There is no better way to explore the miles of stunning scenery, deserted roads and see the variety of wildlife than on the back of a bike. Ride through some of the best countryside in the UK on one of the many dedicated cycle ways in Northumberland that allow you to enjoy the stunning scenery on safe country roads and tracks.

But it's not just for those looking for a leisurely ride as there are some truly challenging long distance cycle routes too such as the Pennine Cycleway, England's longest cycle route or Hadrian's Cycleway which stretches across the length of the World Heritage Site taking in Roman forts and temples along the way.

Mountain bikers are also well catered for with the famous Deadwater Trails at Kielder Water and Forest Park where you can experience some of the best views in Britain whilst you head down the 1,900ft summit of Deadwater Fell. Or test out your skills on the Castlewood Loop which incorporates decking and bridges.

The Coast and Castles cycle route is also a great way to visit some of the many historical sites in the county such as Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle.

If you are looking for accommodation that is right on the doorstep of all these fantastic cycling opportunities then look no further. We have many properties that are within 20km of cycling heaven. Just click on `cottages suitable for cycling' to begin your adventure.

Hadrian's Cycleway

Stretching along the length of this World Heritage Site, this 150 mile route brings you into contact with some of the finest roman heritage sites, forts and museums.

Cycling at Kielder Water and Forest Park

With over 600 Kilometres of forest and 27 miles of Shoreline to choose from, Kielder Water and Forest Park is perfect for cycling

Mountain bike hire, sales and demo centre in Kielder. Tel: 01434 250457

Coast and Castle Trail

This route begins in Newcastle and winds its way through Berwick and Melrose up to Edinburgh in Scotland. In total it is 200 miles with 39 miles of this being traffic free.

Forming part of the National Cycle Network route 68, this challenging long distance route takes you from Derby right up to Berwick-upon-Tweed!

Cycling in Kielder Forest Park

Surrounding Kielder and home to the largest forest in Britain, Kielder Forest Park is a fantastic location for keen mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Simonside Forest Trails
Simonside Forest Trails

Simonside Forest is located a few miles to the south west of the village of Rothbury in mid-Northumberland. It offers a range of walks for all abilities. The longer walks look out over stunning landscapes. The trails are also ideal for mountain biking.

The Pennine Cycleway

There are two aspects to the Pennine Cycleway. One follows the Southern Pennines and this one, through the Northern Pennines from Berwick-on-Tweed to Appleby.

Reivers Route

The Reivers Route, known as the `Return C2C', takes you from the end of the west-to-east route all the way back to the start of the C2C.

A challenging route which winds its way across the English - Scottish border through beautiful countryside and magnificent landscapes.

Coast and Castles Cycle Route

Running along the Northumberland Coast between Tynemouth and Berwick, this relatively easy going route is perfect for a pleasant meander along the stunning Northumbrian coast.