Archive for May, 2013

Local and national charities are looking to ‘gear up’ for this year’s Durham Big Ride and Beast.

The events, on the first and eighth of September this year, are a great way of charities and worthy causes to get together and raise some money while having a great day out at the same time.

Colin Wilkes, Director of Durham Big Ride believes this is a prime example of the events becoming more and more part of the community in the Durham area: “The Durham Big Ride and Beast are there for everyone to get involved and to become a part of. Local charities are always looking for fund-raising ideas and with our varied distances, there is a route for all ages and abilities to bring money in for their favourite cause.”

One such cause has already started recruiting for Durham Big Ride on September first. Rainbow Trust is a national charity that has care teams across the country supporting families of life threatened and terminally ill children. The care team based in Durham supports families across the whole of the North East.

via News and views from E T Communications: Charities are recruiting for Durham Big Ride.

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Bike Week is the UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event, with almost half a million people participating at events across the country. The aim is to promote everyday cycling for everyone and to get more people cycling, more often. Bike Week events offer something for everyone; from families, schools and companies, to seasoned cyclists and those who have never cycled before.

The official Bike Week will take place 15th – 23th June 2013.

via Bike Week 2013.


Magical History Tour 16/06/13 16/06/13 Washington Lead / Guided ride Open
Evening social ride 19/06/13 19/06/13 Washington Children family ride Open
Fellside School Pedalling Picnic 22/06/13 22/06/13 Shotley Bridge Children family ride Open
Back on y’ bike Beginners social bike ride 22/06/13 22/06/13 Newcastle Adult beginners / Easy ride Open
Virgin Money Cyclone 27/06/13 30/06/13 Newcastle upon Tyne Festival Open
south tyneside N-U-T bike ride 23/06/13 23/06/13 South Shields Other Open
FaulknerBrowns Bicycle 17/06/13 21/06/13 Newcastle Upon Tyne Workplace event Open
Balance Bike Fun Days 22/07/13 16/08/13 Contact for details Cycling skills training Open
Learn to Ride Sessions 23/07/13 15/08/13 Contact for details Cycling skills training Open
Parks & Bridges Guided Ride 16/06/13 16/06/13 Stockton on Tees Lead / Guided ride Open
STOCKTON SENIORS’ SPORTIVE 16/06/02 16/06/13 Stockton-on-Tees Club ride (open to non-members) Open
Free Bikers Breakfasts @ Middlesbrough Cycle Centre 15/06/13 22/06/13 Middlesbrough Bike breakfast Open
Bike Academy promotional day 22/06/13 22/06/13 Middlesbrough Advice / Information on cycling Open

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Update : 22nd May 2013

Been down to the riverside route in Durham today took a couple of photos, looks like the barrier near the west end of the problem area has been damaged and pushed over. ! Also noticed Durham Council Sign but still no official diversion yet.

Barriers knocked over.

Barriers knocked over.

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Cyclepath durham

The riverside section of the Walney to Wear route in Durham has become impassable due to several landslips below Pelaw Woods. Sustrans is working on a diversion and we’ll have a plan for it on this website very shortly. Apologies for any inconvenience in the meantime.’

via W2W — Difficulties at Durham.

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Cycling up in Weardale – why not stop off at the Chatterbox Cafe in St. Johns Chapel


The place in Upper Weardale to enjoy Coffee, Craft and a Chat.A place for locals to meet-up, for passing traffic to take a break,
for cyclists and walkers to get a refill, and art and craft lovers to drive to.

Food Styles

Price Range £ (0-10)

Mon – Fri: 08:00 – 18:00
Sat – Sun: 10:00 – 17:00


Attire Casual

Walk-ins welcome
Good for groups or parties
Good for children
Table service
Outdoor seating

Chatterbox Facebook PAGE.# Chatterbox on Twitter @_Chatterboxcafe

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