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 Cycling

The North Pennines abounds in two-wheeled excitement and adventure! If your passion is moorland tracks beneath your wheels then look no further! Alternatively if road routes are more your style - the AONB has quiet country roads a plenty!   

The area has some of the country's best cycling. Quiet country roads, a range of traffic-free routes, unequalled scenery and a wide choice of places to stay make it a great destination!

The C2C, Pennine Cycleway and Walney to Wear (and Whitby) National Cycle Routes all pass through the North Pennines.

Visit Explore North Pennines to discover the amazing range of activities available across the AONB. At the heart of this site is an interactive map which will allow you to search by activity, interest and location.

Roof of England Sportive 

Annual ride starting and finishing in St. John's Chapel, Weardale. Three routes (The Winking Sheep - 90, The Durham Dales - 56 and The Short and Steep Course - 30 miles) wholly within the North Pennines AONB. Registered with British Cycling. 2016 date - Sunday 28 August.

Touring cyclists exploring the North Pennines
Mountain biking on the Alston Packhorse Trail