A major change is that next year’s route will start and finish at the Delaval Arms making organisation much easier. The event will take place over the weekend of May 28-30 2016 and involve cycling approximately 155 miles in the Northumbrian countryside.
Day 1 – Delaval Arms to Bellingham.
Starting at the Delaval Arms, the route heads south on NCN 1 towards Tynemouth before joining the Reivers Route (NCN 10) at North Shields. We will stay on the Reivers all the way to Bellingham, a distance of 55 miles and climbing 2 355 feet along the way.
Day 2 – Bellingham to Kielder and return
Day 2 is a 45 mile loop, heading from Bellingham to Kielder then cycling round the Lakeside Way Cycle Trail before returning to Bellingham for a second night. 2 817 feet are climbed on Day 2.
Day 3 – Bellingham to the Delaval Arms
Day 3 is the reverse of Day 1 (approximately 52 miles with 1 946 feet of climbing) but when we reach Backworth we may avoid cycling back along the coast and take a more direct route instead.