Ponteland/Elsdon cafe ride – much loved for group rides, big hills but nice cake!!
Helvellyn Bike Course – extreme hillage, check out top speed by Simon here!!
4 Steep hills around yon side of Durham – only 23k but hard on the legs
The Derwent Dash – 57. Loads of quiet roads, to maybe include in your long ride
Up north of the Tyne
Ooof a long one but very rewarding
Prob best done on a quiet traffic day, out to Nevilles Cross n back
A nice flat route around Seaburn, Shields, Boldon, Nissan, Seaham cafe n back
A Mountain Bike route with mixed surfaces – optional technical sections, good fun and great scenery at times
The Hill Hunter
The action starts from Shiney Row, whichever way you get there, and by action we are talking about a logistical way to take in some of the biggest hills in the north east without riding all day, 4 hours should be ample for most. Hill number 1: Ouston to Sunnyside, starts with a long drag and soon climbs steep n slow to Sunnyside. Hill 2: Hamsterly Mill to Medomsley – just as the road appears to join a main road, we take the left bend and climb the steep tree lined road, up to Medomsley and descend to Shotley Bridge. Hill 3 Shotley village – a steep road and a false summit, takes us to the high point of the ride. Hill 4 Peth bank, turning left out of Lanchester provides the steepest climb. Its downhill all the way back to chester-le-st and after a short climb through Lumley, Woodstone and Burnmoor your back on the road to Shiney!!! Be warned – you really need a confident 60 miles in the legs before even trying, and check your brakes for those 40mph free wheels
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