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For those wanting to do the Le Tour de Co-op and NOT wanting to do the FULL 53 miles.

You can do the SHORT off-road (mostly) route starting from the same point as the other riders from Broompark Picnic Area.

Travelling along the ROAD B6302 passed Ushaw Moor Co-op the Cockhouse Lane towards Esh Winning joining the lines (OFF-ROAD) at the Picnic Area.

Then along to Esh Winning leaving the lines to visit Esh Winning Co-op then re-joining the lines up to the incline, then (ROAD) Wolsingham Road and Sandy Lonnen to near Brancepeth then re-joining the lines to visit Brandon co-op then back on the lines and back to START finishing at Broompark Picnic Area.

A TOTAL of 15 miles.

STRAVA Route : https://www.strava.com/routes/8127730

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Enterprise car obstruction“In the last couple of weeks I have driven past the Enterprise Car Hire on the A167 just south of the Neville’s Cross lights to see a vehicle parked on the pavement in front of the site. The third time I stopped and took this picture.”

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Source: Pavement obstruction in front of Enterprise Car Hire – Ring 101 if you see it. | Nigel Martin

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Limited to 1,000 riders, open for entries now!

The Velo29 Tour Of The Pennines, our biggest Sportive and one of the most important new events in the 2015 calendar!

The event is based from Barnard Castle and takes in a choice of 2 Tour Routes, 66.9km and 129km. Both routes take in some of the most picturesque, exciting and little ridden roads in this wonderful area. Every mile of the New Etape route is carefully considered to make this event the one you’ll remember from 2015. There are 2 KOM climbs on the Short route and a whopping 6 on the Long. They are tough routes but the emphasis is on a well-designed, challenging and enjoyable ride, not on sending I up every climb we can find in the chase of a headline statistic. This is a ride everyone can enjoy.

via Nouveau Etape – velo29events.

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Sandstone Way autumn ride

A brand-new, 120-mile (193 kms) mountain bike trail has been announced for the 2015 tourist season linking Berwick-upon-Tweed and Hexham via Northumberland’s most spectacular coastal and countryside scenery.

‘The Sandstone Way’ will create opportunities for tourism services along its route in the way that long-distance walking trails have done for the area in recent years.  It runs along the sandstone ridge in North Northumberland, linking numerous sandstone crags and outcrops along its entire length with many spectacular views .

Between Berwick and Hexham it passes through numerous villages and small communities including Wooler, Belford, Rothbury, Elsdon and Bellingham, taking in the Simonside Ridge and other features of Northumberland National Park.  Cyclists will experience a ride through an amazing, ever-changing landscape which is rich in history, geology and iconic scenery.

The new trail is aimed at mountain bikers with as much as possible off-road and link sections on very quiet country lanes, and it has been designed to safely cross rivers, main roads and railway lines. It will appeal to riders of all abilities and most will take 3 or 4 days to complete it, whilst the ‘fit and the fast’ could possibly ride the route in 2 days. It’s almost certain some mountain bikers will try to do the whole route in a day but the organisers hope that families will be encouraged to ride safe, traffic-free sections of it with older children. The route is clearly waymarked on the ground with the distinctive green and yellow “S” roundel, and ten optional loops are also offered to appeal to ‘day riders’ who wish to cycle back to their starting point or follow a more challenging option. Package holidays to cycle the Sandstone Way have already been developed by tour operator, Saddle Skedaddle.

Rich Rothwell, the 24-hour endurance mountain bike rider who tested the route earlier this year said:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I am sure that many people will enjoy this route – incredibly quiet roads and some lovely flowing off road sections with stunning Northumberland scenery.”

Sandstone Way waymarker

The Sandstone Way is the brainchild of passionate cyclist, Ted Liddle, who designed the route building on a basic suggestion from Victoria Brown of Northumberland Joint Local Access Forum.  It was seed funded by Northumberland National Park Authority, who has also dealt with the complex administration, and it has been developed in conjunction with the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Project, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Tourism, CycleTRAX, Tyne Valley Mountain Bike Club and Recreational Tourism Services. Funding for infrastructure has been provided by The Rural Development Programme for England through the Northern Lands Project.

The Sandstone Way partnership will be conducting a series of training and familiarisation sessions with tourism businesses in the area over the winter to help them make the most of the opportunities to welcome cyclists.

Ted Liddle said:

“The Sandstone Way was designed to link some of the best lengths of off-road track in Northumberland taking mountain bikers into Northumberland’s hidden corners on centuries-old tracks and historic byways. The route traverses magnificent unspoilt scenery and offers iconic views with the sensation of remoteness.  Cycling the Sandstone Way really is an adventure which guarantees a truly memorable experience for all the right reasons.”

Duncan Wise, Visitor Development Officer at Northumberland National Park added:

“We are in the business of making memories, and those riding the Sandstone Way will have a wonderful excuse to stay longer in this beautiful part of the world.  The more folk use local accommodation, shops and services, the more our market towns and villages will stay vibrant and sustainable.”

Cycling tourism is on the increase in Northumberland with many visitors making the most of the county’s quiet and scenic roads and challenging hills. The boost has come about through a wide range of new events and facilities that have made it easy for people to bring their bikes north to enjoy challenging but unpressured rides.

The information portal www.cyclepad.org.uk, which was launched in 2013 has created an easy point of contact for all things cycling in the area.  In the last few years, the National Park has been sponsoring the Curlew Cup, an elite women’s road race in the Virgin Money Cyclone, whose challenge race runs through the National Park from Matfen.  The massive success of the Wooler Wheel cycling challenges has given hundreds of cyclists a taste of the Cheviots and Glendale, and Kielder’s well-known forest routes are a magnet for MTB riders. 2015 will also see the Tour of Britain coming to the county, which will focus cycling-aficionados’ attention on Northumberland from across the World.

The time is right for a new, county-long route that offers more than a day’s ride for the leisure cyclist and the Sandstone Way fits the bill on many levels: scenery, safety, challenge and welcome.  It is planned to launch the new trail in the Spring and a new website is under way.

Both Hexham and Berwick upon Tweed are served by rail, and there are bus connections along the coast and into the valleys of the National Park for those wishing to make a holiday of it and leave the car behind.

The Sandstone Way uses existing Public Rights of Way for most of its length, including an interesting mix of double-width dirt tracks, sections of singletrack, unsurfaced lanes and bridleways of all types as well as byways and little known Unclassified County Roads (UCRs). There are linking sections of quiet minor roads and surfaced country lanes. A distinctive route map will be available in the early Spring.

Sandstone Way map

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Dinah and Ben Hatch and family take a leisurely cycle through the county’s old mining country

Route information

Length 12 miles

Duration 4 hours (approx)

Start Broompark, Durham

Finish Lydgetts Junction

Classification Easy

Terrain Off-road, some hills

Who’s it good for? Families; couples and friends

MapOS Explorer 307 and 308

Broompark to Lydgetts Junction

Now let’s be clear about this. We, the Hatches, are not an outdoorsy family. We wish we were, but somehow catastrophe always strikes when the pavement runs out; we panic when we cannot hear traffic, at least in the distance.

A family member was knocked into the Atlantic with a paddle when we last kayaked and on a holiday cycle ride our son’s tagalong became detached Frank Spencer-style and he rolled down into a canal in France. But we are determined to instil the virtues of the countryside and activity into our children Phoebe, nine, and Charlie, seven, so we agreed to a weekend of ruddy-faced cycling in Durham. We left the iPad at home, banned all talk of Minecraft and even bought an Ordnance Survey map (that’s what folk do, isn’t it?).

via Diggin’ the past: Durham’s scenic cycling country | Travel | theguardian.com.

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Walkers, cyclists, runners and outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoy a new public path, linking the past and the future, between Shildon and Newton Aycliffe.

The two-mile tarmacked route called Locomotion Way is now open and traces the route of the old Stockton and Darlington railway line, which first opened in 1825 and was the first public railway in the country to use steam locomotives. The route ends at Hitachi, who are bringing train building back to County Durham thanks to their £82m factory which will create 730 jobs.

Locomotion Way will help cyclists and walkers get to work or school in half the time it would take to get between Shildon and Newton Aycliffe by road. It’s also open to anyone wanting to enjoy a leisurely stroll as well as runners and horse-riders, and is fully accessible for wheelchair users and mobility scooters.

MAP OF ROUTE

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Timeline Photos – Durham County Council.

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The Roof of England Cycling Club is for anyone who loves cycling in Allendale, Weardale and Teesdale.

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43km

 Based at Chatterbox Cafe in the picturesque village of St John’s Chapel at the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we can provide the routes, the cafes and pubs, somewhere to stay – as well as things to do when your legs won’t go any further.

 There are no centrally organised rides which means you can come on your own, with your friends or family, or with mates from your home club and ride in your own time and on your own terms.

The Roof of England Cycling Cub is not just for those of us fortunate to live here – it’s for anybody who wants to have fun in our natural cycling playground – whether it be for a day out from home, as part of a long distance trek, or as a base for a week long holiday.

The Facebook group and this website are administered by Cameron Gordon from Chatterbox Cafe in St John’s Chapel as part of our ambition to help more people to enjoy The North Pennines  in a environmentally responsible, yet extremely fun way.

Roof of England Cycling Club – Facebook GROUP

http://roofofenglandcycling.moonfruit.com/

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