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Families encouraged to get on their bikes in Northumberland

As the eyes of the cycling world fell on Northumberland, families are being encouraged to get on their bikes with the launch of a new family bike ride leaflet.

The leaflet is now available hot on the heels of the Tour of Britain coming through the county yesterday (MON). It highlights 10 Family Bike Rides across the county and will be available in Tourist Information Centres, Libraries and Customer Service Centres.

It has been developed by Northumberland County Council in partnership with Cycle Northumberland, Northumberland National Park, the Forestry Commission, Cycle Generation and the National Trust.

The routes have been specially chosen to include places where bike hire is available and to show the variety of cycling routes available.


The 10 routes are:

Breamish Valley

Salmon Cycle, Hexham

Wagon Wheels, Tyne Riverside Park, Prudhoe

Country Parks (Gallagher Park, Bedlington and Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington)

Coast and Castles (Druridge to Alnmouth)

Ford and Etal

Kielder Water & Forest Park

The Dragon Trail, Wallington

Berwick to Cocklawburn Beach

Blyth to St Mary’s Lighthouse


Each route also includes useful information including nearby parking, toilets and places to eat.

Cath Homer, Cabinet member for Culture, Arts, Leisure and Tourism at the council said: “The Tour of Britain coming to Northumberland is a fantastic opportunity for the county to promote and demonstrate the wealth and variety of cycle routes available.

“We also want there to be a lasting legacy from this major sporting event which helps to encourage people to get out and get active. This leaflet will make it easier for families to choose the right route for them and to explore our breathtaking coast and countryside on two wheels.”

The leaflet and some of the routes are also

available to download at

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