Killingworth is in an ideal location in the heart of the Northumberland Countryside, so if you have recently moved to the town and enjoy outdoor activities and exercise pursuits then you are certainly in the right place. Cycling has always been a popular pastime in the UK, but thanks to the success of our national team in recent sporting events like the Olympics and the Tour de France, this is now one of the fastest growing sports in the country that adults and children of all ages can enjoy. Many residents in rural areas use a bicycle to get around and these are ideal for nipping to the market or local town to stock up on supplies but this is also an ideal way of exploring the surrounding countryside to discover all that the county has to offer.
Northumberland has over 350 miles of cycle routes on offer ranging from taxing long distance ones to shorter more leisurely routes that are suitable for the whole family and many of these take in some local landmarks and heritage sites along the way. The Coast & Castles Cycle Route covers 192 miles and runs between Newcastle in the north east of England and Edinburgh, the Scottish capital city just north of the border. Almost half of this particular route incorporates the stunning Northumberland coastline and much of it is fairly flat, so cyclists can take in the surrounding landscape which features many castles and historical landmarks along the way, amid coves and bays of all shapes and sizes, rocky headlands and seemingly endless lush green countryside. Hadrian’s Cycleway is a meandering route that, not surprisingly, runs alongside Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site for over 170 miles between Ravenglass and Tyneside, ending at the River Tyne. 33 miles of this incorporates the symbolic central sections of the wall which was built by the Romans so there are also many old Roman towns and other historical sites from this period along the way. The middle part of this route encompasses several hilly regions so this is a more challenging course that is not suited to inexperienced cyclists.
The Pennine Cycleway also takes in part of Hadrian’s Wall and intersects with Hadrian’s Cycleway for around 7 miles however the entire route is one of the largest in the area and encompasses over 350 miles in total. The most northern section runs between the North Pennines (a range of hills not far from the Scottish border) and the town of Berwick upon Tweed while the southern section winds through miles of lonely hill and valley areas. At this point the route becomes very challenging as it continues to rise and fall until it reaches the edge of the Cheviot Hills before crossing back onto flatter lands for the latter section of this route. One of the most isolated routes takes in some of the region’s least populated land and this is the Reivers Cycle Route which runs through the county’s most desolate terrain for 187 miles from Ponteland in the East all the way to the hilly landscapes that run along the border between England and Scotland.