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.
Tour of the Reservoir – 22 & 23 June
- This is Round 5 of the HSBC UK National Road Series 2019. This year this professional race circumnavigates Derwent Reservoir and in 2019 will be starting and finishing in nearby Consett as part of a wider festival in the town. More info here and here.
Winking Sheep Sportive – Postponed for 2019
- This sportive runs wholly within the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark. Registered with British Cycling. The 2019 edition has unfortunately been postponed – hopefully it will run in 2020. Keep an eye on Winking Sheep Sportive for more information
Velo North – Sunday 1 September
- Starting and finishing in Durham City – 100/50-mile, closed road, routes exploring the Durham Dales and the North Pennines AONB & UNESCO Global Geopark. Velo North for more details and to enter.
Tour of Britain – Tuesday 10 September
- Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain in 2019 will be travelling between Gateshead and Kendal (171.5km). The route will enter the North Pennines AONB near Derwent Waterside Park, will descend Crawleyside into Stanhope (Weardale), travel over the moors to Middleton-in-Teesdale and then travel along Lunedale over to Brough. More info on the Tour of Britain 2019 which runs 7 to 14 September here.