The Reivers Cycle Routes
The long-distance Reivers Cycle Routes are two intertwining signed / waymarked bi-directional ‘coast to coast’ cycle routes between the North Sea and the Irish Sea.
The original Reivers Cycle Route was created in 1998 eventually becoming NCN Route 10 with interlinking on-road and off-road sections but this soon morphed into a one-size-fits-all route which never worked well. The regenerated re-launched Reivers Cycle Routes are two intertwining route options – one which is as much off-road as possible suitable for gravel and cross bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes and a version designed for capable road cyclists 100% on tarmac.
The routes are bi-directional and continuously reward the rider with beautiful views of the constantly changing terrain, provide many places of interest to pass by or call in and many lovely villages and quiet hamlets to cycle through or stay the night. Most importantly, there is a supply of excellent on route or close-to-route refreshments stops.
The off-road version is waymarked with mulberry coloured waymarks, and the on-road route is signed using standard blue coloured cycle route signs. Some sections may no longer have or have ever been, allocated NCN status and those sections are signed and or waymarked without a red 10.
The Reivers Cycle Routes logo is a lime green coloured roundel detailing two crossed swords being a weapon favoured by the original Reivers. This logo brands the route and appears on all road signs. The same logo but mulberry coloured signifies and characterises the off-road alignment of the Reivers Cycle Route.
En route it is possible to: experience iconic landmarks beginning / ending at Tynemouth with its many historic connections, sandy cove, twin piers, castle and priory; ride through hidden parts of Northumberland rich with heritage; traverse Scandinavian-like Kielder Water and Forest Park; cross the line of Hadrian’s Wall; ride via Carlisle Castle and Tullie House Museum; take in little known corners of Northumberland National Park and enjoy the northern fringe of the Lake District National Park arriving at, or departing from, Maryport harbour on West Cumbria’s World Heritage Site coastline.
Reivers Off-road Adventure Cycle Route
The Reivers Off-road Adventure Route is a new style of waymarked long-distance cycle route which requires a higher level of self-sufficiency than traditional road-based cycle routes. This route is a ‘coast to coast’ journey as off-road as possible encompassing an incredible variety of landscapes in a truly imaginative way by utilising miles of excellent off-road tracks of real quality.
Reivers On-road Challenge Cycle Route
The Reivers On-road Challenge Cycle Route will provide an opportunity for road cyclists to safely and enjoyably cycle a scenic ‘coast to coast’ route which is 100% on-road passing through remote locations. This route version optionally starts/ends at Ponteland although starting/ending at Tynemouth remains an option.
The Reivers Adventure / Challenge Cycle Routes will appeal to a variety of touring cyclists looking for an achievable challenge and an opportunity to safely ride a ‘coast to coast’ route which is either as much off-road as possible or is entirely on-road.
Undoubtedly, both route options truly are challenging journeys of discovery, comprising many miles that are ‘off the beaten track’ waiting to be explored. Do plan to ride your preferred route type across this beautiful and often remote part of Northern England.
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