kirkley Café which offer some lovely home baked cakes. As you continue on with the route you will eventually reach Newburn Bridge, 58.8mi into the journey, that offers a lovely view of the river and countryside around it. When you continue alongside the river you will see Blaydon Races sculpture. Blaydon Races Sculpture is displayed here to reference the old horse racing course that used to run by the side of the river. 0.3 mi later you will find yourself back at the train station.

The Quayside from Geordies to Gretna

Newcastle Quay Side

This trail takes you through some of the most famous biking spots in Newcastle such as Jesmond Dene and Grey’s monument. It’s 117km long and a great option for those looking to test their biking skills in Newcastle. The trail also passes by the Quayside, which has been voted one of the best riversides in Europe due to its unique location. With an approximate journey time of 6hrs and 30 minutes it is quite a challenge.

Throckley Local Route

Any biker who wants to take a quick spin into the country side should try out the Throckley Local Route. The 15km long route offers a rare opportunity to bike along the Gateshead and Newcastle boundary as it takes you towards Ouseburn Valley and Bell’s Close, which is part of the Blaydon Horseshoe walk. This route will take approximately 38 minutes to complete.


If you’re thinking about taking up biking in Newcastle, make sure you remember to wear a helmet and have front lights at all times. It’s also advisable to have a few changes of clothes as we all know what our traditional English weather is like. There are plenty of different routes to choose from, so you can find one that fits your skill level and interests. Enjoy cycling through Newcastle!

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