See out the winter on the north east’s trails

The Kielder Forest Border Railway Trail is just one the routes available in the north east

Even though the nights are drawing in and winter is fast approaching, there’s still plenty of chance to get outdoors on the trails in north east England.

The Coast to Coast ride through the North Pennines clocks in at almost 150 miles, while the Kielder Deadwater Mountain Bike Trail climbs the 1900ft Deadwater Fell, straddling the England-Scotland border.

The trail plummets from the peak back down to Kielder Castle on single track featuring technical climbs, rocky drop-offs, berms and sweeping north shore.

The Coast and Castles trail takes you deep into the history of Northumberland with Lindisfarne and Bamburgh Castle, the ancient capital of Northumbria.

While the six-mile Tees Railway Path offers a more sedate option, passing through the picturesque villages of Mickleton and Romaldkirk.

With the walking route over Hadrian’s Wall closed over the winter, the cycleway is the best way to see the world heritage site before spring.

The entire ride stretches to 172 miles but the highlight of the route is the 20-mile section between Haltwhistle and Hexham that climbs up the north flank of the South Tyne Valley Shield before a thrilling descent to the former Roman fort at Vindolanda.

For more information on riding in the north east this winter, click here.


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