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Cycling in the North Pennines AONB

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.

2019 Events

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.

Packhorse trail routes

Our five ‘do in a day’ packhorse trail routes are ideal if you want to ride with confidence in the exhilarating landscapes of the North Pennines. The routes have been developed to allow you to explore the area by cycling along some of our oldest networks, including improvements in surfacing, water crossings and gates, with mountain bikers in mind.

To find out more about packhorse trails please click on the link here or visit the table below to download the guides.

Packhorse trail Distance County
Alston  18 miles (29km) Cumbria
Baldersdale 11 miles (18km) Durham
Blanchland 13 miles (21km) Northumberland
Hamsterley 16 miles (26km) Durham
Hartside 7 miles (11km) Cumbria

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