There is a total of 350 miles of cycle paths in Northumberland. Four of the most famous cycle routes in the country run through Northumberland: Hadrian's Cycleway, The Coast & Castles, Pennine Cycleway, and the UK's most popular route, the Sea to Sea (C2C).
The Pennine Cycleway (Route 68), the Sandstone Way, and the Reivers Route, all pass within 400 yards of Brown Rigg.
Northumberland's quiet rural roads are perfect for more leisurely cyclists looking to see the countryside, and of course, Brown Rigg has the facilities needed to ensure that all cyclists have a pleasant stay!
If you don't want to bring your own wheels, you can hire a quality bike, even an electric bike, in the nearby town of Bellingham and explore the many miles of natural or purpose built MTB trails that Kielder has to offer. Check out The Bike Place website for details.
We are ideally located for cyclists eager to experience the new Sandstone Way trail. It is a new 120 miles / 192km (approx) mountain biking route between Berwick upon Tweed and Hexham along the Sandstone Ridge in North Northumberland linking numerous sandstone features, crags and outcrops. The route traverses through an amazing ever-changing landscape which is rich in history, geological features and iconic scenery.
The Sandstone Way links numerous villages and small communities including Wooler, Rothbury and Bellingham.
The Sandstone Way has been designed for mountain bikers and being braided for selected sections, will appeal to all abilities. It uses a mix of existing rights of way of varies surfaces and widths interlinked by the minimum amount of quiet roads possible.
Rideable in one long day for the super-fit, most riders will take three or four days to complete the route. The route is clearly waymarked with a green and yellow “S” roundel.
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.
The Sandstone Way was developed by veteran trail creator Ted Liddle, who also worked on the C2C and the Reivers’ Way and many other long-distance cycle trails. It was seed-funded by Northumberland National Park Authority, Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Project, Northumberland County Council, Tyne Valley Mountain Bike Club and the Rural Development Programme for England through the Northern Lands Project.
Experience Kielder Forest and the North Tyne Valley on a bike. From the Lakeside Way around Kielder Water, to the more adventurous Osprey Trail (blue grade), all the way to the more technical red grade trails like Lonesome Pine, there's a trail to suit everyone.
The Reivers Route opened in 1998 and is 173 miles long. It is also known as the ‘Return C2C’ as it takes you from the end of the west-to-east route all the way back to the start of the C2C.
It is a great route in its own right – in some ways superior to the C2C – but it has not had as much attention and money spent on it. It is now part of the National Cycle Network and the route between Tyneside and Kielder.
The route winds its way through some of the wildest and most untouched countryside in the UK. It starts at the mouth of the mighty River Tyne, finishes on the Cumbrian coast and along the way, riders follow the shores of Kielder Water – Europe’s largest man-made lake – before crossing the Border for a brief foray into Scotland.
National Route 68 of the National Cycle Network is known as the Pennine Cycleway. It runs up the spine of England and through three National Parks between Derby and Berwick-upon-Tweed, taking in castles and other wonders of Northumberland.
The nearest part of the route takes you from Slaggyford to Haltwhistle and it is predominantly traffic-free on the South Tyne Trail. It then shares the National Route 72 for a short stretch on-road before continuing, also on-road, through the Northumberland National Park to Bellingham.
From the Hartside to Bellingham stage, you'll see the beautiful Northumberland wilderness; a preserved railway line; you'll pass Hadrian's Wall and if you're lucky you might spot red squirrels.
The track through Wark Forest is wild and isolated. Farms dominate the countryside before reaching Bellingham. Then, from Bellingham, you can continue on the Pennine Cycleway to Alwinton via the village of Elsdon. Your reward here is the castle, tower house, and tea-rooms.