Friday 29th of May 2015

On Your Bike!!

Our cottages lie right in the heartland of some of the best cycle routes in Northumberland. Being the least populated county in England we can offer road bikers miles and miles of quiet roads taking you through wild open countryside with sweeping views.

All 4 of our cottages are situated just off the Pennine Cycleway North (Sustrans route 68) and we are also within cycling distance of Bamburgh which features on the famous Coast to Castle route. For those wanting a less challenging ride or a day out with the family Heatherslaw Visitor Centre, a few miles away, hires out adult and children’s bikes as well as maps, helmets and bike locks – a great way to see the Ford and Etal estate and take in the many attractions of the area, see http://www.ford-and-etal.co.uk/what-to-do/heatherslaw-cycle-hire for further details.

For the off roaders there is choice aplenty. The newly opened Sandstone Way is a fantastic 120mile mountain biking route between Berwick upon Tweed and Hexham and part of the route runs very near to our properties. There are optional loops offered that provide great day rides which are accessible to all abilities from families with small children to fit competent mountain bikers.

Much of the route is off road and links the Northumberland Coast area of outstanding natural beauty with the Northumberland National Park making it one of the most scenic rides in England whilst taking in historical and geological features. See http://www.sandstoneway.co.uk/for further information.

For those wanting to travel further afield, but still within a couple of hours, you will find Kielder Forest to the South with its extensive network of off-road trails and family friendly lakeside routes whilst over the border to the North is the famous Glentress Forest, a mountain biking Mecca deep in the Tweed Valley.

Three of our cottages have lockable outhouses with storage for bikes whether you are bringing them with you or hiring them locally. For details of local hire and for more information on cycling in Northumberland see http://www.cyclepad.org.uk/.