This guided leisure ride takes the most direct route to Bamburgh from Wooler. It makes its way past Weetwood Bridge and Fowberry to Lyham Bank. Then it’s a strenuous climb up to the top of this mile long bank to the Bowden Doors crag – popular with rock climbers. A rest to relax tensed muscles and to enjoy the best panorama of the Cheviots available. What goes up must come down . So continuing the ride, after a mile or so of undulations the route reaches the exhilarating descent into Belford.
At Belford the route takes the northern crossing of the A1 and follows the lovely undulating road to Budle Bay and then on to Bamburgh where there will be time for lunch (pubs, shop, cafes) and a stroll on Northumberland’s best beach, or just sitting beside the cricket green being overwhelmed by the massive majesty of Bamburgh Castle. Bring your own packed lunch if you prefer.
The return route runs more or less parallel to and to the south of the incoming route taking us to to the southern crossing of the A1 at Belford. It then makes for Chatton (avoiding the climb to Lyham Bank from the other side) making a thrilling descent from Chattonpark Hill to the old Chatton Bridge. The final leg is along the B6438 back into Wooler.
Price: Voluntary donations to Northumberland National Park Foundation payable on the day
The ride is all on road. Distance: 32 Miles.
Toilets: Public toilets are at Wooler and Bamburgh. Toilets at pubs and cafes are generally for customers only.
The ride is operated by the Wooler Cycle Hub on behalf of Northumberland National Park Authority.